MARYVILLE, Mo. — With a trip to the Class 2 District 8 Championship on the line for the winner, and elimination awaiting the loser, Maryville defeated Lawson 47-0 Friday evening in the Hound Pound.
A night between the Spoofhounds (9-1) and the Cardinals (7-4) started off when a plague of lulled offensive drives and turnovers was ended by Spoofhounds junior quarterback Ben Walker, connecting with senior wideout Tate Oglesby for a 57-yard touchdown to put Maryville ahead 7-0 with 3:58 left in the first quarter.
The first quarter struggles were against the grain in terms of the expectations that the Maryville offense had, Oglesby said. But the initial score seemed to break a seal that wouldn’t falter for the rest of the contest.
“Obviously, we wish that we would’ve come out a little bit better,” Oglesby said. “To be able to work back into it, it’s good for us. I mean, if we start different it probably goes different. But we just had to lock in.”
After the first connection between the two Spoofhounds, Lawson pushed back with a strong offensive possession of its own. The drive would turn haywire when Cardinals quarterback Andrew Stephens fumbled deep into Maryville territory, giving the Spoofhounds the ball back.
Maryville found itself ahead 14-0 after junior running back Conner Weiss added his fourth touchdown spanning across three weeks. The Spoofhounds would take a 21-0 lead into halftime after Oglesby found the sideline of a jet sweep with time expiring in the second quarter and ran in for his second 57-yard touchdown.
The offensive showcase is, in part, a result of a goal that Maryville set to attain before the season started.
“We’ve had a goal since the beginning of the season — to win districts,” Oglesby said. “I mean, it’s coming to reality now.”
The inconsistencies for Lawson from the first half carried into the second. A struggling Cardinal offense couldn’t find a rhythm throughout the remainder of the contest.
With the Maryville win, the Spoofhounds get a matchup against Lathrop in the Class 2 District 8 championship, pitting Maryville against former coach Chris Holt at the Hound Pound.
“We don’t show it a lot but, I mean, our coaches are on us to get prepared for next week,” Oglesby said. “It’s a big game, what’s coming in. They’re dominant, they haven’t lost a game this season. They’re going to come in hungry and ready to end this streak, we’ve known that for a couple of weeks now. It’s kind of just, on us, to lock-in throughout the week and get the job done.”