Several local teams traveled to Bryan on Friday to take part in the sixth annual High School Football Media Day at Merrill Green Stadium in preparation for the regular season, which is less than a month away.
The Madisonville Mustangs brought six players to the event with Coach Russell Urbantke, who officially took over the position in November and will lead the team from the sidelines for the first time this year.
“We have had a great summer and are ready to get started on Monday,” said Urbantke. “We really finished strong last week. As coaches, we have been in the office for two weeks preparing for our first two scrimmages and (opening night) against Bellville. Everything is in place and we are ready to go.”
Versatile starting quarterback Tyrese Brown was among those in attendance for the Mustangs. Brown showcased an impressive campaign during his first season at the helm as a junior and has worked back from an injury he sustained in the final game of the season.
“It left me with a chip on my shoulder and I was able to come back stronger,” said Brown. “We are ready to get back on the field and come out hard. We need to reduce the turnovers and that all starts in practice. We will hold each other accountable and enter each game with a winning mentality.”
Also attending the media day festivities were Asa Surface, Roderick Holiday, Michael DeBoisblanc, Ki’vycia Purvis and Davoszia Mock.
“We have quite a few seniors returning,” said Urbantke. “I have watched these players work during the springtime and throughout the summer and that is how I came up with the guys we brought today.”
The Mustangs will take the field against competition for the first time with a scrimmage in Lexington on Aug. 15. The following week, they will participate in another scrimmage at Cameron in preparation for the season opener in Bellville on Aug. 30.
“First and foremost we are worried about effort and getting there fast, whether it is on the offensive or defensive side of the ball,” said Urbantke. “We will start working in some of our opponents’ styles as we go. We do not really game plan for scrimmages, we just focus on what we are doing.”
The scrimmages in Lexington and Cameron will encompass varsity as well as JV and begin at 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. The season opener in Bellville kicks off at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 30.