Madisonville miscues spoil home opener

Posted 9/13/19

The Madisonville Mustangs (1-2) were plagued by miscues throughout the night and dropped a sloppy, 12-6 home opener to the Caldwell Hornets at MHS Friday.

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Madisonville miscues spoil home opener

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The Madisonville Mustangs (1-2) were plagued by miscues throughout the night and dropped a sloppy, 12-6 home opener to the Caldwell Hornets at MHS Friday.

“The penalties were just unbelievable tonight,” said head coach Russell Urbantke after the loss. “It was self-inflicted wounds. It is disheartening but we need to get back to work and fix it on Monday.”

Madisonville also missed a pair of field goals in the second quarter to help result in a 6-0 Caldwell lead at the halftime break. One of Juan Polanco’s misses, however, was a try of over 45 yards.

“We just need to get more comfortable back there kicking the football,” said Urbantke. “That is what it is. We do it in practice all of the time and then this week was basically a regurgitation of week one.”

Madisonville seemingly corrected most of the mistakes that plagued them in their opening loss to Bellville with a blowout win in Woodville in week two, but reverted back to them on Friday with a number of slip-ups.

In the second quarter, the Mustangs were threatening for the first time after a 42-yard run by Tyrese Brown to set them up near the red zone. An errant snap would ultimately force them to settle for the long field goal.

Defensively, the Mustangs impressed for the third straight week and gave their offensive counterparts a chance down the stretch. The unit came up with a big stop on fourth and short in the fourth quarter and also recorded two takeaways. Jace Snook recovered a pair of fumbles, one of which was forced by Brown.

“We are playing really good football on the defensive side,” said Brown. “We just need to capitalize on the opportunities. It all starts with the little things and executing. Holdings, personal fouls, they all add up. That is what killed us tonight.”

“The defense is playing great, lights out,” said Urbantke. “We have to stop being inept on offense and start being consistent. When we keep the ball between the chains, we have success. When it gets behind the chains, we do not. It is really a simple game.”

Quarterback Armando Juarez threw one touchdown pass for the Mustangs in the third quarter, which tied the game at six for the time being. He found Jonathan Boone up the middle of the field and the connection ultimately went for a 55-yard score.

Juarez also delivered an impressive pass that was dropped in the end zone, but it would have been negated by a penalty regardless.

“We just need to cut the foolishness in practice,” said Juarez. “We need to stop all of that and take practice more seriously. We need to focus, that is pretty much it.”

After Juarez found Boone for the team’s lone score of the night, Caldwell quarterback Logan Knesek and the Hornets retaliated quickly with a scoring drive of their own. The drive’s defining play was a lofted ball from Knesek that somehow found the hands of Larry Davis to set up first and goal.

Madisonville’s defense took it to third and goal, but Knesek was able to find the edge and take it in for six to give Caldwell the lead back. He scored both of their touchdowns in the contest.

The Mustangs will look to get back on track at MHS next week for their Homecoming matchup. They will host Navasota at 7:30 p.m. at Mustang Stadium.

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