Maryville handles Cameron
By Ryan Edwards PrepsKC staff writer
The defending Class 3 state champions Maryville Spoofhounds made a statement as they continued their quest to repeat with an impressive victory, 42-14, in the district championship over visiting Cameron Dragons, Monday night.
The Spoofhounds were led by dual threat, senior quarterback Trent Nally and sophomore running back Dakota Beemer, who got the start in place injured running back Trent Dredge.
Maryville started the game on offense and got into the end zone on a drive that lasted six plays, chewing up 71 yards. Facing a 2ndand 1, at Cameron’s 31-yard line, sophomore running back Dakota Beemer raced through the Dragons defense untouched for the score, giving Maryville the early 6-0 lead.
After the Spoofhound stingy defense forced a Cameron three and out, the offense was back on the field, starting the drive at its own 40-yard line. Maryville methodically moved the ball down to the Cameron 38 yard line, thanks to junior running back Brody McMahon. On the next play, Beemer took the Nally handoff and was off to the races, Cameron’s Hunter Tharp tackled Beemer 1- yard short of the end zone. Two plays later, Nally capped off the drive with a 2-yard run, increasing the Maryville lead to 14-0 with 6:45 left to play in the first quarter.
“Awesome. We talk about next man up all the time, when someone gets hurt someone has to step up and I thought Dakota did that tonight,” Maryville Head Coach Matt Webb said.
On Cameron’s ensuing drive, the Maryville defense forced another three and out, forcing the Dragon’s to punt from its own 24- yard line. However, the snap was botched, the ball was fumbled and was recovered by the Spoofhounds, at the Cameron 18-yard line. One play later, Nally found the end zone for the second time in the quarter, this time from 18-yards, extending the Maryville lead 22-0.
Cameron, again, was unable to get its offense going on its next drive, and was forced to punt for the third consecutive series. The Spoofhounds only needed one play to find the end zone on its ensuing drive. Nally completed a 54-yard pass to McMahon for a touchdown, pushing the lead to 28-0.
Cameron was able to cut into Maryville’s lead by scoring the quarter’s final touchdown. Senior quarterback Dakota Calhoon connected with senior wide receiver Kody Peterson for a 76-yard touchdown. After the first quarter Maryville led 28-7.
Both offenses struggled to move the ball in the second quarter. Maryville scored on its first possession of the quarter when Nally threw his second touchdown pass of the game. This time Nally connected with Peydon Dawson for a 34-yard score. Maryville led 36-7 going into halftime.
The second half was more of the same: Maryville got a touchdown from Beemer in the third quarter (26-yard run). Cameron got a touchdown from Calhoon in the fourth quarter (69-yard run).
With the victory, Maryville moved one step closer to defending its Class 3 title, but to continue on their quest, they'll have to get past the Oak Grove Panthers, who defeated Hogan Prep 42-0, Monday night. Maryville and Oak Grove will play in the state quarterfinals Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in Oak Grove.
“They are an outstanding football team, they are well coached and play mistake free, it’ll be a tough test for us,” Webb said of the matchup with Oak Grove.
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