Mustangs drop second straight to start district play

Posted 10/4/19

The Fairfield Eagles (5-1, 2-0) outscored Madisonville (2-4, 0-2) 21-0 in the third quarter to run away with Friday's district matchup and earn a 31-15 victory at MHS.

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Mustangs drop second straight to start district play

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The Fairfield Eagles (5-1, 2-0) outscored Madisonville (2-4, 0-2) 21-0 in the third quarter to run away with Friday's district matchup and earn a 31-15 victory at MHS.


“We are not out of it,” said head coach Russell Urbantke after the loss. “We have four guaranteed games left in this district and every week we will see someone like the last two teams we have faced. We need to eliminate those errant snaps and penalties and get back to work.”

Three snaps sailed over the head of either Armando Juarez or Tyrese Brown on Friday, one of which came at a critical point in the first quarter.

After Madisonville’s first offensive drive stalled around midfield, Juan Polanco delivered a perfect punt inside the Fairfield two-yard line. Roderick Holiday then brought heavy pressure on quarterback Justin Abram, who was flagged for intentional grounding in the end zone. This resulted in a safety and an early 2-0 lead for the Mustangs.

After the safety kick, Madisonville was inside the Fairfield 10 and threatening to take an early two-possession lead. Instead, a wild snap went over Brown’s head and the Eagles picked it up and ran the rest of the way for a touchdown.

“You make a mistake like that in a ball game like this and you give them the momentum,” said Urbantke. “Those plays have got to go away. They had a really quick nose guard, so we had to go very fast. We had a hard time adjusting to that.”

“Some of us put our heads down after that, it kind of flipped the game” said Holiday. “We need to play a good second half, we cannot just play hard for one half. We need to take it more seriously.”

Madisonville managed to keep Abram and the Eagles off of the field for the majority of the first half. This was thanks in large part to an eight-minute scoring drive in the second quarter that culminated in an eight-yard touchdown run for Brown.

Defensively, Brown also wrestled away a deep pass attempt by Abram for an interception. The Mustangs led 8-7 at the half.

The Eagles would make quick work of Madisonville’s defense to resume play in the second half with a 73-yard drive that lasted just two minutes. Abram set up a short touchdown run with a 50-yard keeper earlier in the possession.

“(Abram) is a dynamic quarterback,” said Urbantke. “He is a running back playing quarterback. With the big boys they have up front along with their schemes, they executed really well in the third quarter. We kept them off of the field in the first half and that was the game plan going in.”

The Mustangs had a difficult time moving the ball on offense in the second half. Trailing 21-8, a Juarez pass intended for Corey Johnson was instead intercepted by Fairfield’s Dylan Rushin. He returned the pick to midfield to ultimately set up the third Eagle touchdown of the quarter.

“They get after it up front, they stack the box and are good in the secondary,” said Urbantke on Fairfield’s defense. “When we needed to throw the football, they just were not open. It was tough on (Juarez) and of course the pressure coming from their front seven is always difficult to handle.”

“They were more physical than us, we need to get stronger and play faster,” said Juarez. “We need to keep our heads up. We got another half of district ball left to play.”

Holiday broke Fairfield’s scoring spree in the fourth quarter with a 22-yard rushing touchdown. Brown set up the score with a long run of his own on the previous play.

Madisonville will look for their first district win in a road matchup against Waco-Connally next week.

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