Leopards outpace Mustangs

Posted 9/22/20

The Mustangs allowed 331 rushing yards in Friday’s 56-25 road loss against the Lorena Leopards Friday to fall to 2-2 with one game remaining before the open district play at MHS Oct. 9.

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Leopards outpace Mustangs

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The Mustangs allowed 331 rushing yards in Friday’s 56-25 road loss against the Lorena Leopards Friday to fall to 2-2 with one game remaining before the open district play at MHS Oct. 9.

“First and foremost, our tackling was very poor,” said head coach Russell Urbantke. “We did not tackle well. They do have some weapons but, in my eyes, we made them look way better than they were just because we could not tackle them.”

Lorena backs Reed Michna and Kasen Taylor each rushed for over 100 yards and combined for six touchdowns while quarterback Ben Smedshammer added another 178 yards through the air.

“I felt like we were dominated up front on both sides of the ball,” said Urbantke. “Their offensive line dominated our defensive line and their defensive line had their way with our offensive line. If you cannot block and you cannot tackle, you are going to struggle and we did not do either one of those things very well Friday night.”

Lorena scored on three straight offensive possessions in the second half. They outscored Madisonville 27-0 to start the second half and Michna finished the night with four touchdowns on the ground.

“(Lorena head coach Ray Biles) does a great job over there,” said Urbantke after the loss Friday. “They spread you out defensively and they are running and throwing the ball where you are not.”

Jace Snook led the Mustangs in tackles Friday with 15, recovered a fumble and added the team’s lone sack of the night. Two of his tackles came behind the line of scrimmage. Josh Griffin was next in tackles with eight and followed by Jermal Holland with six and Jeramiah Burns with five.

Burns also recorded what would have been his third red zone interception of the season, but it was called back due to a penalty.

“That is why you play those (district tuneups), to learn from our mistakes,” said Urbantke as his largely young squad nears district. “As we tell the kids all the time, we do not want to make the same mistakes twice. We need to learn from it, correct them, and get ready to go out and perform this Friday.”

The Mustangs will host the Livingston Lions at MHS Friday in their last matchup before their scheduled bye week and district play. Livingston is 2-2 to start the 2020 season and coming off a two-game winning streak with victories over Orangefield (21-20) and Diboll (35-20).

“(Livingston) likes to stretch the field deep vertically and run their quarterback, and (Livingston quarterback Damian Ruiz) is an exceptional athlete,” said Urbantke. “Defensively, they are going to put some pressure on you, they play man coverage and they will try to bring some guys off the edge to put some pressure on your offense.”

The Mustangs will take on Livingston Friday at MHS at 7:30 p.m. They will host two more contests at home following their district opener against Shepherd Oct. 9. These matchups include Center on Oct. 23 and Jasper Nov. 6, which is slated for Senior Night.

Tickets for Friday’s matchup against Livingston at Mustang Stadium can be purchased online this week for $5 through the district’s website. To access tickets, go to the website’s “Athletics” section and click on the “HomeTown Ticketing” tab.

You may print your online ticket or present it to stadium personnel for scanning through your cell phone. Tickets will not be sold at the gate for this or any other MHS varsity football contest this season.

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