Maryville pounds St. Joseph Benton

By Chris Bils The St. Joseph News-Press
Posted: September 25, 2015 - 10:02 PM



Benton's first drive pretty much encapsulated its night Friday in a 56-6 loss to Maryville at Sparks Field.

Starting at their own 31-yard line, the Cardinals (2-4, 1-3 Midland Empire Conference) were moving the ball against a Spoofhounds defense that had not allowed much of anything through the first five weeks.

Back-to-back passes from senior quarterback C.J. Reynolds to junior wide receiver Devon Burton for 18 and 5 yards set Benton up inside the Maryville 35-yard line. In one play, the hope the Cardinals were starting to build vanished.

Reynold's fourth pass of the night bounced several times off a Cardinals receiver, and Spoofhounds senior defensive end Dustin Piper snatched the ball out of the air. Sixty-one yards later, Piper had his first defensive touchdown of his career and Maryville (6-0, 4-0) had an 8-0 lead less than 4 minutes into the game after sophomore Jacob Reuter ran in the conversion.

“Adrenaline was just rushing through my head,” Piper said. “I was running out breath because I was going so crazy in my mind and my body. I didn't hear the fans or anything, and for it to be the first touchdown of the game it was fun.”

The interception became the first of five on the night for Reynolds, part of seven total turnovers for the Cardinals.

“You won't beat anybody with two or three turnovers, and you sure as heck aren't going to beat anybody with seven,” Benton coach Matt Tabor said. “It's just ridiculous.”

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