Maryville rolls past Miller into Class 3 title game
By Brandon Zenner The St. Joseph News-Press
The first goal for Maryville ahead of Saturday’s Class 3 semifinal was to beat the trip.
After 350 miles of the road to St. Mary’s High School in St. Louis, the Spoofhounds showed up as if it was another Friday night at the Hound Pound.
Senior John Zimmerman totaled three touchdowns on 110 yards receiving, Maryville’s defense held Clyde C. Miller Career Academy scoreless after its first drive and Matt Webb’s team rolled to a 42-6 victory at Kresko-Miller Field.
The Spoofhounds forced five turnovers and kept MCA off the board from the 8-minute, 12-second mark of the first quarter on.
“We’ve been able to get takeaways all season, and that’s the number one stat that wins football games that we talk about all the time,” said Webb, who will try for his third Class 3 title in five years at 11 a.m. Saturday against Monett (13-1) at Plaster Stadium in Springfield, Missouri. “I thought our defensive backs did a good job of attacking the ball in the air (and) not giving up the big play. I thought we were in really good pass coverage at times.
“You know, it all starts up front. We had pass rush adjustments in the second half that kinda made the quarterback hold on to the ball a little bit longer and that allowed our D-line to get there, get a couple sacks. The takeaways is a big key.”
Zimmerman’s first score of the game came on a 34-yard seam down the middle of the field, extending and hauling in Trey Oglesby’s pass while falling into the end zone just 1:47 into the game.
However, MCA answered with a pair of long pass plays, the second being a 35-yard catch-and-run by Antoine Garrett from Brandon Harris.
“When they scored, we had a few communication issues that we got ironed out real quick,” sophomore Eli Dowis said. “Coach (Nathan) Powell got on us quite a bit, but we knew he wasn’t mad or anything. He was trying to get the best out of us.”
Maryville replicated MCA’s attack with a 37-yard catch by Zimmerman to get the drive started. Jackson Golightly hauled in a key fourth-down catch and Oglesby rushed in a 1-yard sneak for a 14-6 lead.
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