MadVille’s rushing attack finds pay dirt

Posted 10/13/20

Madisonville’s offense recorded four rushing touchdowns, two in each half, and spread the ball across the board during their 28-0 victory over Shepherd at MHS Friday.

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MadVille’s rushing attack finds pay dirt


Madisonville’s offense recorded four rushing touchdowns, two in each half, and spread the ball across the board during their 28-0 victory over Shepherd at MHS Friday.

“(Shepherd) did a good job defensively,” said head coach Russell Urbantke. “I was super proud of our offensive line, because we practiced two or three different defenses that (Shepherd) had shown on video during the week, and they showed up in a completely different front.”

Quarterback Armando Juarez scored a pair of rushing touchdowns in the first quarter to build an early advantage. His scoring runs came from 21 and 15 yards out.

Leading 7-0 in the first, the Mustangs were faced with a fourth down just inside Shepherd territory when head coach Russell Urbantke decided to leave the offense on the field. Juarez was able to connect with a streaking Jermal Holland on a backdoor pass, who advanced inside the red zone to set up the second touchdown.

“That was real big for us,” said Juarez. “We got good blocking up front from the offensive line. I just like the way we executed. I was really excited to get out here and play (after the bye).”

“We are always going to have several plays like that,” said Urbantke on the fourth down conversion. “We had a few others tonight that we missed on, but man, it is huge to be able to execute like that.”

The Mustangs never looked back. Offensively, they put together a pair of second half drives that culminated in scores from James Randle and Brazzell to extend their lead.

Juarez recorded 55 rushing yards on 12 carries (4.6 yards per carry) while James Randle made the most of his three carries with 41 yards (13.7 yards per carry). Jermal Holland also impressed with 33 yards on three carries (11 yards per carry). Devin Wheaton and Ronnie Mosley added 16 and 15 yards on the ground, respectively.

Doug’kyrn Johnson led the way for the Mustangs through the air with 40 yards on four receptions, including a 16-yard gain. Other Mustangs with receptions were Holland, Wheaton and Lorenzo Johnson.

Juarez was 7-for-17 through the air in the win with 90 yards.

There were a handful of further opportunities for the Mustangs to find more through the air Friday, but could not convert.

“We got to work on catching the ball,” said Urbantke. “I don’t feel like we caught the ball very well (Friday). I felt like there were several times where we had wide receivers open but did not complete the throw. (The passing game) is going to be a big focus this week. We will have to be able to execute our passing game because we will not always be able to run the ball.”

As a team, the Mustangs averaged 5.6 yards per carry Friday with 167 total yards on 30 rushes. The team’s longest run of the night was a 21-yard scamper from Juarez. Seven players tallied at least on carry for Madisonville in the win.

Vladimir Morales remained perfect on extra point attempts but missed his first field goal of the season on a long attempt that hooked just left at the last second.

Madisonville will now look to generate points against the Rusk Eagles in their second district contest of the season Friday.

“Defensively, (Rusk) is a three-man front,” said Urbantke. “We will have to keep the ball between the chains and avoid negative plays that cause you to take the ball behind the chains. As long as we don’t get ourselves into bad situations and bad downs, offensively, I feel like we can move the ball methodically down the field against their defense.”

Friday’s road district matchup will kickoff in Rusk at 7:30 p.m. Check Madisonville’s athletic home page for ticketing options.