Turnovers plagued Madisonville and big plays fueled Woodville in a 34-13 Eagles victory over the Mustangs on Homecoming night at MHS.
“We preach ball security as coaches, but we did a poor job of that tonight,” said head Madisonville football Coach Rusty Nail. “I think our defense did a good job of keeping us in the game, but we could not capitalize offensively.”
While penalties held the Mustangs back in the opener last week, miscues were the story on Friday. Madisonville moved the ball considerably better throughout the game, but put it on the ground in the red zone on two critical occasions. Quarterback Tyrese Brown also tossed two interceptions. On top of that, kicker Mauricio Aceves barely missed a 47-yard attempt and saw his 31-yard try clank off the right upright.
The first lost fumble came when the Mustangs moved the ball inside the 10-yard line and threatened to break the scoreless tie in the first. After Tyrese Brown lost the ball, Woodville’s Keon Chatman busted an 88-yard touchdown run on the ensuing possession.
Trailing 13-0 late in the second, Brown led Madisonville on a much-needed touchdown drive. After Marcus Dorman kept the drive alive with a fourth down catch and run to the 10-yard line, Brown finished it off with his legs to put the Mustangs on the board. Dorman was Brown’s favorite target and he connected with the senior early and often on Friday.
“Our blocking on the outside was pretty good tonight along with the offensive line,” said Dorman. “We need to keep progressing as a team, but we just could not take care of the ball tonight.”
After an Aaron Nellums score in the third to bring Madisonville within a possession, Woodville’s Zach Martin broke another big play for the Eagles with a 50-yard touchdown run.
The Mustangs would lead another promising drive on the ensuing possession, but a Dorman fumble at the 10-yard line gave the momentum back to the Eagles for good.
Defensively, the Mustangs were put in a tough spot with the turnovers. They were hard to break throughout the majority of the game but were done in by the big plays from Woodville.
“These kids will come back and go to work,” said Nail. There are no hanging heads. They know the most important wins come in October and November so we need to keep getting better each week.”
The Eagles improve to 2-0 with the win and will host Hardin-Jefferson in Woodville next week.
The Mustangs will try and bounce back with back-to-back road games in Caldwell and Navasota. They will take on the Hornets next Friday at 7:30 p.m.