HARRISONVILLE, Mo. — The Maryville football team found its first win of the season Friday night with a 56-20 roaf drubbing of the Harrisonville Wildcats.

The night started off sluggish for both teams, leaving the scoreboard blank for the first quarter of action.

It wasn’t until about halfway through the second quarter that one of the teams crossed the goal line for the first score of the evening. Maryville’s junior running back Trey Houchin found the end zone from four yards out, and the Spoofhounds took a 6-0 lead with 8:37 left in the first quarter.

“(Scoring my points) felt amazing,” Houchin said. “It gave us confidence. It gave us our swagger back.”

The Hounds (1-1) piled on a 14-point lead before the Wildcats found the end zone for the first time when Harrisonville’s junior quarterback River Riley connected with senior Braydon Tarwater for a 69-yard touchdown.

The rest of the first half consisted of a heavy dose of Spoofhound’s senior Tate Oglesby. Oglesby added numerous athletic catches to Maryville’s playsheet, including a 35-yard interception return for a touchdown to help the Hounds take a 26-6 lead into the half.

Coming out of the locker room, the Wildcats quite literally threw away their first possession of the second half. Riley’s pass was intercepted by Maryville’s senior Deon Metezier, giving renewed life to the steady Spoofhound’s defense.

The rest of the contest consisted of both teams firing back and forth on the scoreboard until the Maryville lead became too much for Harrisonville to overcome, leaving the Spoofhounds with a 36-point victory.

“We won in a fashion that was more our style,” Spoofhounds’ coach Matt Webb said. “We played very aggressive defense. We tackled better against some really good backs from Harrisonville.”

This leaves Maryville with a chance to open up conference play with a win in next week’s matchup against rival Chillicothe. Despite the win tonight, Webb knows that the Spoofhounds still have a long season ahead.

“One game doesn’t make a season,” Webb said. “If you want to win the MEC, it’s a lot easier to start off 1-0 than 0-1.”

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