Battered Mustangs fall in Salado

Posted 10/29/19

The Madisonville Mustangs got off to a hot start in the first half at Salado on Friday but could not maintain the offensive consistency throughout the game and fell to 0-5 in district play with a 43-15 loss to the Eagles.

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Battered Mustangs fall in Salado

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The Madisonville Mustangs got off to a hot start in the first half at Salado on Friday but could not maintain the offensive consistency throughout the game and fell to 0-5 in district play with a 43-15 loss to the Eagles.

“We played a great first half,” said Madisonville head coach Russell Urbantke. “We lost our center, Avery Scott, right before halftime and I think losing a key part of our offensive line definitely had an impact on us in the second.”

The Mustangs have sustained a number of injuries throughout the season, forcing them to shift certain players to new positions at different points.

“It has a big impact on us,” said Urbantke. “When you start doing things like that, it sort of messes with the consistency that we have up front.”

The offense had less and less opportunities as the game went on as a result of Salado’s long and methodical drives on offense.

“That is their game plan every week,” said Urbantke. “They are going to eat up the clock. They are going to limit your possessions, so you have to make the most of the possessions you have. In the second half, we come out and have a three-and-out and have to punt the ball right back to them.”

Both of Madisonville’s touchdowns came in the first quarter courtesy of Tyrese Brown. The senior ran it in from seven and two yards out to continue his impressive campaign. Brown led the Mustangs in rushing by far with 90 yards on 17 carries (5.3 yards per attempt) and also completed five-of-six passes for 44 yards.

With one game remaining in the 2019 season, Brown leads Madisonville with 13 total touchdowns (12 rushing, one receiving) and 670 rushing yards. He averages 74.4 yards per game on the ground.

Madisonville quarterback Armando Juarez has completed 53-of-96 attempts through the air this season with six touchdowns and one interception. He has also ran for four touchdowns and 325 yards.

Roderick Holiday is second on the team in touchdowns behind Brown with seven rushing scores and one receiving. He has compiled 526 yards on the ground this season with an impressive average of 6.1 yards per carry.

In Friday’s loss, Matthew Johnson was second in rushing yards behind Brown with 38 on just five carries (7.6 yards per attempt).

Corey Johnson and Doug’kyrn Johnson each hauled in a pair of receptions. Doug’kyrn totaled 31 receiving yards while Corey compiled 10.

The Mustangs will host Lorena at MHS on Friday for their final matchup of the season. The Leopards are 1-3 in their district slate with losses to Fairfield, Waco-Connally and Salado. They defeated Robinson 42-21 on Oct. 11.

“Defensively, (Lorena) is rather young,” said Urbantke. “They have kind of had a rebuilding year on that side, so we will just go right at them.”

Friday’s season finale against the Leopards will also be senior night for over 20 players on the Madisonville football roster along with members of the Mustang cheerleading and band squads. The seniors will be honored with their loved ones on the field before kickoff, which is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

“That is going to be awesome,” said Urbantke. “The commitment that we ask from our football players is a pretty big one. I know the season has not turned out the way we all wanted, but we want to honor and thank them for everything they have done for us.”

The Mustangs will conclude their regular season with their scheduled bye week following Friday’s final game.

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