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Losing streak ends after Warriors trounce Hounds

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Kellen Simoncic, junior, celebrates with team mates. Smithville won against Maryville 42-6.

Kellen Simoncic, junior, celebrates with team mates. Smithville won against Maryville 42-6.

Photo by McKenna Hill

Photo by McKenna Hill

Kellen Simoncic, junior, celebrates with team mates. Smithville won against Maryville 42-6.

McKenna Hill, Staff Writer

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For the first time in fifteen football filled years, the Smithville Warriors beat the Maryville Spoofhounds in a bout for the title of MEC conference champion on Friday, September 29.

“Maryville has always had great athletics,” said Darren Shafer, athletic director. “But our boys this year could play with anybody.”

After a game filled with high tempers and aggressive plays, the Warriors finished the game with a final score of 42-6. Throughout the game, however, several players suffered minor injuries resulting in delay after delay on the field.

“I probably had more stress leading up to this game than any of the boys did,” said Gini Fite, athletic trainer. “This is my seventh fall here, and every year when we play Maryville there’s a serious injury. It always makes me really nervous.”

However, neither team sustained any substantial injuries during the game, despite the combative competition between the two schools.

“You always get a little worried at times, especially since you don’t want to get kids hurt,” Shafer said. “In big games like this, when they all play so hard and take such big hits, you just have to have that next man up mentality.”

Prior to this season, Smithville had suffered a long losing streak to the Spoofhounds, including the 2015 homecoming game. This, in turn, made the stakes for winning that much higher for the Warriors.

“It feels so good to be able to finally beat the team we haven’t been able to in a long time,” said Jacob Fisher, junior defensive end. “They’ve always been really good, but this year we’re better.”

Smithville will finish their conference season after facing Chillicothe on Friday, October 6 and Cameron on Friday, October 13. The Warriors are currently 7-0 and have their minds set on winning the conference championships.

“These boys are fighters,” Shafer said. “But they’ve got sophomores and juniors and seniors all coming together to all play vital roles on this team. I can only hope that they can finish the season as strongly as they played tonight.”

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