Mustangs force four turnovers, drop OT thriller at Bellville

Posted 8/31/19

The Bellville Brahmas edged the Madisonville Mustangs 18-15 on Friday at Brahma Stadium in an overtime thriller to open the 2019 regular season.

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Mustangs force four turnovers, drop OT thriller at Bellville

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The Bellville Brahmas edged the Madisonville Mustangs 18-15 on Friday at Brahma Stadium in an overtime thriller to open the 2019 regular season.

After Bellville capped off the first overtime possession with a field goal to take their first lead since the opening quarter, Juan Polanco’s 40-yard attempt to tie the game sailed to the right of the goalpost following a false start penalty that moved the ball back five yards.

The Bellville offense possessed the ball for the majority of the third quarter as well as the first four minutes of the fourth in what would prove to be the night’s critical drive. They converted on two fourth-and-short yardage situations and were also assisted by a pair of pass interference calls on fourth down.

“That one drive killed us,” said Russell Urbantke after his first game as Madisonville’s head coach. “I think we ran a total of about six or seven plays on offense in the entire third quarter.”

Robert Briggs of Bellville would ultimately finish the drive with a 20-yard touchdown run. Madisonville’s Tyrese Brown defended his man well on the ensuing two-point conversion attempt, but failed to swat the ball away. The game was tied at 15 with just over eight minutes to play in regulation.

“I cannot say enough about (the defense),” said Urbantke. “They played their rear ends off. Overall, the effort from the whole team was there, but again, our discipline got us beat tonight. But penalties and missed assignments, they are all correctable Monday through Thursday.”

“(Coach Urbantke) said penalties would determine this game,” said senior defensive lineman Da’Voszia Mock. “It was a good game plan and (Bellville) is a good team, we just need to come back next week and execute.”

Madisonville’s defense was able to recover four fumbles on four straight possessions during the second quarter, but they could not turn it into a commanding lead on the offensive side. The Mustangs led just 15-7 at the halftime break despite the game’s lopsided feel.

“(The Brahmas) move their front and they are a very active defense,” said Urbantke. “We did not handle it very well tonight. We will go back to work and next week is going to be the same challenge.”

The fumbles, three of which were botched snaps by Bellville, were recovered by Asa Surface, Tyrese Brown, Jace Snook and Jer’Tavius Brown.

“We are always trying to get takeaways, that is our mindset all of the time,” said Defensive Coordinator Heath Brittain, who officially began his career with the Mustangs on Friday. “I was really excited about that and I wish we would have gotten some more in the second half. They had a couple issues snapping the ball and we saw that in video, so we were trying to take advantage of it.”

The four turnovers would ultimately result in nine points for Madisonville. Quarterback Armando Juarez took advantage of Brown’s fumble recovery by finding Doug’kyrn Johnson inside the red zone. Roderick Holiday would then take the ball inside the five to set up a short touchdown run for Tyrese Brown. The Mustangs were unsuccessful on a two-point conversion attempt.

Trialing 7-0 at the end of the first, Holiday took a Juarez screen pass all the way to the end zone for a 24-yard touchdown on fourth-and-long to give Madisonville their first points of the season.

Madisonville will travel to Woodville (0-1) next week in an attempt to bounce back against the Eagles.

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