Maryville tops Smithville in MEC battle

By Chris Schoonover St. Joseph News-Press
Posted: October 4, 2014 - 12:10 AM

Midway through the first quarter, the Maryville Spoofhounds found themselves in unfamiliar waters – leading by less than a score. But the two-time defending Class 3 champions found a way to extend its 37-game winning streak.

The Spoofhounds knocked off Smithville at the Hound Pound on the legs of Brody McMahon – who overcame his own slow start to run for 218 yards on 30 carries – to take sole possession of the first place in the Midland Empire Conference with a 34-14 win.

“They know this is a good football team,” Maryville coach Matt Webb said. “They know this a Class 4 team that has beat some very good teams. Our guys are the last undefeated team in the MEC and we’re proud of it.”

Smithville (5-2, 4-1 MEC) was able to extend some drives against Maryville, something not many teams have been able to do against their front four, by attacking the middle of the defense.

“We were going to do what we do and see if it was good enough,” Smithville coach Greg Smith said. “I felt like we had some positives. We were moving the ball on them but turnovers and penalties got to us.”

Coming into the contest with 1,200 yards on the season, it was no surprise running back Charlie Nihart was constant for the Smithville offense. Nihart tallied 136 yards in the loss.

“Charlie is a tough player, and we’ve seen that all year and throughout his career,” Smith said. “He’s a dynamic player and he’s a special player. We’re certainly going to use him.”

Maryville got on the board on its second drive of the game with a 27-yard run by Dakota Beemer, but the two-point conversion failed.

Beemer finished with 116 yards on 15 carries and bumped his season total to 638 yards.

After the possession, the Warriors’ offense took almost five minutes off the clock with its running game and kept the high-powered Spoofhounds (7-0, 5-0) offense off the field. But the drive would come up empty after a lost fumble from quarterback Mitch Orr.

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