MARYVILLE, Mo — Winning a state championship has been the expectation for Maryville’s football program over the years. This season, it remains the same.
“We’ve been 93-7 since 2012,” said Maryville head coach Matt Webb. “Those guys have grown up in a program that really understands what success is.”
Since 2012, Maryville has advanced beyond districts every year. The Spoofhounds have five state titles to their name, claiming three in the last seven seasons.
The Spoofhounds went 11-2 in their previous campaign. After losing in the state semifinals to Trinity Catholic, they look to climb back into that number one spot.
“This season were trying to focus on details and be specific on what we’re trying to do,” Maryville senior Tyler Haer said. “One major point is to be competitive and go out there to win.”
Haer was chosen to be one of the team’s captains this year, along with fellow seniors Tate Oglesby and Jackson Bram.
“The younger players can look up to me, Tyler and Tate,” Bram said. “They can see we lead by example, we don’t just talk about being a good leader. We do it.”
Oglesby agreed on the importance of leading by example.
“Our teammates picked us because they look up to us and were just here to lead them in the right way and hopefully they follow us,” the wide receiver said.
With 13 seniors on the team this year, the upperclassmen want to leave the football program in good hands. By doing so, the captains are focused on teaching their younger teammates as much as possible. before the season is over.
“I like to teach them and try to help them understand the right steps to do and the right way to carry themselves on our team,” Haer said. “We have to be the ones to show these are the steps you need to do and this is how to do it right.”
The Spoofhounds took the field Monday in their green and white practice uniforms to kick off fall camp.
Webb said the expectations and goals of Maryville’s football program has always remained the same — to end each season with a state championship title.
“It’s the tradition. It’s from years passed,” Oglesby said. “We didn’t have much to do with building it, but we’re just trying to continue it.”
The first week of the regular season begins August 30 when the Spoofhounds face the Blair Oaks Falcons in Liberty, Missouri.