Mustangs fall to 1-2 in district with home loss

Posted 10/23/20

The Madisonville football team surrendered 48 unanswered points to the Center Roughriders Friday after jumping out to a 10-0 advantage in the first quarter. The Mustangs are 1-2 in district play with a matchup in Carthage (3-0) next week.

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Mustangs fall to 1-2 in district with home loss

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The Madisonville football team surrendered 48 unanswered points to the Center Roughriders Friday after jumping out to a 10-0 advantage in the first quarter. The Mustangs are 1-2 in district play with a matchup in Carthage (3-0) next week.

“What killed us was the third quarter,” said head coach Russell Urbantke after the loss. “We played two good quarters of football in the first half and, in the third quarter, we didn't come to play, and you have to against these caliber of teams.” 


Back-to-back three-and-outs to start the night for Madisonville’s defense led to a 23-yard field goal by Vladimir Morales and a three-yard touchdown carry for Xzavier Whaley. His scoring carry was set up by a pair of completions from quarterback Armando Juarez to Devin Wheaton and Rayce Hudson.

But highly-touted Center back Keomodre Horace answered the call on the ensuing possession with a 75-yard touchdown run on the drive’s first play.

“Playing those guys, with their big-play ability, you cannot get taken out of the game plan,” said Urbantke.

Madisonville’s offense then became stagnant and were stuffed on a pair of critical fourth-and-short tries in the second quarter to turn the ball over on downs.

“They’ve got some big guys up front,” said Urbantke on the struggles in the ground game. “They zeroed it out and got out of their coverage, started blitzing and putting pressure on us. We didn't handle it very well, we didn't block very well on the edge at all.”

Center would turn both of those turnovers-on-downs into points on the other end and take a 20-10 advantage into the halftime break.

Juarez attempted a pair of deep shots on the team’s opening drive of the second half, just barely missing his targets downfield.

“We had two plays on our first drive (of the second half), if we execute those, we keep moving the ball downfield,” said Urbantke.

Instead, the three-and-out would lead to a Marques Hall touchdown and a three-possession deficit.

It was the first of four second half touchdowns for the Roughriders that would allow them to cruise to their second district victory.

The Mustangs will look to bounce back in district on the road against top-ranked Carthage next week. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. Friday.

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