In a win or go home environment, the Maryville Spoofhounds were able to survive and advance with a 62-0 win over St. Joe Christian Friday evening.
Maryville (9-1), the No. 1 seed in MSHSAA’s Class 2 District 8 bracket, hosted No. 8 Christian (0-8). In its first year in 11-man football, the Lions came into the matchup winless. The game against the Spoofhounds wouldn’t result in a change of that.
“Our guys had every opportunity to quit. Obviously, Maryville is a great team,” Christian coach Troy Schenk said. “There’s no quit in our team. They fought, I’m proud of those guys for that.”
The night started with the Spoofhounds getting on the board first rather quickly. On the first play from scrimmage, senior running back Aiden Cullin found the sideline for a 59-yard touchdown. A Nic Garner extra-point gave the Spoofhounds a 7-0 lead just 19 seconds into the game.
Rather unheard of, the Maryville offense scored three touchdowns in three total plays ran. After two three-and-outs from the Lions’ offense, junior quarterback Ben Walker found Cullin for a 36-yard score. That was followed by a 48-yard touchdown run from junior tailback Trey Houchin.
“The goal this week was to come out and execute like the No. 1 seed in the tournament,” Maryville coach Matt Webb said. “I thought we did that. … I was very happy for our kids.”
With a 48-0 lead at the half, or deficit for St. Joe Christian, the two coaches and the officials got together and declared that the second half would be cut by six total minutes of game time. Along with a running clock, each quarter in the second half would be nine minutes.
The backups for Maryville continued the offensive showcase, scoring two more touchdowns to take the eventual 62-0 victory.