Maryville ends Odessa's perfect season

By John Zetmeir News-Press Now
Posted: November 17, 2018 - 3:17 PM



There was a point to prove for the Maryville Spoofhounds on Saturday.

Hosting the No. 1-ranked team in Class 3, the Spoofhounds were determined to prove that rankings don’t win games.

Maryville cruised to another state semifinal appearance with a 29-6 win over the Odessa Bulldogs by shutting down one of the most potent offenses in the state.

“The prognosticators had (Odessa) ranked No. 1 in the state and we have a very special place here,” Maryville coach Matt Webb said. “I think you wake up every single day wanting to prove a point. The kids proved something to themselves.”

Maryville started fast, controlling the clock for nearly half of the opening quarter and capping off the 18-play drive with a 1-yard touchdown run by Tyler Houchin.

The Spoofhounds pushed their lead to 13-0 in the second quarter when Eli Dowis doubled Maryville’s lead with a 1-yard touchdown of his own. Houchin finished the day with three rushing touchdowns while Dowis added a pair.

“For us to come out and do what we do, what we’ve been doing for years is a big thing for us,” Houchin said. “It all starts up front.”

Coming into Saturday’s quarterfinal round, the Bulldogs averaged 55 points per game with a season-low tally of 34 points. The Spoofhounds defense never allowed Odessa to develop a rhythm offensively.

The lone touchdown came on a 24-yard run by Jonas Bennett in the final minutes of the first half.

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