Mustangs bounce back in homecoming win

Posted 9/11/20

Madisonville stifled Teague down the stretch Friday while quarterback Armando Juarez tossed a pair of touchdowns and ran for another in a 24-7 victory on homecoming at MHS.

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Mustangs bounce back in homecoming win

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Madisonville stifled Teague down the stretch Friday while quarterback Armando Juarez tossed a pair of touchdowns and ran for another in a 24-7 victory on homecoming at MHS.

“Our objective was to come out and get a win for our team, coaches and fans,” said Juarez. “We feel like we let them down last week, so we had to come out strong and I feel like we did that.”

“We kept intensity the entire game,” said linebacker Jace Snook, who was in on a number of tackles in the cohesive defensive effort. “We had our eyes open after everything that happened (last week). This week, we came back harder in practice and we did our part.”

In a matchup plagued by a flurry of penalty markers, the Mustangs were able to take advantage of their big offensive plays and delivered stop after stop on the defensive side of the ball to easily cruise to victory.

After a strong punt return from Jeramiah Burns set the Mustangs up with stellar field position late in the first quarter, Ronnie Mosley took a handoff from Juarez nearly 30 yards inside the Teague 10.

When a penalty pushed them back to the 16, Juarez found wide receiver Devin Wheaton along the side of the end zone for the game’s first score.

“The game plan was to take the high percentage throws and, when the opportunities came, we were going to take some shots toward the end zone,” said head coach Russell Urbantke. “We have confidence in calling those plays now with some of our younger kids.”

The Madisonville defense’s only costly blemish of the contest came midway through the second quarter: a 64-yard score from Teague running back Nemier Herod to tie the game at seven.

“They got us on a formation that we had not seen on video,” said Urbantke. “We didn't adjust to it and they kind of caught us on our heels there. Once we saw it, we made the adjustment and we stuffed it the rest of the night. (Herod) is their guy and I thought our defense, besides that one play, did a really good job in stopping him”

Teague would not enter the red zone again.

With just under two minutes remaining before the break, Juarez led a 57-yard scoring drive that would set the tone for the remainder of the game. Back-to-back carries from Devin Wheaton and James Randle put the Mustangs in Teague territory and set up a 20-yard run for Juarez with less than a minute to play.

He then found Doug’kyrn Johnson to put them in the red zone with 11 seconds remaining. When it appeared they would ultimately settle for a long field goal try before the half after a penalty pushed them outside the red zone, Juarez fled the pocket and kept the play alive long enough to connect with Johnson again, this time in the back of the end zone.

The Mustangs never looked back.

“Our line gave me enough time to pass the ball and I just kept my eyes downfield and waited for my receivers to get open,” said Juarez. “(Wheaton and Johnson) did a great job catching the ball and getting open while I scrambled”

Mosley ended Teague’s first possession of the second half by intercepting quarterback Jake Callahan inside the Madisonville 17-yard line.

They extended their lead to two-possessions to conclude their first offensive drive of the second half with a 35-yard field goal off the foot of Vladimir Morales. Patrick Brazzell set up the opportunity with three first down carries on the drive, including a 30-yard burst into the Lion secondary.

Madisonville’s strong running game helped open up the pass and was fueled in large part by the return of senior right tackle Konner Atkins, who missed the first two games with a finger injury.

“Getting our leader back up front helped,” said Urbantke. “As for the other four (lineman), this is their third (varsity) game. That is really crucial, you cannot put a price on that experience. The more they play, the better they are going to get and gel together as a group”

Morales originally missed a 40-yard attempt, which would have given the ball back to the Lions in a one-score game. But an offsides call gave him another opportunity and helped demoralize the Lions in the third quarter.

Madisonville’s defense ensured Teague would never get within a possession again.

The Lions began to sniff the red zone on the ensuing possession, but Ryan Kinsey then intercepted Callahan to conclude the third quarter and any chance of a Lions comeback.

Juarez put the nail in the coffin with a 36-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter to give the Mustangs their final 17-point advantage. It came just after a long Wheaton touchdown was negated by multiple holding flags.

On top of the touchdown reception he did have, Wheaton had two long scoring runs negated by flags in the contest.

“It is just about focus,” said Urbantke on penalties. “When we are running outside, the blocking receiver needs to move their feet. That is just drill work. Those guys are young, as well. We will keep working on that and clean that stuff up.”

The Mustangs are 2-1 and will travel to Lorena next week in search of their second straight win.

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