Maryville strong in opening of title defense
By Ryan Edwards PrepsKC staff writer
Maryville, the defending state champion’s in Class 3, opened up the 2013 season with an impressive 32-0 victory over the visiting Lawson Cardinals, Friday night in Maryville.
Before the game started the Spoofhounds were hit with an unsportsmanlike penalty, moving the kickoff up 15 yards, to the Maryville 40 yard line.
Maryville head coach, Matt Webb wasn’t too happy with the way the game started out. In total the Spoofhounds had nine penalties for 106 yards on the night.
“I’m upset about the penalties, but the way you learn from mistakes is by watching film, but it didn’t hurt us too bad tonight,” said Webb.
Senior quarterback, Trent Nally, led the Spoofhounds demoralizing rushing attack. The Spoofhounds ran the ball 61 times for a total of 363 yards and five touchdowns. Nally, was responsible for 122 of those yards, and had two of the five touchdowns.
Nally, a first year starter, had the Spoofhound offense rolling on its first drive of the game, before a failed fourth down conversion stopped them at the 14 yard line.
“I was pleased the way Trent played tonight,” said Webb “there is no question he(Trent) is our starting quarterback, no question.”
After a Lawson three and out, the Spoofhound offense got the ball back on Lawson’s 44-yard line. Maryville used it’s powerful running game to get on the board first, when on fourth down and goal Paydon Dawson found pay dirt and made it 6-0, in favor of Maryville.
Both offenses struggled in the first half to move the ball with any consistency. The Spoofhounds, would score again with two minutes to go in the second quarter. The scoring drive was setup by Dakota Beemer who returned a Lawson punt for 60 yards. Nally, kept the ball and fumbled, the ball was recovered in the endzone by Maryville’s Brendan Weybrew, making it 12-0 Spoofhounds before halftime.
“We came out flat in the first half, and it showed,” said Nally “We came out in the second half and made some changes, and those changes paid off.”
Nally, who only completed three passes for 43 yards, ran around the Lawson defense all night. That wasn’t the game plan coming into tonight’s game, the Lawson defense swallowed up the passing lanes enabling, Nally to scramble.
Maryville would add to the scoring in the third quarter, after an interception thrown by Lawson’s senior quarterback Garrett Titus.
With 9:44 left in the third quarter, Spoofhound running back Tyler Coleman, ran through the middle of the Lawson defense virtually untouched for a 37-yard touchdown.
The Spoofhounds defense harassed the Cardinals offense the entire game. The Cardinals mustered 67 total yards, had four big turnovers and Titus was sacked three times.
Maryville looks poised to make another run at the Class 3 State Championship, with Nally, leading the way; for now anyway.
“We’ll take it a week at time,” said Nally “I’m just excited to get back on the field.”
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