Defenses impresses in low scoring loss

Posted 9/17/19

Despite a 12-6 loss, the Madisonville defense impressed for the third straight week in Friday’s home opener against the Caldwell Hornets and kept the team in the game throughout the night.

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Defenses impresses in low scoring loss

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Despite a 12-6 loss, the Madisonville defense impressed for the third straight week in Friday’s home opener against the Caldwell Hornets and kept the team in the game throughout the night.

Jace Snook recovered a pair of fumbles for the Mustangs, one of which was stripped by Tyrese Brown. The unit also came up with a critical stop on fourth-and-short near midfield during the final quarter to give their offense one more chance to take the lead.

“(Defensive Coordinator Heath Brittain) and the defensive staff are doing a great job,” said head coach Russell Urbantke. “Everyone is always where they are supposed to be. Caldwell came out and ran three new formations on Friday that we had never seen in film. The defensive staff did a great job of adjusting to that.”

The Hornets would burn the Mustangs on two scoring drives in the game, but Madisonville still allowed less than 200 total yards on the night. Brown led the unit in tackles in with nine and was followed by Snook, Micheil Harrell and Asa Surface with six each. Snook also recorded a pair of tackles in the backfield to compliment his two fumble recoveries. Ethan Williams and Michael DeBoisblanc each recorded five tackles for the Mustangs.

The Madisonville defense will next face one of their largest challenges yet in the form of the Navasota Rattlers. The stout front seven of the Mustangs will have one of their biggest tests in a line that includes Texas A&M commit Jordan Jefferson (left tackle).

“You are going to see the biggest offensive line that we have seen all year,” said Urbantke. “Across the board, these guys are huge. Their quarterback works around them and throws the ball really well. They have a couple of wide receivers, so we will be tested in the secondary this week.”

The defense as a whole played exceptionally well against Caldwell, but they allowed a critical pass downfield late to set the Hornets up with first and goal and the eventual game-winning score.

Friday’s Homecoming matchup against the Rattlers at MHS will be the team’s final non-district game of the season. Their last six games will come against district opponents and count toward their overall playoff chances.

Urbantke and the coaching staff will attempt to prepare them for the district season while also managing all of the natural noise that comes with Homecoming week on campus.

“We have to go to work in district starting next week,” said Urbantke. “We cannot go out on Friday and have another bad performance. This is our last tune up before district. Yes, we want to win every game, but they really start counting next week.”

After hosting Navasota on Friday, the district slate will begin with a road matchup at Mexia on Sept. 27. The first district contest at MHS will come against Fairfield on Oct. 4.

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