The Mt. Vernon Mountaineers made an unlikely run to Columbia, but their Cinderella story ended in Saturday’s Class 3 final with a 47-9 loss to Maryville.
What looked like an opening drive stop by Carson Dake and the Mountaineers turned into an extended possession, after a roughing the kicker penalty. The Spoofhounds capitilized with an Eli Dowis 10-yard touchdown, and there was no turning back.
Dowis broke free for a 52-yard touchdown run. He finished with 135 yards and three touchdowns, leading his team to a 40-0 lead at the half.
“When they needed it, they got it,” Mt. Vernon coach Tom Cox said. “That caused us to not have the momentum that we need offensively.”
With the game out of hand in the second half, Ty Boswell threw to brother Will Boswell for the Mountaineers’ only touchdown.
Maryville avenged last season’s championship loss with a 47-9 win.
“It obviously didn’t end like we wanted it to but things happen. There is nothing we can change,” senior Sammy Robinson said. “We’ve got to accept the fact that it happened, but it was definitely an experience and something that will stick with me the rest of my life.”
“As a coach, it hurts to see your players lose, but we come out of that locker room with our heads held high,” Cox said. “We are proud to be from Mt. Vernon.”
The Mountaineers 10-5 and earn their first state trophy since 1982.