The Maryville Spoofhounds spoiled Benton’s homecoming Friday night with a 47-7 win over the Cardinals.
The big dance for the Cardinals (0-6) started off in the opposite direction of where they would’ve liked it to have gone. Maryville’s senior running back Connor Weiss found the end zone from 2 yards out to give the Spoofhounds (5-1) an early 6-0 lead.
Two more touchdowns from the Spoofhounds, including one from junior running back Trey Houchin, was good for Maryville to score on its first three possessions. Despite the dip in carries for each individual running back, the running game seemed to be the workhorse that Maryville relied on all game.
“We all love each other,” Houchin said. “Offensive line did great today. … we just care about the scoreboard.”
A 20-0 lead at the end of the first quarter would not be surrendered by Maryville. Behind two more touchdowns from the Spoofhounds’ rushing attack, Maryville carried a 33-0 lead into the half.
Coming out of the break, Maryville’s junior quarterback Ben Walker connected with senior wideout Tate Oglesby for a 56-yard touchdown to put the Spoofhounds ahead 39-0.
On the ensuing kickoff, Cardinals senior Chol Ater returned the kick 91 yards to the end zone to stop the efforts of a running clock. The Cardinal’s deficit was cut to 39-7 with 9:22 left to go in the third quarter. Aside from that score, the Spoofhounds were able to hold Ater, Benton’s leading wideout, to a relatively quiet evening.
“He’s a very talented player and I thought we did a good job (of stopping him),” Maryville coach Matt Webb said.
From that point on, another Spoofhounds touchdown from senior running back Aiden Cullin would resume the play of a running-clock. The trio of running backs for Maryville was good for six total touchdowns on the night. Three from Cullin, two from Houchin and a single score from Weiss.
The conclusion of the game sets up Benton with a date against St. Pius X. Maryville will take a week off due to a bye week from the void that Bishop LeBlond left with the exit to 8-man football.
“It was a good win, I think we came out with a good attitude,” Webb said. “... I was proud of the way the kids came out. We’re to the point where we break the season into three-game sets and this is the conclusion of our second set of those. … We’ve set ourselves up to a good finish in the regular season.”