Maryville's running game dominates Cameron
By Ryan Edwards PrepsKC staff writer
The Spoofhounds came into tonight’s game against Cameron unbeaten on the season at 4-0 (2-0 in the MEC). The Spoofhounds used a dominating, and at times overpowering, rushing attack to defeat the Dragon’s 44-14.
After last week’s close call to St. Joseph LeBlond, the Spoofhounds offense came ready to play. The Spoofhounds used a punishing rushing attack, led by junior running backs Brody McMahon, and Payden Dawson. On the night, the Spoofhounds ran the ball 47 times for 438 yards and six touchdowns.
Coach Matt Webb was pleased with his team’s effort.
“We’ve won 20 games in a row and we took care of the process tonight,” Webb said. “This team is developing an identity. Every team is different.”
On Maryville’s first drive of the night, the Spoofhounds only needed four plays to get on the board first. Payden Dawson zipped through and around the Cameron defense taking it 52 yards for a touchdown. The Spoofhounds tacked on the two-point conversion making it, 8-0.
“We ran the ball at will tonight against them,” Webb said. “We didn’t make any mental mistakes.”
On Maryville’s second drive of the night the Spoofhounds relied on the legs of McMahon, who missed last week’s game against Bishop LeBlond, carried the ball three times for 35 yards including an 8-yard burst into the end zone for a touchdown, after a successful two-point conversion the Spoofhounds led 16-0.
The Dragon’s then drove down to the Spoofhound 31-yard line, but the Maryville defense was up to the challenge. Dakota Calhoon’s pass on fourth and six fell incomplete. The Spoofhounds took over on downs and again relied on the legs of McMahon who, capped off the 37-yard scoring drive with his second rushing touchdown of the night.
Halfway through the second quarter, the Dragons were able to get on the board. Senior quarterback Dakota Calhoon completed a 37-yard pass to Kody Petersen at the 9-yard line and was injured on the play. Backup quarterback, Marshall Colson entered the game and scored on a 6-yard quarterback keeper, cutting the deficit to 24-8.
The Spoofhounds got the ball back with 5:37 remaining in the first half. The Spoofhounds again again went to the ground and relied on senior running back Trent Dredge to carry the load. On the drive, Dredge carried the ball five times for 54 yards, including a 1-yard plunge into the end zone making it 30-8.
“The offensive line came out fired up tonight; they were able to create holes all night,” McMahon said.
The third quarter started with the Dragons going three and out. After a Maryville penalty, the Spoofhounds started on their own 24-yard line, once again the Spoofhounds relied on the running game. After a 48-yard run by Dawson, the Spoofhounds called on McMahon, this time McMahon scored from 28 yards out, his third rushing touchdown of the game. The Spoofhounds added another successful 2 point conversion making it 38-8.
Cameron’s next drive started on its own 23-yard line. Calhoon and the Dragon offense marched 77-yards, eating 7:17 off the clock. The series was capped off by an 8-yard touchdown run by Calhoon, Maryville led 38-14.
Maryville returned the Cameron kickoff to its own 49-yard line. After two offside penalties against the Dragons, Trent Nally completed a 10-yard pass to Dalton Pistole. One play later, Soph. running back Dakota Beemer scampered into the end zone for a 36-yard touchdown, making it 44-14 in favor of the Spoofhounds. That proved to be the final blow for the Dragons and it seems as if the Spoofhounds have found their identity.
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