INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — The Maryville Spoofhounds traveled to William Chrisman High School for their annual jamboree Friday evening.

The Spoofhounds found themselves with shoes to fill after graduating Eli Dowis and Tyler Houchin. Hounds junior quarterback Ben Walker appeared to have a seamless transition from last year to this year, with the help of senior wide receiver Tate Oglesby.

Maryville started off the night by facing the Bears of William Chrisman. It didn’t take long for the Hounds to find the end zone, as Walker was able to find Oglesby within the first few plays of the offensive possession.

“We just want to do it to open up the field,” Oglesby said. “If we get the ball rolling on the run, then we can air it out on the field. If we get the ball going through the air then it just opens things up for the run and the rest of the offense.”

Despite jumping out to a two-score lead, things changed once the starters were sent to the sideline. The Bears’ reserves were able to find the end zone once, but still came up one score shy of knotting things up with the Spoofhounds.

The Hounds faced the Yellowjackets of Center, as well as the Lincoln College Prep Blue Tigers, both resulting in ties.

Friday was Maryville’s first game action since being ousted by Trinity Catholic High School last November, and despite the draws against their final two opponents, Hounds’ coach Matt Webb was happy to finally get back to Friday night lights.

“I was pleased, it’s always fun to go against someone else, and hit somebody else,” Webb said. “We’ve been practicing for close to two weeks against ourselves, and all summer, so it’s just good to get some live action against three good teams.”

The Spoofhounds will kick off their season Aug. 30 at William Jewell College, participating in the Kickoff Classic against the Blair Oaks Falcons.

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