The Maryville Spoofhound football team had their first test of the season on Friday when Bishop LeBlond came to town.
Maryville got an 18-16 win, but it wasn’t easy.
LeBlond took a 9-0 lead in the game before the Hounds began to take control. It was the first time Maryville has trailed this season.
Two touchdowns - one in the second quarter and the other in the third - with no extra points put Maryville up 12-9.
With just under four minutes left to play, Leblond put a damper on what seemed would be a hard-fought win for the Hounds and took a 16-12 lead.
But Maryville wouldn't be shut down at home. The crowd got back into the slow-paced game and the atmosphere in the Hound Pound began to change.
Maryville drove the ball down the field, thanks to a big game from Dakota Beemer and blocking up front. Beemer put up 207 yards on 20 carries, the longest coming in at 37 yards.
The Hounds scored on a 15-yard pass from quarterback Trent Nally to Trent Dredge to go up 18-16 with less than a minute left.
The tension was thick, but the Hound defense came through with three consecutive stops and a big play on fourth down.
Maryville racked up 406 total yards of offense in the game, 344 of them on the ground.
They turned the ball over twice on fumbles, and were forced to punt just three times in the game.
Nally completed five of nine passes. Dredge caught two for 18 yards, Hagen Snow grabed one for 31 and Adam Thompson had one for 15 yards.
On the ground, Beemer was the leading rusher in a break-out game. Nally added 69 yards on 16 carries, Dredge had 44 on 9 attempts and Payden Dawson racked up 24 yards on 8 carries.
Defensively, the Hounds gave up only 197 yards of total offense, 106 in the air.
They only gave up seven first downs to the Eagles, and held them to just 21 percent on third-down conversions.
Tyler Coleman led the team with tackles, six solo and 1.5 for a loss. He was followed by Nally with five, Chris Dougan with four, John Schenkel, Jacob Cacek and Dalton Pistole with three. Logan Catlett, Payden Dawson and Joseph McClurg each had two.
Homecoming is this week, the Cameron Dragons come to town with a 7 p.m. kickoff in Maryville.