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Maryville Holds off California, Earns Trip Back to State

The Spoofhounds will face Seneca for the Class 3 state title after a 22-13 win over the Pintos.
(CALIFORNIA, Mo.) With their heralded offensive line facing their biggest test of the season, Maryville stared down California on the road and came away with a 22-13 win in the Class 3 semifinals on Saturday.

The win extends Maryville's state-leading win streak to 29 games and puts them in the Class 3 State Championship game for the second straight year. 

The Pintos pressured and made contact with quarterback Trent Nally throughout the first half, but the Spoofhounds (14-0) managed a pair of big scoring plays. Dalton Pistole recovered a California fumble in Maryville territory and returned it for the game's opening touchdown midway through the second quarter.

Following a two-point conversion, Payden Dawson broke a 43-yard scoring run to put Maryville on top 14-0. 

With momentum against them, California prevented the game from getting out of hand as Walker Borghardt returned the ensuing kickoff to cut the deficit to 14-7 at halftime.

Both teams were held scoreless in the third quarter as the Pintos kept Maryville out of the end zone in 1st and goal situations on back-to-back series. The Spoofhounds made good on one fourth-quarter chance as Nally hit Adam Thompson for a 13-yard touchdown to help push the lead to 22-7. 

Jaden Barr kept the Pintos in it on their next series with a 53-yard keep for a touchdown, but California could get no closer than nine points. 

Maryville will face Seneca on Saturday, Nov. 30th at 11 a.m. at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.
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