Maryville

Maryville quarterback Jon Walker runs away from a pair of Blair Oaks defenders Saturday at Greene Stadium in Liberty, Missouri.

LIBERTY, Mo. — The Maryville Spoofhounds fell short of Blair Oaks in a rematch of last season’s Week 1 matchup by a final score of 23-14 Friday at William Jewell’s Greene Stadium.

The Spoofhounds came out looking to avenge a 38-35 loss to the Falcons last year, in which they would soon be shocked by Blair Oaks.

After a three-and-out to start the game, the Spoofhounds’ defense found it falling into a hole quickly. A penalty-filled drive pushed the Falcons offense deep into Maryville’s territory. Blair Oaks freshman quarterback Dylan Hair found sophomore running back Reid Dudenhoeffer for a 23-yard touchdown.

Another three-and-out put the ball back in hands of Blair Oaks. In just over a minute of game time later, Hair found a seam through the Spoofhounds’ defense and took advantage of the opportunity, putting the Falcons ahead of the Spoofhounds 14-0.

“He’s a good player, obviously he’s just a freshman,” Spoofhounds’ coach Matt Webb said. “For him to be able to play that way as a freshman it’s very impressive. It doesn’t surprise me at all. Like I said, they’re well coached.”

Despite trailing 23-0 at the half, Maryville found gasps of life late in the ball game.

The Spoofhounds got on the scoreboard with 3:18 left in the ball game when junior quarterback Ben Walker found senior receiver Tate Oglesby for a 6-yard strike.

To Maryville’s surprise, and Blair Oaks alike, the Hounds recovered the ensuing onside kick, setting their offense up in Falcons’ territory.

Late game heroics on another pass from Walker found its way into the hands of senior receiver Deon Metezier. That connection setting up the Hounds inside the Blair Oaks’ 5-yard line. A few plays later the Spoofhounds added to the scoreboard on a 3-yard touchdown run from junior running back Trey Houchin, bringing the ‘Hounds within 9 with 1:40 left in the game.

This time, to everyone’s surprise, Maryville recovered the next onside kick attempt, setting up the Hounds offense with another chance to score.

An eventual effort fell short for the Hounds, leaving the final score from William Jewell 23-14 with Blair Oaks on top.

“(Webb told us) don’t dwell on this,” Walker said. “One loss doesn’t define a season, we’ve got a long season ahead of us.”

Jon Walker can be reacher

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