There stood Maryville football coach Matt Webb, in the middle the sidewalk that sits just feet from Maryville’s field, congratulating players as they walked up a grass-covered hill towards their locker room, smiling, as the Spoofhounds ousted the Cameron Dragons 61-0 for their fourth straight win Sept. 27.
Senior lineman Jeff Stooksbury’s voice caught the attention of Webb from behind, stopping the coach in his tracks. Stooksbury is the reason the coach's walking slowed. Junior quarterback Ben Walker is the reason Webb stood and waited.
Amongst a wave of Maryville fans, Webb’s extended hand found Walker’s for a high-five, leading both back towards the locker room. In some ways, the moment served as an acknowledgment from Webb in regards to his quarterback’s dynamic play of late.
Throughout Maryville’s now four-game win streak, Walker has been unblemished. The junior gunslinger has thrown for 10 touchdowns and has led the Spoofhounds’ offense to score an average of more than 48 points per contest on the season.
“The goal at the quarterback position is to lead your team to championships,” Webb said. “That’s a part of what being a quarterback in Maryville is — is leading our offense — and Ben is doing a great job of that right now.”
Every game is treated with the same approach, Webb said. But to seniors like wideout Tate Oglesby, one last homecoming game had a little bit more excitement to it.
From the first play of scrimmage, the duo of Oglesby and Walker had their fair share of impact on the game. Via the arm of Walker, Oglesby found the endzone on a 58-yard catch-and-run. The play marked the fifth game in a row Oglesby has scored a touchdown — at least one in each contest of the season thus far. The throw allowed Walker to accomplish the same feat.
“It’s a ride,” Oglesby said about Walker’s growth. “We’re just constantly working, and I mean, to see it finally pay off — it’s good for all of us. … But I mean, we’re hungry, so we just have to keep doing what we’re doing.”
Aside from Walker’s fourth showcase of dominance in as many weeks, the ensemble of running backs continued the dominance that has been displayed on the ground so far in the season.
The trio of seniors Aiden Cullin and Connor Weiss along with junior Trey Houchin have made up the ground attack for the ‘Hounds this season. Cullin was able to find the endzone twice in the game. His main accomplice, Houchin, matched the effort, crossing the goal line as many times as Cullin did. Weiss managed to join in on the scoring spree with a 21-yard touchdown halfway through the second quarter.
In total, the ‘Hounds’ offense hung 61 points on the scoreboard in the first half, which made them one point shy of matching their total from Sept. 20 against St. Pius X.
“To come out and make plays, either in the run game or the passing game, is fun for all of us,” Oglesby said. “It gets the flow going and it helps the defense out a lot too. … It just helps all aspects of the game.”
The defense continued its streak of note-worthy performances, pitching a shutout for the first time since Maryville scored a 56-0 win over St. Pius Sept. 14, 2018. That now brings the Spoofhounds’ average of points per game allowed to just over 12.
The blowout win against the Dragons leaves Maryville with a matchup to look forward to against St. Joseph Benton Oct. 4. The Cardinals, who took a 58-14 Week 5 loss to Savannah, aren’t a team that Maryville can look past, Oglesby said.
“I mean, we’re still just trying to gameplan for ourselves,” Oglesby said. “We have to execute. … The midseason is where we really find out who we are and we’re still in that phase and we’re trying to figure out who we are, inside and out, and all of the way through our schedule.”