Maryville clinches another MEC title

By Brandon Zenner The St. Joseph News-Press
Posted: October 15, 2016 - 12:30 AM

Matt Webb’s rules are simple. Following a win, his Maryville Spoofhounds have 24 hours of reflection about that Friday’s game before it’s onto the next week’s opponent.

After a 52-20 pounding of Lafayette on Friday night at Scott Marriott Field at Alumni Stadium, he had some breaking news for his 9-0 Midland Empire Conference champions.

“We usually have a 24-hour rule where you watch film, critique yourself and move on to the next opponent,” said Webb, who secured his fifth straight outright MEC title and 48th consecutive regular season win Friday. When you win an outright championship, you get 48 hours this weekend; it’s not just a little bit, you get to double that time. But you stride right back in, you face the second part of the season.”

The Spoofhounds were bounced out of the past two playoffs before reaching the Class 3 title game — a contest the program has won four times in the past, including in back-to-back years in 2012 and ‘13.

The road to another district championship will go through the Hound Pound as Maryville secured the No. 1 seed in Class 3 District 16 with the victory.

“The last two years we fell short of that state game. I know every single one of those juniors and sophomores and freshman, they’re just as motivated as we are,” said Elijah Green. “We’ve got a little extra burnin’ furnace this year to get us there.”

Green starred for Maryville, rushing for three scores and 54 yards on eight carries. Trey Oglesby completed 5 of 12 passes for 132 yards, including a 60-yard touchdown to Jackson Golightly, and ran for two scores of his own.

After opening with a short scamper and touchdown toss by Oglesby, it appeared the tides turned in favor of the host Irish (6-3, 4-3 MEC).

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