Mustangs drop season finale

Posted 11/5/19

The Madisonville football team dropped their final contest of the season to the Lorena Leopards 41-16 on Friday following Senior Night festivities at MHS. The Mustangs finish the season with an overall record of 2-8, 0-6 in district play.

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Mustangs drop season finale

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The Madisonville football team dropped their final contest of the season to the Lorena Leopards 41-16 on Friday following Senior Night festivities at MHS. The Mustangs finish the season with an overall record of 2-8, 0-6 in district play.

“This is a special group to me,” said head coach Russell Urbantke following the conclusion of the game. “This is my fourth year here, so I have grown these guys up. It hurts my heart to see us end like this, but I poured my heart into them for four years.”

Urbantke, who has been with the Madisonville football program for four seasons, concluded his first year as head coach on Friday. He took over the job from Athletic Director Rusty Nail immediately following the end of the 2018 campaign.

“I was super proud of the team’s effort,” said Urbantke. “We have talked to them a lot about fighting to the end in these last few weeks. I felt like we did that tonight.”

Lorena drew first blood on Friday when quarterback Brad Lina found wide receiver Ty Moore deep downfield for a 35-yard touchdown connection. The Mustangs had a chance to strike back early in the second quarter with strong starting field position.

Quarterback Armando Juarez moved the Mustangs into the red zone with a deep completion to Corey Johnson over the middle of the field. Running back Matthew Johnson also delivered a pair of strong runs to set up a first and goal.

Madisonville, however, would ultimately settle for a Juan Polanco field goal after an errant snap sent them back behind the 10-yard line on fourth and goal.

After another quick Lorena score, Matthew Johnson would finish off the ensuing drive with a 25-yard touchdown run to put Madisonville in the end zone for the first time.

The Leopard offense remained in a rhythm and were able to rebuild their 10-point lead before the halftime break, but a surprise onside kick to start the second half would quickly swing the momentum back to the home team. But the promising drive would ultimately be spoiled with a Lorena interception.

“We break a long run and get down inside the 10-yard line, then we get a holding call,” said Urbantke on the critical stretch. “We are back up and under throw the ball and it is intercepted. That about tells the story of our season right there.”

Another trend during the season was big plays by their opponents. Lorena was no stranger to this on Friday. Following the interception, Lina connected with Moore once again for a 75-yard score to build a three-possession lead.

All told, Lina tossed three touchdown passes to go along with 202 yards through the air. He also ran for 127 yards, the majority of which came on a 90-yard touchdown carry early in the second half.

Moore was on the receiving end of all three of Lina’s touchdown passes and hauled in five balls for 172 yards.

The Madisonville offense would strike again for their final score of the season in the fourth quarter. The drive was set up by a pair of long runs by Roderick Holiday and another from Juarez to set them up inside the five-yard line. Corey Johnson finished it off with a score from two yards out to put their total at 16.

Madisonville concludes their regular season with a last place finish in district and have a scheduled bye on Friday while the rest of the league competes in their last games.

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