Maryville pounds St. Pius X
By Chris Schoonover St. Joseph News-Press
While it’s not spoken of in the locker room or amongst the staff, Maryville is on a 32-game winning streak, and after a 56-0 dismantling of St. Pius, the two-time reigning state champions' run will continue into a third September.
Led by 252 rushing yards, Maryville (2-0) ran for six of its eight touchdowns. Dakota Beemer and Brody McMahon gained the yards, but they didn't have much opposition up front thanks to some available real estate.
A big, athletic offensive line featuring two all-staters, Brendan Weybrew and Jacob Cacek supports this vaunted ground force.
“Our running backs could do well with any offensive line,” Maryville tackle Jacob Cacek said. “We have great running backs. We don’t have to do a whole lot except give them a small crease.
“(Seeing the rushing stats) lets us know we did our jobs and we allowed them to do their best.”
Cacek and Weybrew play both sides of the ball and are multifaceted in stopping the run and rushing the passer.
The two defensive linemen ended the night with 6 1/2 tackles and 3 1/2 tackles for loss, despite playing little in the second half with a 43-0 halftime edge.
“It’s a lot of mental toughness you have to put in there,” Weybrew said. “You have to focus on every snap and do every play right.”
The scoring came quick and consistently for defending two-time Class 3 champions, with Beemer (five carries, 87 yards, two touchdowns) scoring on the game’s opening drive.
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