Mustangs drop Senior Night finale to Lorena

Posted 11/1/19

A battered Madisonville football team limped into Senior Night on Friday and dropped their final matchup of the season to Lorena, 41-16, to finish the year with an overall record of 2-8 (0-6 in district play).

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Mustangs drop Senior Night finale to Lorena

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A battered Madisonville football team limped into Senior Night on Friday and dropped their final matchup of the season to Lorena, 41-16, to finish the year with an overall record of 2-8 (0-6 in district play).

“This is a special group to me,” said head coach Russell Urbantke, who concluded his first season at the helm of the Mustangs after a three-year stint as an assistant. “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.”

Before the game, senior members of the football and cross country teams, cheer squad and band were honored on the field with their loved ones.

“It was a dream come true,” said senior Tyrese Brown on the pregame ceremony. “I have been waiting for this day since seventh grade. We did not get the result we wanted, but we gave it 100 percent effort. I am very proud of my teammates. I just want to keep the pads on.”

The Madisonville football team will graduate over 20 players at the conclusion of the school year, meaning there will be a number of new faces on the 2020 squad.

“We did get to play quite a bit of young guys this year,” said Urbantke. “We are going to have to lean on that experience for next year. We have to grow some leaders up in that group and we need to get bigger and stronger. That is what we will work on.”

A long Lorena scoring drive put the Leopards up 20-10 at the halftime break. The Mustangs seized momentum to start the second half with a successful onside kick attempt to put them in enemy territory with a chance to cut the deficit to one score.

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

Lorena’s Brad Lina then busted a 90-yard run to put Lorena up 17. After a Madisonville three-and-out, he led them on a six-minute scoring drive that put the game out of reach.

Madisonville’s Matthew Johnson was able to find the end zone in the first half for the first touchdown of the game for the Mustangs. Midway through the fourth, Corey Johnson finished off their best drive of the night with a two-yard score. The score was set up by pair of long runs by Roderick Holiday and another by Armando Juarez.

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

The rest of the district will conclude their regular seasons next week while the Mustangs have their scheduled bye.

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