In a night where the two remaining undefeated teams in the MEC met, it was the Maryville Spoofhounds that outlasted Savannah 28-14 Friday evening at the Hound Pound.
With the Highway 71 Showdown trophy on the line, and at least a share of the MEC title, the rivalry that normally means a lot, meant that much more.
“I’m ecstatic,” Maryville coach Matt Webb said. “When you grow up in either one of these communities, you remember these games. It’s bragging rights. … This is one of those that you remember.”
The Spoofhounds (6-1) were able to crack the code in a first quarter that was plagued by stalled drives when junior running back Trey Houchin was able to find the end zone from 2 yards out. It wasn’t until when 1:38 remained in the quarter when the run from Houchin put Maryville ahead of Savannah 7-0.
The first of many failed fourth-down conversions for the Savages (6-2) came early on their first possession of the second quarter. Savannah was deep in Maryville’s territory when the turnover occurred, leading to an eventual touchdown via the legs of senior Connor Weiss to put the Spoofhounds up 14-0.
“We had our opportunities,” Savages coach Randy Schrader said. “Give credit to (Maryville) but if we make a play here and a play there — I don’t know if the scoreboard is any different, well I know it’s different — when you have a chance to make plays you just have to make plays.”
A 75-yard touchdown run from Spoofhounds’ senior Aiden Cullin gave Maryville a 21-0 lead. Shortly after, Maryville quarterback Ben Walker had a pass that was deflected off of his receiver’s hands. The ball was brought down by Caden Atoe and returned for a touchdown, giving the Savages advantage of one of the mere opportunities they had on the night.
The interception returned for a touchdown, bringing the game to 21-7 at the break, gave Maryville its closest halftime spread of all season, which was previously a deficit of 23 points in Week 1 against Blair Oaks.