Maryville goes back to back
By Brian Spano PrepsKC Senior Writer
ST. LOUIS. Mo. - Little by little, piece by piece, Maryville built its lead over Seneca during the first half of the Class 3 Show-Me Bowl Saturday afternoon inside the Edward Jones Dome.
It may have taken some time, but head coach Matt Webb and his Spoofhounds were not going to be denied their 30th consecutive victory, but more importantly their second straight state championship by overpowering and overmatching but not overlooking a solid Seneca team 50-28.
"It feels pretty awesome to be defending state champions," Webb said of the win. "We didn't talk about the word 'repeat.' We said that was a four-letter word. After last year, you enjoy the win, you enjoy the experience. This group of guys, I can't say enough about."
Most of the fireworks were delayed until the fourth quarter as Maryville took a 36-6 lead into that final frame.
This was all about running the ball at the Indians, then run it some more, and when that didn't work, run it again. Maryville rushed for a whopping 358 yards with Brody McMahon leading the way with 157 yards and a touchdown.
Quarterback Trent McNally, although he did throw the ball a few times (three for six, 96 yards, one touchdown) was more impressive on the ground. He ran for 59 yards and three scores.
"It's a program foundation we have," Webb said of the way his team dominated the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. "We're located in the northwest corner of Missouri, and you're going to play bad weather games, and we take pride in playing our games up front, being able to run the ball on offense and stop the run on defense."
Seneca, 11-4, was able to move the ball on the Maryville defense all day and was never intimidated, but it seemed every time the offense got inside the 20, the drive stalled.
"They were able to play us one-on-one outside and still keep people in the box, then you have trouble running the football," Seneca head coach Dan Scheible said of his teams red zone offensive woes. "You try to throw the football you have protection issues, you just don't have people open, so there were issues from that standpoint. The credit from that standpoint has to go some to Maryville because their defense was physically superior to us."
In the fourth quarter, Seneca did its best to make a game of it. The Indians outscored Maryville 22-14, but every time the Indians scored, the Spoofhounds answered. The two teams exchanged three scores in the span of 39 seconds at one point and then traded touchdowns in the final 10 seconds when Seneca's Payton Rawlins connected with Braxton Graham on a 47-yard pass and Payden Dawson returned the ensuing kickoff 54 yards to the end zone to end the game.
This was the second time that Maryville, 15-0, had made it to the state championship as a Class 3 team since 2009. It was its fourth trip in the last 10 years. And to give you an idea of how far back the winning streak goes, you have to go all the way back to the final game of the 2011 season against Richmond to find the Spoofhounds last loss.
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