MadVille seniors honored at MHS

Posted 11/5/19

The Madisonville football program said farewell to 24 team members during Friday’s Senior Night festivities at MHS, which featured introductions for each individual senior along with their loved ones. Seniors from the cross country and cheerleading teams were also honored along with band members.

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MadVille seniors honored at MHS

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The Madisonville football program said farewell to 24 team members during Friday’s Senior Night festivities at MHS, which featured introductions for each individual senior along with their loved ones. Seniors from the cross country and cheerleading teams were also honored along with band members.

“We put our kids through a lot of hard work, so it is bittersweet,” said head football coach Russell Urbantke on the pregame ceremony. “I hate the way their senior year went, but they never quit on us and did anything we asked them to do. I am super proud of what they were able to accomplish here while they were in high school.”

“It was a dream come true,” said senior Tyrese Brown on the ceremony. “I have been waiting for this day since seventh grade. We did not get the result we wanted, but we gave it 100 percent effort. I am very proud of my teammates. I just want to keep the pads on.”

Much of the year was spoiled for a number of seniors and underclassmen who were unable to suit up due to injuries. The Mustangs were plagued by the injury bug throughout the 2019 season.

“A lot of those guys put a lot of hard work in during the spring and summer,” said Urbantke. “Injuries were an issue all season for us. I am not sure if we ever went out there with the same offensive or defensive line on a week-to-week basis, we were always having to shuffle guys around. It is very difficult to find consistency when you have new guys showing up at each position every Friday night.”

With the conclusion of the season as well as the careers of 24 team members, Urbantke and the Mustangs will look to the future and the 2020 season. The program has two junior varsity squads with high numbers. Many of the younger players will look to move up to the varsity level and fill in at the newly open slots.

“There is a possibility that we could be looking at some sophomores next year,” said Urbantke. “It is a big group. We will be looking to fill some holes and will just have to see how they progress. We have a good group of juniors who will be seniors and, of course, the sophomores that will be juniors, as well.”

The Junior Varsity Blue team finished their season with an impressive record of 6-1-1, including a pair of cancelations. The Junior Varsity Red team, which is primarily freshman, finished 3-6.

“We had seven or eight freshman playing up on the J.V. Blue team,” said Urbantke. “With those guys and the experience that they get, that is how you get better. You cannot get better by not playing. We tried to put those guys in situations where they could play on Thursday nights.”

The Madisonville football schedule could also look different in 2020. Every two years, the UIL realigns the districts based on updated program numbers. The new alignments will be released on Feb. 1.

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