Maryville beats Savannah to lock down MEC

By Dalton Vitt Special to the St. Joseph News-Press
Posted: October 19, 2013 - 12:06 AM

Operation “Beat Maryville” aborted.

A number of Savannah fans arrived in Maryville sporting black shirts with that mantra in bold letters to Friday night’s Highway 71 rivalry game at Maryville High School but left disappointed after a 28-9 loss to Class 3’s No. 1 team.

“It’s always tough to lose to Maryville, but hats off to them,” Savabbag coach Chad Smith said. “They’re a great football team. They’re a little bit bigger and stronger than us, and it showed.”

Maryville (8-0, 6-0 Midland Empire Conference) assumes command of the league with a one-game advantage over Savannah (6-2, 4-1) and clinches a share of its second straight MEC championship.

Following a scoreless first half, the Savages put a slight scare into the Spoofhounds. But the defending state champions imposed their strength at an essential juncture.

After Savannah kicker Aaron Baker’s 27-yard field goal cut Maryville’s game-long lead to 16-9 midway through the fourth quarter, Spoofhounds junior tailback Brody McMahon darted off the left end for a 44-yard score. The dash gave the Spoofhounds sufficient breathing room at tightened the choke hold on Savannah with 6:47 left to play.

“It was wide open,” said McMahon, who ran for 128 yards and two touchdowns. “That’s all the O-line. It was wide open and there was a cutback lane, and it was gone. ... We just ran our bread and butter all night. They couldn’t really stop it.”

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