Leopards outrun Mustangs

Posted 9/19/20

Lorena’s 56-25 victory over Madisonville Friday included a constant barrage of penalty markers as well as large Leopard gains on the ground, which totaled 331 rushing yards.

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Leopards outrun Mustangs

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Lorena’s 56-25 victory over Madisonville Friday included a constant barrage of penalty markers as well as large Leopard gains on the ground, which totaled 331 rushing yards.

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

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.

The Madisonville sideline appeared exasperated throughout the contest by a lack of what they felt were holding penalties on their front defensive players at the line of scrimmage, but Urbantke saw the frustrations with the officiating as an unwelcome distraction.

“We let that take us out of our game plan,” said Urbantke. “That is something we cannot allow to happen. We cannot allow the officiating to get to us and then, in turn, affect our play.”

Both sides saw a number of flags rain down throughout the contest. It was the second straight week the Mustangs saw a high volume of penalties.

“We have got to get that corrected,” said Urbantke. “We have to sit down and take a better look at the video to find what is going on and why these things are happening. We have one more week to work on it, one more tune up before district.”

The Leopards jumped out to an early 9-0 advantage with a safety in the first quarter and a touchdown on the ensuing possession. Madisonville’s defense looked strong early, recording a goal line stand that would ultimately lead to quarterback Armando Juarez getting sacked in the end zone when the offense took over.

Juarez and the offense, however, answered promptly and orchestrated a scoring drive of their own after Ronnie Mosley returned the kickoff to midfield and Jeramiah Burns broke into open grass and inside the Leopard five-yard line.

On the first play of the second quarter, Patrick Brazzell took an option toss from Juarez five yards into the end zone to cut the deficit to two.

Michna, however, would then score his second touchdown of the night after Smedshammer connected with Jadon Porter deep down the sidelines.

Trailing 22-7 in the first half, Madisonville’s offense managed to score 10 points to help trim the deficit before the break.

Juarez found Doug’kyrn Johnson for a deep completion down the sidelines to set up a 39-yard field goal by Vladimir Morales midway through the second.

Another long pitch-and-catch to Johnson on the ensuing offensive possession would set up a Juarez touchdown run to make the score 29-17 with 27 seconds to play in the half.

“I thought we had it rolling,” said Urbantke. “We kind of got backed up and spit and sputtered at the start of the game (offensively), but we responded right back. But then the penalties put us behind the chains and, when you get behind the chains, it is hard to call an offense.”

The Mustangs would not score again until Mosley carried the ball across the goal line with two minutes to play in the fourth.

The Mustangs will host Livingston at MHS Friday at 7:30 p.m. for their final matchup before their bye week and district play. Their first district contest comes against Shepherd at MHS Oct. 9.

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