Maryville beats Smithville in battle of unbeatens
By Brandon Zenner The St. Joseph News-Press
During the week of the biggest regular season game at the Hound Pound in some time, the Maryville’s defense faced a hiccup.
Defensive coordinator Nathan Powell had to step away from the team to tend to the birth of his son. It was less-than-ideal timing with an undefeated Class 4 opponent in Smithville coming to town.
Any rust did not show as the Spoofhounds rolled to a 39-0 victory Friday to take sole possession of first place in the Midland Empire Conference.
“Everyone in the locker room was really excited to come out here and play this game against a quality team like Smithville,” Maryville senior Matt Twaddle said. “You just gotta keep those emotions under control and go out and play your game.”
The win marks Maryville’s 46th consecutive regular season game without a defeat.
“Yeah, 39 to nothing against an undefeated football team. Unofficially looking at statistics, to be able to hold those guys to what we did defensively, extremely pleased,” said Matt Webb, coach of Class 3 No. 1 Maryville. “I thought defensively we really did a great job for the entire night with pitching a shutout — they’re hard to do. Shutouts are hard to get, and the kids executed really well.”
The Warriors were held to 71 yards of offense compared to Maryville’s 575 total yards. The offense nearly split 50-50 with 290 yards and three scores from the arm of senior Trey Oglesby.
Senior Elijah Green led the way with 100 of Maryville’s 285 yards rushing.
The Warriors were forced to battle from behind before even receiving the ball on offense. After starting on offense, the Spoofhounds (7-0, 5-0 MEC) used the rushing attack to work their way deep into Warrior territory. Green capped the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run for the 6-0 lead.
On Smithville’s ensuing drive, sophomore quarterback Kellen Simoncic overthrew Tyler Chamberlain and instead found Twaddle at his own 28-yard line.
Senior signal-caller Oglesby capitalized on the turnover, rolling out and eluding pressure to find an open John Zimmerman. The senior wide receiver hauled in the catch, turned on the jets and outran a defender for the 46-yard catch-and-run score. Zimmerman finished with six catches for 123 yards.
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