(MARYVILLE, Mo.) The Maryville football team won 59 games in six seasons under Chris Holt, but he bolted for Oak Park in the off-season.
That opened the door for Matt Webb to return to his roots.
"Coming back here, it's a really exciting time."
Webb knows all about Spoofhound football.
"Born and raised in Maryville. I know what the community's like, and the people and the support from the community," Webb said.
The first-time head coach went to high school with Northwest Missouri State head coach Adam Dorrel, and graduated from Maryville High school in 1993.
The familiarity of the Spoofhound tradition allows players to identify with Webb right away.
"Knowing that your coach when through the exact same, almost the same life that you did going through high school-- same tradition, same program, same fanbase-- so everything that he's coaching, you know he's been through that," quarterback Jonathan Baker said. "That gives you extra motivation just listening to him and doing what he says."
To go along with the homegrown background, Webb also brings experience from the next level. He spent the last seven years at Divsion I Southeastern Louisiana University. The final four there as defensive coordinator. That experience at the college level brings a new intensity to the Maryville football program.
"I was a little scared," defensive back Tyler Kenkel said. "But once we got to meet him, we learned that he's a pretty cool guy. He's not going to be as intense as the college guys with us, but he's still pretty intense."
While Webb, like all new coaches, brings new philosophies to the program, he is not going to scrap the Wing-T offense that Holt brought to Maryville.
"Offensively you won't see a change at all," Webb said. "These kids know how to run it. It's one of those thing where they can come out and run it in their sleep and run it in the dark all summer if they wanted to."
"Being in the system for as long as we have--it's like the sixth year starting from seventh grade-- keeping it the same basic-wise, run and pass," Baker said. "I think that's going to give us a great advantage not to mess up what's already been good the past several years."
The Spoofhounds hope to keep there recent string of success going with one of their own leading the charge.
"This community and this program has a lot of high expectations and I think that's great," Webb said.
Maryville opens up the football season on August 24th at Orrick.
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