The Madisonville offense struggled to find a rhythm in a 40-10 loss to the Leopards in Lorena on Friday night to conclude their season.
Following a Jeremiah Gilbert interception on the first drive of the game, the unit had a chance to put the Mustangs on top early. However, momentum swung back to the home team when the Leopard defense came up with a critical goal-line stand that would soon result in seven the other way and a 14-point swing.
“We got to be able to punch that in,” said Madisonville head football coach Rusty Nail. “That is what we are and that is what we do.”
“That was a big play in this game,” said quarterback Tyrese Brown, who left with an ankle injury in the second quarter and did not return. “We did not get enough push off the line and could not convert.”
Trailing 13-0 to start the second quarter in Lorena on Friday, the Madisonville offense was desperate for an answer. They found one when Brown broke through the line and into the secondary for a 42-yard touchdown run. Brown would finish his first season at the helm in Madisonville with a total of 17 rushing touchdowns in just over nine games.
“Tyrese was solid all year,” said Nail on his junior signal caller. “We now know where we need to grow as a team and where Tyrese can improve as well.”
With Brown sidelined with an ankle injury, Armando “Chopp” Juarez entered the game for the Mustangs in a tough spot. He would remain quarterback for the rest of the night.
“I think ‘Chopp’ did fantastic thrown in the fire,” said Nail. “He had great composure and executed well versus our district’s best.”
Juarez made a number of impressive throws including a completed deep shot to Gage Smith in the fourth quarter. This would eventually lead to a converted 25-yard field goal attempt by Mauricio Aceves, the final score of the night.
“I just wanted to come in and perform well, it was big for me because of how young I am,” said 15-year old Juarez. “I was just looking to score for the team.”