Maryville ends Van Horn's dream season
By Thomas Huitt-Johnson The St. Joseph News-Press
MARYVILLE, Mo. — Maryville’s brutal defense and dynamic running game partnered up again Wednesday night.
The Spoofhounds amassed almost 200 yards on the ground in the first half and five touchdowns on the way to a 41-0 win against Van Horn in their Class 3 regional at Maryville High School. Four different running backs for Maryville scored in the first two quarters, while the defense pitched its second shutout of the season.
“We just kind of keep doing what we’ve been doing,” coach Chris Holt said. “We got about five or six backs that can play a lot. In our offense we have to have that.”
Van Horn (7-4) had little chance after the opening kickoff.
The Falcons’ first play from scrimmage ended when quarterback Tyler Solomon dropped back to pass, only to have Caleb Mather record a 9-yard sack. From there, Maryville forced a three-and-out. When the Spoofhounds’ offense took over, the running game started rumbling.
Cole Forney scored on a 9-yard touchdown midway through the first quarter to put Maryville (10-1) up seven.
“This is playoff time,” Holt said. “This is when you come ready to play, and our kids were ready to play.”
Its defense again matched the running game’s intensity, forcing a Van Horn fumble that Nick Groumoutis recovered.
Derek Stiens, who led the team in rushing with 98 yards on seven carries, scored on the next play from 24 yards out.
The second quarter picked up where the first left off, as Trent Nally ran for a 10-yard score before Stiens darted for a 31-yard scamper to put Maryville up 28-0. Jordan Zech became the fourth Spoofhounds back to score a rushing touchdown, as he substituted in and ran 3 yards to the right side with less than two minutes to play in the half.
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