Maryville tops Savannah to stay undefeated

By Phil Ervin The St. Josepn News-Press
Posted: October 14, 2012 - 10:20 AM

Savages quarterback Zane Wilt and his dejected teammates couldn’t leave their home field quickly enough.

Green-and-gold-clad football players and fans joyously celebrated, some gathering for group photos as the Maryville-Savannah rivalry’s traveling prize was passed around.

The scene resembled that of a district championship, perhaps a state playoff contest — familiar scenarios for both teams doing battle Friday night — but the Spoofounds’ 31-14 fourth-quarter runaway didn’t lock up any such feat; it was just another Maryville triumph over Savannah.

In a rivalry this tasty, there may be no such thing.

“To come here and win here was huge,” Maryville safety Trent Nally said. “We just came in and knew what we had to do to win. We came in and did our jobs.”

Nally returned an interception 42 yards for a touchdown, providing Maryville’s most accentuated

capitalization on a bevy of Savannah mistakes at Savage Field.

The Spoofhounds defense forced five turnovers — four Wilt interceptions and a lost fumble by the Savages senior signal-caller — and came to the aid of an offense that struggled to score until the game’s latter stages. Class 3 No. 2 Maryville (8-0, 6-0) claimed sole possession of first place in the Midland Empire Conference, further ensured a No. 1 seed in the Class 3 District 8 playoffs and snapped a two-year skid against its chief nemesis, returning the series’ commemorative Highway 71 sign to the school’s trophy case.

A win at Lafayette next week would clinch an outright MEC crown for the Spoofhounds.

“It’s a lot of fun,” first-year Maryville coach Matt Webb said. “This is beautiful.” For the rest of the story click here.