Maryville survives scare from St. Joe Leblond

By Ryan Edwards PrepsKC staff writer
Posted: September 21, 2013 - 12:15 AM



Maryville got all it could handle and then some from the visiting Golden Eagles of Bishop LeBlond tonight, winning in come-from-behind fashion,18-16.
 
The Spoofhounds have started slow on offense their first three games of season, and tonight was no different. Maryville (3-0, 1-0 in the MEC) struggled to move the ball against a pesky Bishop LeBlond defense.
 
The Golden Eagles came into the game (2-1, 0-1 in the MEC) looking to rebound after getting beat last week by Cameron 41-14, in their conference opener, last Friday night.
 
Bishop LeBlond jumped on Maryville early in the first half, using a punishing ground game led by senior quarterback Matthew McCullough. The Golden Eagles got on the board early in the second quarter when kicker Tim Romesburg nailed a 33-yard field goal giving the Eagles an early 3-0 lead.
 
“It was kind of hit and miss all night long. Our defense kept us in the game the whole night. We had a chance to win that game tonight,” Bishop LeBlond head coach Tony Dudik said of his team.
 
On Maryville’s next possession, senior quarterback Trent Nally bobbled a snap from center resulting in a fumble, which was recovered by Bishop LeBlond. On fourth and three from Maryville’s six-yard line, LeBlond lined up for a field goal, the snap was bobbled by senior quarterback Matthew McCullough, McCullough picked up the ball and ran into the end zone for a touchdown making the score 9-0.
 
“That was a bobbled snap, that was not called. I’ll give all the credit to Matthew McCullough on that one,” Coach Dudik said.
 
With 4:26 left in the second quarter, the Maryville offense kicked into another gear. On the second play of the drive, Sophomore running back Dakota Beemer, who was starting in place of the injured Brody McMahon, raced through the LeBlond defense picking up 37-yards on the run. Two plays later, Payden Dawson zipped into the end zone on an eight-yard run, getting the Spoofhounds on the board before halftime. At halftime the Golden Eagles led the Spoofhounds 9-6.
 
“Our mentality is just getting better as a football team every week. Our mentality coming into the third quarter was start moving the ball on offense and stopping them (Bishop LeBlond) on defense,” Maryville head coach Matt Webb said.
 
The second half started with a Bishop LeBlond punt. The Spoofhounds got the ball and started marching the ball down the field. On the first play of the drive, Beemer scampered 33 yards into Golden Eagle territory, three plays later the sophomore running back, spun out of  an arm tackle and dashed into the end zone for a Maryville touchdown. Beemer finished the night with 20 carries for 201 yards and a touchdown.
 
As the game went into the fourth quarter, the Spoofhounds led Bishop LeBlond 12-6. Bishop Leblond wasn’t ready to throw in the towel. On the Golden Eagles second drive of the quarter, the Eagles put together a long drive that started on their own 39-yard line. McCullough completed a pass of 10 yards to Tyler Thrasher. The drive seemed to stall out on the Spoofhound 34-yard line; but on fourth and one, McCullough sparked new life into the drive and completed a 26-yard pass to Thrasher, picking up the first down. On the next play, McCullough scored on an 8-yard run, putting the Eagles ahead 16-12.
 
The Spoofhounds got the ball back with 3:59 remaining in the game. Senior quarterback Trent Nally led the Hounds down the field. On the drive, Beemer carried the load, carrying the ball two times for 39 yards. Nally was sacked at the 15-yard line, bringing up a third down and 11, with 56 seconds remaining in the game. On the next play, Nally completed a 15-yard pass to Trent Dredge for a touchdown, making the score 18-16 and giving the Spoofhounds a nail-biting win.
 
 “Our team showed a lot of heart, and a lot of drive tonight, I’m very proud of them.” Coach Webb said.