Maryville grinds past Savannah

By James Howey News-Press Now
Posted: October 6, 2017 - 11:29 PM

The Maryville offense was stale and lifeless down to Savannah at halftime.

That changed after a Spoofhound stop on defense and a 27-yard touchdown run by junior running back Eli Dowis finally put Maryville on top.

It stayed that way the rest of the game.

Maryville defeated Savannah 14-3 on Friday night to avoid an upset coming off last week’s loss to Smithville.

After Dowis put them ahead 7-3 with 7 minutes, 12 second left in the third quarter, fellow junior running back Tyler Houchin added a 1-yard touchdown in the quarter that sealed the victory at the Hound Pound.

Both running backs finished with combined total of 256 yards on the ground in the game. Spoofhound coach Matt Webb praised the efforts of both his backs and the whole squad.

“Those two guys are special,” Webb said. “We needed a win like this. We were down 3-0 and we kept chopping wood and our kids didn’t quit.”

Webb said his team stuck to the resilient mindset that is continuously preached to them all season.

“Our slogan is be bold and if you’re going to be bold in life you got to believe that you are always a winner,” Webb said. “That’s what our message was at halftime. It wasn’t anything they hadn’t heard before.”

The Maryville defense was impressive most the night holding Savannah (2-6) to 120 yards of total offense and keeping them out of the end zone. This comes a week after the Savannah put up over 30 points against Chillicothe.

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