Brown, Willis lead ferocious ground attack


Tyrese Brown and Uriel Willis combined for more than 250 rushing yards to lead an offensive attack that scored over 40 points for the second straight week on Friday in Navasota.

“The running game worked again tonight and it all starts in practice,” said quarterback Tyrese Brown. “We just need to stay focused moving forward and keep this momentum rolling.”

Brown led the team in rushing with 140 yards and also finished off three drives with his legs. He then connected with Aaron Nellums through the air with an 18-yard catch and throw for his first touchdown pass of the season. He only threw four passes in the contest and completed three of them for a total of 34 yards.

After four games, Brown leads Madisonville with 462 total rushing yards and ten total touchdowns. He is averaging 6.2 yards per carry and 115.5 yards per game.

Uriel Willis, who has been just as dominant, found the end zone for the first time with a long score of 37 yards in Friday’s contest. The touchdown was as big as any the Mustangs scored, as it gave them a two-possession cushion right after the halftime break.

All told, Willis logged 119 yards on 20 carried against Navasota and helped control the clock for the Mustangs down the stretch.

As the team’s premier back, Willis is averaging six yards per carry after the first month of the season and is right behind Brown as the team’s next rushing leader with 441 yards.

If Brown and Willis were not enough, opponents have to worry about Aaron Nellums as well when preparing to defend Madisonville’s backfield. Nellums and his big frame present a great change-of-pace option for the ground game.

Nellums has made the most of his 23 carried in 2013 thus far. He has recorded 173 yards for the Mustangs, an average of 7.5 yards per carry, and three rushing touchdowns. With his reception against the Rattlers, he has a total of four touchdowns entering district play.