As the long-dreaded offseason has finally reached its last leg, Maryville football is preparing to kick off its season Aug. 30.
Much like the other successful football program in Maryville, the Spoofhounds are held to high standards, year in and year out. The Spoofhounds open their season Aug. 30 in the Kickoff Classic at William Jewell University against Blair Oaks, who handed the ‘Hounds one of their two losses a season ago.
The tradition of a program, Maryville in particular, can be a long-lasting message that’s implemented to keep the team as one of the top high school programs in the state of Missouri.
‘Hounds' coach Matt Webb preaches “tradition never graduates,” but despite retaining a rich tradition, one thing does leave the Spoofhounds after every season — that’s, of course — the seniors.
Two former Spoofhounds, both now Bearcats, left their mark on Maryville. These athletes, Tyler Houchin and Eli Dowis, performed on a regular basis for Maryville.
Senior Tate Oglesby is looking forward to stepping up to the task at hand in Week 1 despite losing the duo.
“We’ve just got to keep our mindset right,” Oglesby said. “If we go in thinking that we’re at an advantage or disadvantage, I mean, (Blair Oaks) will show us that we really are. They’re a great football team; they won state last year. … We’re just trying to put (the work) in this week, just keeping our minds right and taking care of ourselves, then going out and doing what we can do on Friday.”
The Spoofhounds’ 2018 campaign ended with a loss to the eventual state champions, Trinity Catholic, in the Class 3 semifinals. That final loss gave the ‘Hounds a final record of 12-2. Despite winning another district championship, the season fell short of the ultimate goal.
Maryville also returns junior quarterback Ben Walker, who completed 39 passes for 847 yards and 13 touchdowns. Oglesby had his hand in the passing game as well, accounting for 576 yards with seven touchdowns on 26 catches.
Deon Metezier joins Oglesby at the receiver position for the upcoming season. Metezier contributed to the passing game as well with 186 yards and two touchdowns with six catches.
“I have all faith in them (Oglesby and Metezier),” Walker said. “I can just throw it up, really, and anytime they come down with it. … We’ve been working for a while now, so we have good chemistry, and I just have all of the faith in the world in those guys.”
Maryville will be reacquainted with an old friend this season, Class 2 football. After the districts were reset, it was official the ‘Hounds would be competing in the Class 2 playoff bracket. The last time that happened — 2009 — they were state champions.
The Spoofhounds have a target on their back heading into this season, but that’s to be expected of a program at the top of the competitive ranks every year. The ‘Hounds seem to be up for the challenge.
“(Playing Blair Oaks) is a great opportunity to play a really good opponent,” Spoofhound coach Matt Webb said. “They went undefeated last year; the last team to beat them was us in the 2017 semifinals. … It’s going to be a heck of an opponent and a great game.”