MARYVILLE, Mo. — As the buzzer sounded from the scoreboard finalizing Maryville High School football’s commanding 56-20 win over Harrisonville Sept. 6, the Spoofhounds turned their attention to the conference schedule.
The Spoofhounds (1-1) were able to avoid an 0-2 start to their season, which hasn’t happened since 2005. After scoring 14 points against Blair Oaks in its Week 1 matchup, the Spoofhounds tallied 56 points in just three quarters.
“It obviously makes us feel good, all the way from the players to the coaches,” senior wide receiver Tate Oglesby said. “We knew, coming in, after last week, it was going to be a tough game. It was kind of make or break for us and we were going to see who we were mentally and physically.”
The Hounds were able to control the game on the ground. Maryville nearly had two 100 yard rushers. Senior running back Aiden Cullin led the way with 102 yards on 10 carries and one touchdown. Following up Cullin was Trey Houchin. The junior was able to score two times on 12 carries and recorded 88 yards.
As a result of the successful running game, Oglesby was able to haul in three passes for 90 yards and also returned a punt 74 yards for a touchdown. Junior quarterback Ben Walker threw for 216 yards and one touchdown on 11 completions. Fellow senior wide receiver Deon Metezier grabbed one pass and took it 38 yards for the only passing touchdown of the day.
For the third week in a row, Maryville will hit the road. Already the Spoofhounds have traveled 452 miles and after their excursion to Chillicothe, they will have traveled 680 miles before playing a game at the Hound Pound.
With three straight games on the road, Houchin said he and his team try not to focus on all the miles.
“We try not to let it get to our heads,” Houchin said. “We just go out there and stay hydrated, which is a big key, and getting out there and doing that (referring to the Harrisonville score), getting wins.
Chillicothe (2-0) is coming off of two non-conference wins against Marshall and Kirksville, outscoring its opponents 70-28.
After his team’s win, coach Matt Webb said the message for the first week of conference play will be identical to the past week’s.
“Same thing, one game doesn’t make a season,” Webb said. “Yes, we were able to improve a lot and win one football game but MEC play starts at Chillicothe. We’ve got another road trip, another long road trip. Chillicothe Hornets have been a rival for years.”
Since 2004, the Spoofhounds have won 10 of the matchups and nine of the last 10 meetings. In those competitions, Maryville’s average margin of victory has been 30.7 points.
Before winning eight straight games against the Hornets from 2009-16, Chillicothe had won five of the previous six.
“I can remember in the early 90s when I played football at Maryville High School you didn’t really like black and red,” Webb said. “Chillicothe is 2-0. Tim Rulo is their head football coach and it's their second year under a flexbone offense. And anytime you run a flexbone option offense they’re going to get better because they learn their schemes.”
Chillicothe is led by 19 seniors including running back Isaak Rasche who had 114 yards and one touchdown on 12 carries in the Hornets’ 50-21 win over Kirksville Sept. 6. Fellow senior running back Dawson Wheeler tallied 109 yards and two touchdowns in the game.
Under center, senior quarterback Jaden Winder has shown dual-threat capabilities throwing and rushing for a touchdown against the Tigers.
The Spoofhound defense will focus on stopping a Chillicothe rushing attack which collected 409 yards a week ago.
“We’ve had some great games with Chillicothe,” Webb said. “It’ll be exciting, it’s another road trip, they’ve got a beautiful facility. Let’s get everybody in Maryville over there to cheer us on because it’s going to be an exciting football game.”
“They’re very well-coached,” Webb said. “They beat Kirksville handly … If you want to win the MEC it’s a lot easier to start out 1-0 than 0-1.”