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Senior defensive lineman Cade Gustafson (22) sacks Bishop LeBlond quarterback Frankie Gall (7) in Maryville's 82-8 win over the Golden Eagles. 

Maryville football dominated once again Oct. 5 with a 82-8 win over Bishop LeBlond in a homecoming matchup. The game represented the sixth-consecutive win for the Spoofhounds, who haven’t been defeated since Week 1 when they fell 38-35 to Blair Oaks.

The Spoofhounds (6-1, 5-0 MEC) did again what they have done every week since the first: they won in authoritative fashion. The team cruised past LeBlond (0-7, 0-5 MEC), and in doing so, Maryville won its 57th-straight home game.

The ‘Hounds offense started the game fast, scoring on their first play from scrimmage. Sophomore quarterback Ben Walker found sophomore Connor Weiss for a 36-yard touchdown for the first score of the game. Senior running back Eli Dowis rushed to convert the two-point conversion try.

Dowis, who has been a standout for the ‘Hounds all season, scored the team’s second touchdown on a 35-yard run and ran in the two-point conversion himself. Fellow senior Tyler Houchin followed with a 69-yard touchdown, and after a successful Nic Garner point after attempt, Maryville led 23-0.

“It feels really good,” Houchin said. “A lot of preparation and focus led to that big win.”

Houchin, who was crowned homecoming king in the moments before the game, ended the game with two touchdowns, despite playing sparsely in the second half. The senior has been vital to the ‘Hounds running attack throughout the season.

In all, close to 10 Spoofhounds were directly involved in scoring on the night. Dowis led the way with three touchdowns, followed by Houchin with two. Walker threw for two touchdowns in the game, one to Weiss and the other to senior running back Korbin Koch.

Junior wide receiver Aiden Cullin record two touchdowns on the night, while fellow junior wideout Tate Oglesby returned a kickoff for a touchdown to start the second half.

In perhaps the most unlikely score of the night, junior defensive lineman Jackson Bram recorded a pick-six off LeBlond quarterback Frankie Gall. The touchdown was the first of Bram’s high school career.

“(In) third grade, Bantum (league), I was a running back, so I’m not going to lie, that was not my first touchdown,” Bram said. “It was definitely (my) first touchdown in a while. That was awesome. It kind of felt like I was out of my body running down the field, but that was fun.”

Bram’s score was improbable at best. Coach Matt Webb joked about the sequence in the aftermath of the commanding victory.

“That’s a D-lineman’s dream,” Webb said. “I can tell you Jackson Bram’s a good football player, but when we need to recover an onside kick, he’s not going to be on our hands' team. I don’t know if he could catch (the interception) again.”

The game offered the Spoofhounds an opportunity to fine-tune their offense with the rival Savannah Savages up next on the schedule while also providing ample playtime for younger players.

The latter has been a common theme for Maryville this season. The majority of the ‘Hounds starters have not played much of the second half since Week 1.

“That’s been huge,” Webb said of giving younger players a chance to log minutes. “We’ve had that philosophy for a lot of years; where we want to make sure we get the win, but at the same time, get (younger) guys varsity minutes on Friday nights. It’s good to see them get in and get success.”

In some ways, the game represented the last in a series of subpar opponents for Maryville. The Spoofhounds have not played a game against an opponent with a record above .500 since Week 4 versus St. Pius X.

Since the Week 1 loss, the ‘Hounds haven’t played a game that was particularly close, winning each of their matchups since by at least 35 points. Next week, Maryville will return to the road after a two-game homestand to take on the Savages (5-2, 5-0 MEC).

“Savannah is an excellent football team,” Webb said. “We want to win a conference championship, and to do that, we’ve got to go win the Highway-71 sign. This is a rival game, and it’s going to be for a conference championship … everything is on the line.”

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