Maryville tops Richmond to win district title

By Isaiah Swann The St. Joseph News-Press
Posted: November 5, 2016 - 12:17 AM



For the seventh straight year, Maryville walked away with a district crown.

In the Class 3 District 8 championship, the Spoofhounds emerged victorious 35-23 over Richmond Friday night at the Hound Pound in Maryville, Missouri.

It was a battle of two top-ranked teams as the Spoofhounds came into the contest ranked No. 1 in Class 3 and the Spartans right behind them at No. 2.

In the end, the turnover margin was what set the two titans apart.

“There’s only about five or six plays that really determine a football game,” Maryville coach Matt Webb said. “I think both takeaways were huge. To be able to score off those takeaways was big.”

Both times the Spoofhounds defense got a big takeaway, the offense responded with a big score.

“Playing a team that’s as good as Maryville, you can’t have turnovers and expect to be in a great position,” Richmond coach Rob Bowers said.

The first, a fumble recovery early by Maryville junior Jacob Reuter. This led to a 25-yard touchdown by senior running back and verbal Northwest Missouri commit Elijah Green to give Maryville an 8-3 advantage. Before the score, Maryville was facing their largest deficit of the season.

“To score the first touchdown, that lit the igniter to get the train going,” Green said. “We were slow out of the gate but we were rolling after that.”

The second turnover came late in the fourth thanks to an interception by Maryville senior Matt Twaddle.

“I was mad hype after that,” Green said. “That was unbelievable.”

This resulted in a four-yard score with one minute and 22 seconds remaining from sophomore Tyler Houchin, putting the game out of reach at 35-17.

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