By Dustin Henggeler

The Maryville Spoofhounds face an uphill battle the next few weeks, according to state polls who have the number six Hounds taking on teams higher up the food chain. But, Maryville proved themselves worthy of the Class 3 state bracket on November 17 with a win over the number one Odessa Bulldogs. Hosted at the Hound Pound, Maryville’s running game never quit as the Spoofhounds rolled past Odessa in a 29-6 win.

“We knew going in that this team was number one for a reason,” Maryville Head Coach Matt Webb said. “But we did everything we needed to and we did it as a team.”

Before the loss to Maryville, the top team in Class 3 was undefeated and scored no less than 34 points game this season. It quickly changed Saturday as Maryville’s defeat over Odessa included shutting down one of the top-prospect running back/quarterback combos in the state.

Tyler Houchin and Eli Dowis scored the first two touchdowns, both one-yard scores in the first and second quarter. Odessa got a score of their own to make it 13-6 before Dowis scored again, this time a 10-yard run, to enter halftime with the Hounds up 21-6.

The final score of the game came late in the game, when a fumble recovery by Maryville led to another score by Houchin.

Maryville travels to St. Louis on November 24 to take on number two Trinity Catholic, in the state semifinals.