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The Madisonville offense recorded 304 yards on the ground during Friday’s 35-28 victory of the Mexia Black Cats at MHS in their first district showdown of the regular season.

“My only disappointment came in a few instances where we lost our composure against an undisciplined opponent,” said Madisonville head football coach Rusty Nail. “We cannot let that happen any time, much less during a close ball game.”

This allowed Mexia to fight their way back in the game despite a fine performance on the offensive side of the ball. Quarterback Tyrese Brown orchestrated three scoring drives in the first half to give his team a commanding 21-0 advantage at the break. Brown finished off two of the drives with with his legs before he found Marcus Dorman through the air for a rare passing touchdown late in the second.

“Initially things went well and the line was great for us again,” said Brown. “As things went on we got a little fatigued and the defense was not getting as many stops, but they were able to pull it out in the end. It is all about the mindset and keeping our composure.”

Mexia fought their way right back into the contest to start the third quarter of play, but Brown and Madisonville’s offense had an answer. The Black Cats would score twice on their first two possessions, but the Mustangs did the same with their rushing game to stay on top. Aaron Nellums would break a 64-yard score and Uriel Willis found the end zone from 25 yards out.

“The two scoring drives in the third were huge for us in picking up this win,” said Nail. “(Brown) is turning out to be everything we expected as a coaching staff.”

All told, Madisonville and Mexia combined for 35 total points in the third quarter of play alone.

It was Nellums who would lead the way for the Mustang running game in the statistical department. On 20 carries, he logged 155 yards and two touchdowns. Brown found the end zone twice and recorded 59 yards on 12 carries. Willis carried the ball 17 times and picked up 82 yards and a score.

In limited attempts, Brown was also able to catch Mexia off guard through the air on Friday. Including the touchdown pass to Dorman, he completed three of four passes on the night for a total of 74 yards, an average of nearly 25 yards per completion.

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