Madisonville kicker Mauricio Aceves was a perfect two-for-two on extra points and field goals in Friday’s 20-17 win over Fairfield, including the game winning 31-yard attempt as time expired.
“This is an unexplainable feeling right now,” said Aceves moments after he converted the game winning attempt, his second field goal of the contest. “I have the best kicking coach in Bryson Nail. He trains me everyday to be the best and he pushed me today.”
“He is just a difference maker,” said Madisonville head coach Rusty Nail on his kicker. “We always know that from the 40-yard line in we have a chance to put up some points. It was all about setting him up in the middle of the field because I knew he would be money.”
Aceves also punted six times for a net yardage of 222.
Offensively, the Mustangs had trouble finding a rhythm throughout the evening, but took advantage of favorable field position late to set up the tying and winning scores. Quarterback Tyrese Brown led the team in rushing with exactly 100 yards on 26 carries. This included a clutch carry to move the chains on the game's final drive and an early rushing touchdown.
“Each and every day our coaches talk to us about adversity and how to overcome it,” said Brown, whose offense was struggling to put up points heading into the final quarter. “Tonight we overcame it. Their defense switched it up on us and our line adapted.”
Joining Brown in the backfield were Uriel Willis and Aaron Nellums. Nellums was second on the team in rushing with 73 yards on 12 carries. Willis recorded 69 yards and found a way to keep his feet on a critical touchdown carry late in the fourth quarter to ultimately tie the game at 17.
“My only concern was finding a way to cross that goal line for my teammates,” said Willis. “This was a very exciting win for us as a team.”
The aerial attack in the rushing offense remained silent for the most part. Brown attempted just six passes on the night, completing two of them to Nellums for a total of 15 yards. The Mustangs also incorporated a trick play where Marcus Dorman attempted to pass it back to Brown. The pass was completed, but the play lost five yards.
On the season, Brown leads the Mustangs in rushing with 621 yards, closely followed by Willis with 592. Nellums is next on the list with 401 yards, but averages the most per carry with an impressive total of 7.3. While the receiving numbers are thin for the most part, Dorman leads all candidates by a wide margin with 96 yards and an average of 12 yards per catch.