Jeremiah Gilbert led a four-turnover performance against Fairfield on Friday with three interceptions off Eagle quarterback Chad Rushin, including a pick in the fourth quarter that would lead to the tying score.
“I just caught the ball and took off, I thought I was going to be tackled right away but was able to advance it pretty far up the field,” said Gilbert. “We have been working hard on stopping teams on third and fourth down and we came up big tonight.”
The interception came at an almost desperate time for the Mustangs, down 7 with most of the momentum on the opposite sideline after an empty offensive possession. Gilbert’s final and most important of three interceptions rejuvenated the entire team and ultimately led to a 10-0 Madisonville run in the final minutes and a 2-0 start in district.
Gilbert joins Alonzo Childress as the second Mustang defender to record three interceptions in a game this season.
Madisonville’s Reyshawn Moore was responsible for the other turnover. Early in the game, he came up with a loose ball that gave the Mustangs good field position. While it did not lead to points, Moore also got a piece of a Fairfield punt late in the first half to set up an eventual field goal for Mauricio Aceves and a 10-7 halftime lead.
Roderick Holiday led the Madisonville defense with 11 tackles on the night. He was followed by Marcus Dorman with 9 and Michael DeBoisblanc with 7. Dorman also recorded the lone Mustang sack on Fairfield quarterback Chad Rushin.
So far on the 2018 season, Holiday and Dorman lead the team in tackles by a large margin with 45 and 43, respectively. Dorman and Asa Surface lead the Mustangs in tackles for a loss of yardage with five each. Micheil Harrell leads the team with four sacks.
As a whole, the defense has recorded 13 total takeaways this year. Breakout performances by Gilbert and Childress make up most of the seven interceptions, but Holiday has also recorded one. Six different Madisonville defenders have recovered fumbles so far this year.