Coach Profile: Maryville's Matt Webb 1/3
By Ryan Edwards PrepsKC staff writer
In a town of 10,000 people, football is a way of life. Maryville head coach Matt Webb knows this all too well.
Webb was born and raised in Maryville, a small farming town one and one and a half hours northwest of Kansas City and home to Northwest Missouri State University. He attended Maryville High School, along with Adam Dorrel, the current head coach of Northwest Missouri State University. In high school, Webb played football and made the All-State team as a linebacker his senior year in 1993.
After graduating from Maryville High School, Webb attended William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri, where he played football for four years and earned a bachelor’s degree in communication.
“My coaches from William Jewell, Sam Brown and Mike Newman, those guys really influenced my life and getting my degree,” said Webb
After Webb left William Jewell, he became a graduate assistant at Southwest Baptist University, where he got his Master’s degree in teaching. Webb spent two and a half years at SBU under head coach Dennis Roland and was the team’s linebackers coach. After leaving SBU, Webb spent the next five years at Southeast Missouri State University where he worked for Tim Billings as an assistant defensive tackles coach. Webb left Southeast Missouri State University and started coaching at Southeastern Louisiana University, where Webb coached for seven years, the last four of those he spent as the defense coordinator.
When the Maryville head coach position became available two years ago, Coach Webb and his wife decided it was the perfect opportunity to move the family back to where it all began.
“I wanted to become a head coach, I never really thought about being a high school coach,” Webb said. “There is a sense of togetherness between the community here (Maryville), not only at the high school but at Northwest. This town supports both programs.”
In a year and one at his alma mater, Coach Webb led the Spoofhounds to its only perfect season in school history, while winning a state title over John Burroughs, last season. The ultimate goal for Coach Webb and his team was getting back to St. Louis, and winning another state championship.
“It was a very satisfying feeling, for those seniors last year to finish the season undefeated. I was satisfied for myself, and my coaches,” Webb said.
Webb’s team is currently on a 30 game winning streak. That streak almost came to an end early in the season against, upset minded Bishop LeBlond on Sept. 27. The Spoofhounds trailed the Eagles by six late in the fourth quarter. Senior quarterback, Trent Nally was able to lead the Spoofhound offense down the field giving them a chance to win the game. With less than a minute remaining in the game, Nally completed a short pass to Trent Dredge who sealed the victory with a 15-yard touchdown.
“We don’t hide the winning streak, we talk about,” Webb said. “I think that’s one thing people say all the time, ‘don’t talk the streak’. My belief is if we don’t talk about the streak someone else will.,”
Before the Spoofhounds could get to St. Louis they had to defeat Oak Grove in the Class 3 quarterfinal. The Spoofhounds knew they had a tough challenge ahead of them. The Panthers (11-1) were coming off an impressive 42-0 victory over then undefeated, Hogan Prep. The Spoofhounds prevailed beating Oak Grove 42-20.
“Oak Grove is a very good football team, very well coached, very physical, they are very sound in what they do,” Webb said before the Oak Grove game. “You look at some of the teams they played this year. Their only loss before the quarterfinal was to Pleasant Hill. Oak Grove is fantastic, they’re strong, they run the ball extremely well and are tough to score on.”
The quarterfinal win, set up a rematch of the last season’s state semifinal between Maryville and California. A win would ensure another trip to the Dome for Coach Webb’s undefeated Spoofhounds. And win is just what the they did beating the Pinto’s 22-14 ensuring the Spoofhounds a chance to defend their state championship.
The Spoofhounds who finished the season a perfect 15-0, played Seneca for the Class 3 State Championship. The Spoofhounds defeated Seneca 50-28 winning the State Class 3 Title. The Spoofhounds were led by junior running back Brody McMahon who rushed 154 yards on 15 carries and added a touchdown the Spoofhounds also got touchdowns from Nally who had four (three rushing, one passing), and Beemer who added a rushing touchdown to cap off the victory.
“This one is a little more special than last year,” Webb said. “Last, I think, we were still trying to get to know the players and I feel like this year we were more of a family this year. This means more to me as well.”
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