Madisonville trounces Woodville with eight rushing scores in first win

Posted 9/7/19

Armando Juarez and Roderick Holiday each found the end zone three times in an explosive performance for the Madisonville offense in Woodville on Friday, which included eight touchdowns and the first win of the Russell Urbantke era by a score of 55-12.

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Madisonville trounces Woodville with eight rushing scores in first win

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Armando Juarez and Roderick Holiday each found the end zone three times in an explosive performance for the Madisonville offense in Woodville on Friday, which included eight touchdowns and the first win of the Russell Urbantke era by a score of 55-12.

“This is a high that I have not had in a long time,” said Urbantke, who was doused in Gatorade by members of the Mustangs after the win. “It was unbelievable, but it is all about the kids. They did a tremendous job this week preparing for this game. We pretty much challenged them every day after last week’s outcome.”

While the Mustang defense dominated Woodville’s run game for most of the night, the Eagles had no answer for Madisonville’s. Holiday found pay dirt the first of three times on their opening offensive possession from over 20 yards out after Juarez found Colby Sheppard to move the chains on third down.

“I feel like it boosted our confidence and we were able to keep driving the ball down their throats,” said Holiday. “We just kept doing it over and over and they could not mess with us.”

Holiday struck again on the team’s first play from scrimmage in the second half. This time, the senior dashed for a 61-yard score to put the Mustangs up 28-0.

“It felt like when you are playing in the front yard with your friends,” said Holiday. “That is how we were feeling today.”

“We had no procedure penalties tonight and I think we had seven or eight last week,” said Urbantke. “The guys up front were really dialed in and focused. (Woodville) moves their front just as much as (Bellville) did, but we were dialed in. When (Juarez) dropped back to pass, he had all night to throw.”

Juarez impressed with both his arm and legs in his first victory as a starting quarterback. Leading 7-0 late in the second quarter, he found Donovan Young deep downfield on third-and-long to set up an eventual Tyrese Brown touchdown run.

Later in the quarter, he would connect with Young again on the very same play to set up the first of his three rushing touchdowns. More importantly, it gave Madisonville a three-score cushion heading into the break.

“I feel like I got my first game jitters out last week,” said Juarez. “I think they doubted us because they have bigger people than we do, so we struck them and hit them in the mouth. It helps us take some confidence into Caldwell next week.”

With all of the fireworks on the offensive side of the ball, it was easy to forget how well Madisonville’s defense performed for the second straight week. With the exception of two drives in the second half, the Eagle ground game had nowhere to go against the vaunted Mustang front seven.

“The first two teams we have faced have heavy run offenses,” said Urbantke. “They are running right into the teeth of our strength, which is our defensive line and linebackers. (Defensive Coordinator Heath Brittain) and those defensive guys do a great job getting us prepared and seeing what we need to stop.”

The front seven welcomed back defensive standout Micheil Harrell, who missed the opener in Bellville with an injury. The unit came away with one turnover on Friday when Brown recovered a fumble in the fourth quarter. The takeaway set up Juarez for his third and final rushing touchdown.

“We just executed everything and got after it,” said Madisonville’s utility man Tyrese Brown. 
“It all starts in practice and this was the result. We are taught everyday to overcome adversity and that is what we did tonight.”

Ronnie Mosley would put the finishing touches on the dominant performance with a 60-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

If you count preseason scrimmages, the Mustangs have traveled to four straight contests to begin their 2019 slate. They will finally return to MHS for their home opener against Caldwell on Sept. 13 at 7:30 p.m.

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