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Maryville Passes Tradition to Future Spoofhounds

Every football program holds summer camp, many do middle school camps, but few do them with the numbers and expectations of Maryville.
(MARYVILLE, Mo.) Every football program holds summer camp; many of them include middle school camps. But few do them with the numbers and expectations of Maryville.

"Eventually, they'll be in our shoes and we've gotta make sure things keep going on the way it has been to keep the dynasty going," Maryville offensive lineman Jacob Cacek said.

Ditching pads for the week, members of the Spoofhound varsity are running the show in the week long Maryville Middle School camp to help shape the next era.

"They're happy we're here to help but they didn't really care that we were here either because they just wanted to play some football."

"The last few weeks, I've been really waiting for it," eighth grade quarterback Tyson Arnold said. "I'm glad it's finally here. I can't wait to try to repeat from last year."

It's a never-ending process. Always improving, always tweaking is a must for a program that went undefeated from seventh grade through varsity in 2013, but it's a challenge the younger 'Hounds take head on.

"It's really fun because you know every year you're going to have success. You know that it's expected and you have a high standard to live up to, but you also know that you can and you probably will. That's what makes it great."

"There's a little bit of that pressure but everyone knows we can do it," eight grade offensive lineman Logan Catlett said.

It's part of a competitive balance that's been struck across the program -- from offensive coordinator Matt Houchin leading the weight programs at the middle school, to the standards set by Matt Webb and longtime seventh and eighth grade coach Steve Miller, which already has the youngsters thinking about titles of their own.

"It's just the Spoofhound family," Catlett said. "That's the only way you can put it. Everyone here is a family from Bantam to high school seniors. It's just great."

"That helps us because they're pretty humble themselves," Arnold said of the high school players. "It helps us realize that if we keep working hard and doing everything we can, we can eventually win a state championship or two just like they have."

No one wants to be the first group to lose, so the middle school players spend all week keeping up with the top dogs.

As for the varsity players, they're just focused on pushing their streak to 31 in week one.

"Hoping to keep it rolling," Cacek said. "Just get to the first game, get to Lawson, and make it to the end like we have been."
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