Maryville wins third straight MEC title
By Chris Schoonover The St. Joseph News-Press
It’s a different year and players but the same result for what has become a dynasty in Maryville.
The Spoofhounds overcame a slow start and a resilient underdog to defeat Lafayette 37-21 to clinch their fourth consecutive outright Midland Empire Conference title and fifth overall at the Hound Pound.
Unlike college and pro sports, Maryville coach Matt Webb does not get to pick his players and has to win with what he’s got, making the accomplishment even more difficult.
“We’re going to enjoy (the title) for the weekend,” said Webb, who is undefeated in conference play since taking over the job in 2012. “I’m very proud of the effort (Friday). We’re a crew that had a lot of injuries and there’s a lot of newness on that field tonight.
“Tradition never graduates. No matter who you lose, it never graduates. These kids listen to our assistant coaches and this is a unique community. It’s a special community.”
Lafayette (3-7, 3-4 MEC) looked great to start, forcing Maryville into two turnovers – a pick by Rowdy Wilkinson and a turnover on downs.
However, the Spoofhounds (9-0, 7-0) began the second quarter in doing what they do best – putting up points in a flurry.
After a punt return by Dakota Beemer put Maryville on the 10-yard line, Matt Twaddle finished off the drive to make it 7-0. After a fumble by Lafayette's Trey Washington, quarterback Trey Oglesby’s juked his way into the end zone for a 17-yard score.
Oglesby finished the night with 96 rushing yards and 85 passing yards, going 5-for-11 through the air.
After another Irish punt, Twaddle found pay dirt once again, this time with a 16-yard run.
Up to that point, Lafayette had two fumbles lost but Wilkinson was able to hold on the ball after a short pass from Riley McKay and utilize his blockers for a 79-yard score to make 21-7.
“The only thing that can hurt an offense is penalties and turnovers,” Lafayette coach Bart Hardy said. “We have to correct those next week.”
The first drive of the Irish’s second half was stalled after a sack by Piper – his second of the game.
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