The Madisonville football team has dropped their first two games at home to open the season, including Friday’s 34-13 Homecoming loss to the Woodville Eagles.
After 15 penalties held back the Mustangs in the opener against Bellville, they were flagged just twice in Friday’s loss. However, Madisonville turned the ball over to the Eagles six times on the night to essentially erase any chance the team had of staying in the game down the stretch.
“The fumbles were really a good job by Woodville, who put their helmets to the ball on a humid night when everything is wet,” said Madisonville head football Coach Rusty Nail. “The interceptions were poor decisions made trying to compensate for miscues earlier in the game.”
MHS Quarterback Tyrese Brown completed five of 11 pass attempts in the loss for a total of 26 yards. On the ground, he rushed for 60 yards on 20 carries and found the end zone in the second quarter.
“We have met with (Brown) about playing within the system and not trying to do too much or forcing something that is not there,” said Nail. “He is a young player and gaining good experience from both the positives and negatives of our first two games.”
Brown trailed just Uriel Willis in total rushing yards for Madisonville against the Eagles. The senior Willis racked up 113 yards on 21 carries for an average of 5.4 yards a touch. Aaron Nellums carried the ball six times for the Mustangs and converted their second and final score of the night from six yards out in the third.
All five of Brown’s completions on the night went to senior Marcus Dorman, who logged 26 receiving yards.
Defensively, Madisonville was given a tall order with all of the turnovers on the other side of the ball as well as two effective running backs for Woodville to worry about. Defensive back Alonso Childress led the unit with 13 tackles on the night, followed by Dorman with nine from the linebacker spot. Michael DeBoisblanc recovered a fumble, Woodville’s only turnover of the game.
Madisonville kicker Mauricio Aceves attempted two field goals against the Eagles. The first, a tough 47-yard attempt, sailed just outside the upright while the second bounced off of it. He kicked off three times for the Mustangs in the game and recorded two touchbacks.
Madisonville will now look ahead to week three of their schedule as they hit the road for the first time of the season. They will take on the Caldwell Hornets, who have also dropped their first two matchups of the new year with sizable losses to Edna and Rockdale. The game will kickoff in Caldwell at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.
After Caldwell, the Mustangs will travel to Navasota. Their next home game will take place against Mexia on Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m.