Maryville rolls into another title game

By Joseph Andrews Special to the News-Press
Posted: November 18, 2017 - 6:05 PM

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo — Maryville football has traditionally shown success in long road trips at the end of November.

Saturday afternoon was no different as the Spoofhounds ran to a 49-20 victory over Blair Oaks (Jefferson City).

“One of our core philosophies is traditions never graduates,” coach Matt Webb said. “People talk about these guys taking long trips, and I said these guys have done it. We traveled absolutely great yesterday.”

Maryville (12-2) took things personally on the first play of the game as Eli Dowis broke loose for a 68-yard touchdown.

It marked the first of seven rushing touchdowns for the Spoofhounds.

“It was huge,” junior running back Tyler Houchin said. “Eli’s break-away run, I mean that’s how it started the game, 58-yard touchdown run. Are you kidding me?”

Dowis left the field for a trip to the locker room shortly after. He appeared on the sideline in the second half in street clothes.

His absence was hardly felt, as two Spoofhound athletes returned to the field with power they had not seen early in the season.

Seniors Jacob Reuter and Mark Zahnd joined Houchin in a system of three rotating running backs after Dowis’ departure.

The three each scored at least one touchdown.

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