MadVille offense shines in opening rout

Posted 9/1/20

The Madisonville offense ran for over 200 yards behind an inexperienced front in Saturday’s 49-20 road victory over the heavily favored Diboll Lumberjacks, who won 11 games in 3A last season. Quarterback Armando Juarez led the charge with 148 yards on the ground and four rushing touchdowns.

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MadVille offense shines in opening rout

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The Madisonville offense ran for over 200 yards behind an inexperienced front in Saturday’s 49-20 road victory over the heavily favored Diboll Lumberjacks, who won 11 games in 3A last season. Quarterback Armando Juarez led the charge with 148 yards on the ground and four rushing touchdowns.

“With (Juarez) not also playing defense, he had the freshest set of legs,” said head coach Russell Urbantke. “We had five different ball carriers, and that is what I like to see when I sit and watch the breakdown.”

Juarez carried the ball 23 times for an average of 6.4 yards per carry. His longest run of the afternoon was 33 yards. Ronnie Mosley and Patrick Brazzell each recorded five carries while Jeramiah Burns and Devin Wheaton logged one each.

“We had a bunch of young guys up front on the offensive line,” said Urbantke. “Really, all five of them. It was their first varsity start ever and they did an awesome job for us.”

The productivity on the ground led to further opportunities through the air when Juarez did drop back to pass. Despite tossing just five passes in the game (four of which were completed), he logged 117 yards and a touchdown.

The most significant aerial blow came in the second quarter when he found Brazzell down the sideline for a 55-yard catch and score to put the Mustangs up by two possessions early in the second quarter.

Juarez also completed passes to Jermal Holland (34 yards), Josh Griffin (15 yards) and Wheaton (13 yards).

“When you get the running game going like that, it opens up the passing game,” said Urbantke. “We did not have an offensive snap in the fourth quarter, so they really just had three quarters of football. I was very pleased.”

Madisonville’s offense spent the final quarter off the field due to a 95-yard defensive score from Brazzell and a 60-yard punt return for a touchdown by Burns. The final seven minutes of the quarter were played with a running clock due to the lopsided score.

The eventual running clock in favor of the Mustangs may have seemed like a distant dream early in the first quarter when Diboll took an 8-0 advantage after a deep kick return and a 28-yard score from Jaylon Jackson on the first play from scrimmage.

But the Mustangs retaliated with Juarez’s first score of the day just seven plays later. The touchdown pass to Brazzell would mark 21 unanswered points for Madisonville in the first half.

The afternoon’s main blemish came in the third quarter with the offense’s back against the end zone following a goal line stand by the defense. The lone Juarez incompletion of the contest was intercepted by Jayon McMillan, who then walked into the end zone for the second half’s only Diboll touchdown.

“(The team) is eager to get back to work (Monday) and fix those mistakes we had,” said Urbantke. “Ball security is our main concern. We cannot have those turnovers. Whether it is in the kicking game or on offense, we need to take care of the ball.”

Madisonville kicker Vladimir Morales was a perfect seven-for-seven on extra point opportunities in Diboll.

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