MadVille offense delivers cohesive attack

Posted 9/15/20

Multiple Mustangs ran for a combined 238 yards Friday, which paved the way for a pair of critical passing touchdowns for quarterback Armando Juarez as Madisonville cruised to a 24-7 homecoming victory over Teague at MHS.

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MadVille offense delivers cohesive attack

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Multiple Mustangs ran for a combined 238 yards Friday, which paved the way for a pair of critical passing touchdowns for quarterback Armando Juarez as Madisonville cruised to a 24-7 homecoming victory over Teague at MHS.

“One of the things I look at is the number of touches the different running backs had,” said head coach Russell Urbantke. “That is real important for our offense, that we spread the ball around like that. We have several of those guys playing defense, so the idea is that we always have fresh legs in the ball game.”

The Mustangs averaged 6.8 yards per carry and saw an impressive total from a number of backs. Patrick Brazzell led the team with 53 rushing yards on five carries (10.6 YPC) and was followed by Ronnie Mosley with 50 yards on four carries (12.5 YPC).

Juarez tallied 34 yards on the ground on five carries (6.8 YPC), including a 39-yard touchdown scamper, to compliment his 89 yards through the air, which included a pair of touchdowns.

“Establish the run game, spread it around on the perimeter and get our athletes into space,” said Urbantke. “I feel like (Juarez) did a good job of that and getting the ball on the edge to our receivers.”

Six Mustangs hauled in Juarez passes in the win, including Rayce Hudson with four receptions and Doug’kyrn Johnson with two. Devin Wheaton, Jeramiah Burns, Jermal Holland and James Randle each hauled in one, including a 16-yard touchdown reception by Wheaton for the game’s first score.

Johnson also hauled in a touchdown reception in the waning seconds of the first half to put the Mustangs in control for good.

Back-to-back carries from Devin Wheaton and James Randle put the Mustangs in Teague territory and set up a 20-yard run for Juarez with less than a minute left to play in the first half.

Juarez then found Doug’kyrn Johnson to put them in the red zone with 11 seconds remaining. When it appeared they would ultimately settle for a long field goal try before the half after a penalty pushed them outside the red zone, Juarez fled the pocket and kept the play alive long enough to connect with Johnson again, this time in the back of the end zone.

“I told the offense before they went out on the field that we needed seven points,” said Urbantke. “(Juarez) made a great play. He got flushed out of the pocket and extended it and (Johnson) never gave up on it.”

“Our line gave me enough time to pass the ball and I just kept my eyes downfield and waited for my receivers to get open,” said Juarez on his touchdown to Johnson late in the first half as well as his 16-yard strike to Wheaton in the first quarter. “(Wheaton and Johnson) did a great job catching the ball and getting open while I scrambled”

They extended their lead to two-possessions to conclude their first offensive drive of the second half with a 35-yard field goal off the foot of kicker Vladimir Morales. Brazzell set up the opportunity with three first down carries on the drive, including a 30-yard burst into the Lion secondary.

Madisonville’s strong running game helped open up the pass and was fueled in large part by the return of senior right tackle Konner Atkins, who missed the first two games with a finger injury.

“Getting our leader back up front helped,” said Urbantke after the game Friday. “As for the other four (lineman), this is their third (varsity) game. That is really crucial, you cannot put a price on that experience. The more they play, the better they are going to get and gel together as a group”

Morales originally missed a 40-yard attempt, which would have given the ball back to the Lions in a one-score game. But an offsides call gave him another opportunity and helped demoralize the Lions in the third quarter.

Other backs to carry the ball for the Mustangs Friday included Burns (32 yards), Wheaton (31 yards), Randle (20 yards), Holland (six yards), Xzavier Whaley (seven yards) and Blessing Ngene (five yards).

Through the first three weeks of the season, Juarez leads the Mustangs with 251 rushing yards on 47 carries (5.3 YPC). Brazzell is averaging 7.8 yards per carry with 109 yards on 14 touches. He is followed in rushing yards by Mosley with 84 on 13 carries (6.5 YPC).

As a team, the Mustangs are averaging 5.6 yards per carry through week three.

Through the air, Juarez has completed 21-of-37 passes for 306 yards (14.6 yards per attempt) and four touchdowns. He has thrown one interception.

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