The Madisonville offense fought back to overcome a pair of two-score deficits at the end of each half on Friday night to come away with a crucial 42-41 district victory over Salado at MHS.
“I was more proud of the fight than the win to be real honest as that was the number one issue to overcome here that I could see in my first year,” said Madisonville head football coach Rusty Nail. “I am not sure it is fully instilled as we have been inconsistent with our “fight” a couple of times, but it was present on Friday night and a move in the right direction.”
Trailing 35-20 early in the fourth quarter after an Eagle touchdown, Tyrese Brown and the Mustang offense were desperate for a quick score. That is exactly what they would get to rejuvenate the unit once more for the final push.
Brown hit Keyon Johnson, who gained a step on the defender, down the sideline for a 53-yard score. Brown also found Colby Sheppard earlier in the contest for a 27-yard score in the back of the end zone.
When the defense got the ball back and set up the offense with favorable position, Brown finished off the drive with his third rushing score of the night and the Mustangs tied things up with a 2-point conversion.
They would have to overcome one more deficit after Salado took a 6-point lead with five minutes remaining. They would waste no time regaining the lead. Uriel Willis broke away from Eagle defenders and ran for 45 yards to set up a first and goal for Madisonville. He would ultimately finish off the drive to set up the game-winning extra point by Mauricio Aceves.
Brown thrived in a balanced offensive attack for the Mustangs, completing 11-of-15 passes for 166 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. On the ground, he was the leading rusher for Madisonville by far with 118 yards on 24 carries and three touchdowns.
“This was about overcoming adversity,” said Brown after the win. “We fought and then kept fighting. Our defense came up with some critical stops and we came up big on the offensive end. We had a balanced offense and made things hard for them. I love my teammates, they fought hard.”
He spread the ball around to six different receivers on the night. Johnson’s long catch and run was good for most receiving yards on the team while Donovan Young hauled in four passes for 50 yards.
With the help of his critical run to set up first and goal late, Willis was second on the team in rushing on Friday with 76 yards. Aaron Nellums carried the ball six times for 26 total yards.