Maryville routs St. Pius X
By Matt Gleaves The St. Joseph News-Press
Matt Webb came to town with a lot of pieces already in place.
Add district champions to the list.
Maryville moved back into the state playoffs for a fifth straight year, beating St. Pius X 48-7 on Monday night at Maryville High School in the Class 3 District 8 championship game.
“The previous coaching staff set this team up to accomplish what we’ve done,” Webb said. “My expectations coming in were nothing short of where we’re at now.”
Maryville (12-0) wasted no time jumping out to an overwhelming lead, similar to the teams’ first meeting this season.
The Spoofhounds beat St. Pius 43-7 in their Aug. 31 matchup, and they were just as dominant the second time around. Maryville scored on its first five possessions and led 34-0 in the first quarter. St. Pius (5-7) finally stopped Maryville on a 4th-and-8 midway through the second.
St. Pius entered the rematch on a five-game winning streak, including a first-round district upset of second-seeded Richmond and then knocking off Cameron 21-20 last week.
“It was a big statement for us,” said Maryville quarterback Jonathan Baker, who went 9-of-13 passing for 120 yards Monday. “Our challenge was to get it done up front and get a fast start. It just boosted our confidence on both sides of the ball.”
Little doubt remained at that point, and top-seeded Maryville finished off its run through districts outscoring three opponents by a combined score of 190-15.
While the offense kept racking up points, the stingy Maryville defense kept the Warriors puzzled. Maryville allowed just 53 yards of total offense in the first half, not allowing a first down until the seven-minute mark in the second quarter.
The Spoofhounds offense took advantage of Pius’ two turnovers in the first quarter, turning them both into touchdowns.
Junior defensive back Trent Nally picked off quarterback Grant Gavin’s pass at the Warriors’ 35-yard line on a tipped pass. Nally returned the interception to the 30 with just 10 seconds left in the opening frame. For the rest of the story click here.
The first-year Maryville coach continues to watch his alma mater pile up the accomplishments in his first season back home. Midland Empire Conference champions, a rivalry win against Savannah and an undefeated regular season.
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