Madisonville trounces Navasota in Homecoming bounce-back win

Posted 9/20/19

Madisonville (2-2) showed out on both sides of the ball with five touchdowns and five turnovers in a 43-21 victory over the Navasota Rattlers (0-4) on Homecoming to conclude their non-district slate.

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Madisonville trounces Navasota in Homecoming bounce-back win

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Madisonville (2-2) showed out on both sides of the ball with five touchdowns and five turnovers in a 43-21 victory over the Navasota Rattlers (0-4) on Homecoming to conclude their non-district slate.

Despite a 26-7 halftime deficit, Navasota scored 14 straight points in the second half to cut the lead to five. The Madisonville offense, however, stole back the momentum with a much-needed scoring drive that culminated in a 28-yard touchdown pass from Armando Juarez to Corey Johnson.

“I was so proud of the way they faced that adversity,” said head coach Russell Urbantke. “We came out with two three-and-outs after they made some in-game adjustments at half, so we had to make some adjustments to get the offense back on track.”

The drive began with five straight rushes by Tyrese Brown to put Madisonville within striking distance for the score. Brown forced a fumble and intercepted Zack Dyer on the defensive side and scored a pair of touchdowns on offense.

“(Tyrese) is the leader of this football team, both offensively and defensively,” said Urbantke. “We challenged our offensive line all week, that is the biggest front we have played all year.”

Brown appeared to score three times, but his would-be third score was officially ruled a fumble recovered by Josh Griffin in the end zone.

“Our offense showed a lot of resilience,” said Brown. “We faced adversity and came away with the win. That is what hard work gets you.”

Madisonville’s back-to-back three-and-outs to start the second half were the only lulls in an otherwise lethal offensive performance. Juarez threw touchdowns to Brown (53 yards) and Johnson in the first and second halves, respectively. He also ran in the first score of the game after Roderick Holiday set the unit up with a fumble recovery.

“We had to score so we could put the game away,” said Juarez on the second half’s first scoring drive. “We are very confident now and feel like we can win and win a lot. We need to keep working hard in practice, the weight room and everything we do.”

Defensively, the Mustangs posted a season-high five turnovers to set the tone throughout the night. Holiday recovered a fumble and came up with an interception on a critical fourth down play in the second half. Jace Snook also recovered a fumble for the Mustangs.

“Our defense continues to play lights out,” said Urbantke. “(Navasota) is a great football team. Yeah, they are 0-4, but they have played four really good teams. (Defensive Coordinator Heath Brittain) makes those guys get three turnovers a day in practice and preaches takeaways constantly.”

“It all starts with our mentality,” said Brown of the defense. “We have the mentality to get the ball back to our offense so they can go score. That is how you win games. Offense sells tickets, defense wins championships.”

In the kicking game, Juan Polanco was three-for-three in field goal attempts on the night and four-for-four on extra points. He hit from 42, 30 and 20 yards out in the victory.

The Mustangs will now start their district slate against one of the toughest leagues in the state of Texas. The gauntlet begins with a road matchup in Mexia next week.

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