Host Spoofhounds hang third shutout in a row on 2018 Hornets, 47-0, at Northwest Missouri State University's Bearcat Stadium Friday, Sept. 7.
By PAUL STURM, C-T Sports Editor
MARYVILLE — Although showing incremental improvement as they faced the defending Class 3 state champions and prohibitive 2018 Midland Empire Conference football title favorite Friday, the Chillicothe High School Hornets’ 2018 search for victory – and points – will extend into week four of their season.
Meeting the Maryville Spoofhounds in the championship surroundings of Northwest Missouri State University’s Bearcat Stadium, the Hornets produced more, longer-gaining plays than they had the first two weeks of this season and sustained two or three nice drives, but never had decent field position for those to threaten scoring as they fell for a third-straight time, this time 47-0.
Maryville (2-1, 1-0 MEC) turned on the “running clock” less than two minutes into the second half after holding a 33-0 intermission advantage. With the game clock running almost continuously the rest of the contest, the final whistle sounded just before 9 p.m., at least allowing Chillicothe fans to arrive back home from the 2-hours trip before midnight.
Chillicothe (0-3, 0-1 MEC) will continue its pursuit of its first win under new head coach Tim Rulo and try to net its initial tallies of his tenure when it plays its Homecoming game this coming Friday against Cameron (2-1, 0-1 MEC). Cameron’s Dragons lost 28-14 to Kansas City: St. Pius X Friday.
The first half unfolded largely as a handicapper would have projected, with Maryville quickly seizing the upper hand and rolling up a 33-0 lead in the first 16 minutes.
Following a game-opening possession 3-and-out by the Hornets, who had a second-and-3 opportunity, but didn’t gain anything on its next two snaps, Maryville went 59 yards on seven plays to reach paydirt on its first opportunity. Five of the seven plays gained eight or more yards with fullback Tyler Houchin’s reception of a short Ben Walker pass from the 14 producing the points at the 8:19 mark.
CHS’ too-slow pitchout attempt on an option play on its next snap left the ball on the ground and the Spoofhounds’ Trevor Townsend covered it at the CHS 14. Three plays later, ’Hounds halfback Eli Dowis dashed 17 yards off left tackle on a third-and-13 to bump the lead up – with Nic Garner’s conversion kick – to 13-0 at the 7:03 mark of the first stanza.
The Hornets had their first offensive success on their next series, twice picking up first downs, but the possession started back at their 11, so when they stalled, their punt was from only their 33. It went out of bounds after only four yards, giving MHS another very short field and the Spoofhounds capitalized quickly again.
Set up by a 25-yards burst by Dowis to the 8, Ty. Houchin bruised in from five yards away, making it 19-0 as Chillicothe again successfully defended the ’Hounds’ “swinging-gate” 2-points-conversion formation.
Even though only 2:28 remained in the opening period, the home team’s scoring in the first segment was not over.
On Chillicothe’s second play after the kickoff, on the heels of a promising 17-yards run with an option pitch