Can Maryville Improve on 2012 Perfection?

Can Maryville Improve on 2012 Perfection?

The Spoofhounds will defend their Class 3 State Championship in their second season under Matt Webb.
(MARYVILLE, Mo.) A perfect season and a Class 3 State Championship are big accomplishments.

But how long did it take Matt Webb to start thinking about 2013?

"About 48 hours," he said."It lasted about two days and you realize those guys are seniors of our football program and they're done. It's time to start working on this year."

In his first season leading his hometown Spoofhounds, Webb answered the call, capturing the school's second title in four years with a 35-22 win over John Burroughs. Now, he has them poised to build on his 15-0 start with another run.

"In the moment, it was awesome, but we've moved on," senior safety Trent Nally said.  "We've worked hard in the weight room all winter and spring."
 
"It really helps as a coach and as a program to say: 'This is how we did it last year and it worked. Now, we've just got to go back this year and do it again and do it a little better," Webb added.

Maryville will have a lot of talent to replace to make it back to the dome. It starts with All-State quarterback Jonathan Baker, and Webb says the job is up for grabs.

"It'll be whoever doesn't turn the ball over, whoever operates the offense the right way, and whoever's a leader."

Other pieces to be replaced include Derek Stiens in the backfield, Tyler Tripp out wide, and three bodies on the Spoofhounds' heralded offensive line. That leaves the responsibility to upperclassmen like senior Jackson Morrison to lead in the trenches.

"That's what Maryville is proud of," he said. "We're physical, we run the ball. I kind of take of take that upon myself and try to teach those guys how it's done."

A different look for sure, but players don't expect to skip a beat.

"I think it's going to surprise people. It's just going to be a different look that teams aren't used to."

With the Spoofhounds all in on Webb's philosophy and an already ramped-up tempo in conditioning, Maryville is ready to defend their title as the class of both the Midland Empire Conference and Class 3.

"Maryville, itself, has large expectations," Webb said. "It's the coaches before me here in Maryville and just the tradition that is instilled here. They have those expectations... they've grown up with them."

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