MadVille 'D' rebounds from rocky road start

Posted 10/1/19

The Madisonville defense was able to find their rhythm on Friday despite a tough start that resulted in three Mexia touchdowns for an immediate 22-0 deficit if the first quarter of play.

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MadVille 'D' rebounds from rocky road start

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The Madisonville defense was able to find their rhythm on Friday despite a tough start that resulted in three Mexia touchdowns for an immediate 22-0 deficit if the first quarter of play.

After the opening ten minutes, the Madisonville unit surrendered just one touchdown the rest of the night and kept the game alive with an Asa Surface fumble recovery late in the fourth quarter.

“I really think (the defense) just settled in,” said head coach Russell Urbantke. “We were preaching to our guys all week that these guys were athletic enough to take it to the house at any time. Once we settled and saw what they were doing, we were able to send some pressure and had some guys beating some blocks.”

Mexia’s Jaden Proctor wasted no time showing Madisonville what he was capable of with a 67-yard touchdown run on the game’s first play from scrimmage. The Black Cats went up eight with a successful two-point conversion and got the ball right back in good position after a Madisonville three-and-out.

Jarrell Wiley capped off another quick Mexia drive in the first quarter with a rushing touchdown of his own. When Madisonville’s offensive drive stalled, the Black Cats were able to fall on a short snap on an attempted punt and take possession with a short field to work with. Wiley put Mexia back into the red zone before Proctor found Evan Harrison for a 19-yard score.

“We were not playing Madisonville Mustang football,” said Tyrese Brown. “We underestimated our opponents, they were faster than what we thought, and we should have taken it more seriously in practice. We did dig ourselves out of a big hole. We kept the heart there and we all wanted it, but we just needed to finish.”

The Mustangs allowed just one more score to Mexia’s offense the rest of way, which did not come until the waning minutes of the third quarter. Wiley was able to find the edge one last time and get into the end zone. Another successful two-point try gave the Black Cats a seven point advantage, which they would hold for the rest of the night.

The defense did give the Mustangs one final chance with the Surface fumble recovery as the fourth quarter clock wound down. Madisonville has now recorded at least one turnover in all five of their contests to start the season.

Madisonville’s Jace Snook led the unit in tackles by far on Friday with 15, four of which came in the backfield for a loss of yardage. Surface, Ethan Williams, Micheil Harrell and Jer’Tavius Brown all recorded a tackle in the backfield, as well. Roderick Holiday logged two tackles for negative yardage and seven overall, good for second most behind Snook. Williams recorded the team’s only sack.

Juan Polanco made all three of his extra point attempts to go along with a 38-yard field goal in the first half.

The Madisonville defense will look to start strong this time as they take on Fairfield at MHS on Friday.

“We need to make every practice count this week,” said Urbantke. “(Fairfield) is very good and have a very fast quarterback, as well. Their offensive line is rather large, so we just need to focus in.”

Fairfield scored 41 points in their district opener against Lorena.

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