Maryville Blanks Savannah
By Chris Bils The St. Joseph News-Press
Few teams have come into Maryville and made the Spoofhounds’ Wing-T rushing attack spin its wheels for four quarters, but that is exactly what Savannah did Friday night at the Hound Pound.
Even so, Maryville found a way to grind out a 24-0 shutout victory over its Highway 71 rival, wrapping up at least a share of its fourth-straight Midland Empire Conference title in the process.
“The kids worked hard all season to win it one game at a time,” Maryville coach Matt Webb said. “We didn’t talk to them after the game about winning a conference share. It’s important for our kids to be unselfish in this world, but when you’ve got a chance to not share anything in a conference title, it’s OK to play a little selfish next week. We want to win it outright.”
Despite gaining only 96 yards on the ground, Maryville (8-0, 6-0) ran its MEC winning streak to 30 games and won its 33rd-straight home game. It did so using an even more dominant defensive performance of its own, and a resilient showing from junior quarterback Trey Oglesby.
Oglesby didn’t appear a likely hero early on, as his three first-half interceptions added to the Spoofhounds’ problems on offense. The first of those picks came on the game’s first drive, when Savannah senior Kydone Wandfluh stepped in front of Oglesby’s first pass of the night at the Savannah 42-yard line.
“Defensively, they played their butts off,” Savannah coach Chad Smith said of his team. “Very disciplined. They read their keys and gave them fits. I couldn’t have asked for a better performance on the defensive side.”
Punts by both teams followed, and the Savages (4-4, 3-3) posed the game’s first scoring threat on their second drive. Sophomore quarterback Blake McGinness connected on a 16-yard strike to Wandfluh on third down, and a Maryville personal foul placed Savannah at the Spoofhounds’ 20-yard line.
The drive resulted in a 20-yard field goal attempt, but the Savages couldn’t get down the hold and the score remained tied at zero after the first quarter.
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