Savannah tops Maryville in overtime

By Andrew DeWitt The St. Joseph News-Press
Posted: October 8, 2011 - 12:40 AM

SAVANNAH, Mo. — Doubt settled into Zane Wilt’s mind after he fumbled a snap in overtime.


Savannah’s junior quarterback already watched his team surrender a two-touchdown lead, and he missed on five of his seven pass attempts. On the next play after the botched snap, Wilt ran up the middle and dragged two Maryville defenders and lunged into the end zone to give Savannah a seven-point lead after Andy Meyers’ extra point.


Savannah’s defense shut down the Spoofhounds offense in four plays in their overtime chance after senior linebacker Cole Leimbach’s sack on third down.


Senior free safety Blake McFadden broke up a fourth-and-15 pass which sent the Savannah sideline into a frenzy on the field to celebrate its 21-14 victory in the Highway 71 Showdown on Friday night at Savage Field.


“It seemed like the whole team hit me on that run,” Wilt said. “I can’t explain it; it’s amazing to me.”


Maryville entered the game the No. 1 team in Class 3 while Savannah ranks No. 8 in Class 4. It was the second consecutive win for Savannah over Maryville after losing 17 consecutive times to the Spoofhounds.


“We beat a legit opponent,” said Savannah coach Mark Cole, holding onto the Highway 71 trophy. “They’re a darn good football team, and we won the hard way. That gives us some validity.”


Maryville narrowly missed a game-winning 45-yard field goal as time expired in regulation when Tyler Walter’s boot went wide left by about a yard.

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