Trailing 35-28 with just over two minutes to play, Mexia had a chance to come all the way back from 21 down and tie Madisonville on Friday at MHS before Micheil Harrell of the Mustangs dragged down quarterback Jaden Proctor twice on third and fourth down to ensure their first district win of the season.
“I had to push through and fight for my team when we needed it most,” said Harrell. “We had to stop them and we got after it.”
The plays helped Madisonville persevere despite a 28-14 advantage for the Black Cats in the second half. Mexia was able to convert on a number of big plays in the final 24 minutes to scare Mustang coaches.
“They did not make many adjustments, we just could not tackle,” said Madisonville Defensive Coordinator Randall Cherry after the win. “We were just doing too much grabbing and too much diving. But I always say this is a resilient group, and we got the stop that we needed in the end.”
The offensive revolution for the Black Cats came with the start of the second half and a quick score on a long connection from Proctor to Joshua Beachum. On their next possession, Proctor would find his man once more down the sidelines for a 30-yard score.
However, Madisonville’s strong rushing attack had an immediate retaliation to each Mexia score. After the first, Aaron Nellums busted a 64-yard carry to put the Mustangs back in the end zone. After the second, Uriel Willis would polish off another quick drive with a 25-yard rush to the house.
All told, the Mustangs and Black Cats combined for 35 points in a back-and-forth third quarter of play.
The charge was again led by Madisonville quarterback Tyrese Brown, who picked up his third straight win as the team’s starter and first home victory at the helm. He also picked up two more rushing touchdowns as well as a passing touchdown to Marcus Dorman, which came on a critical fourth down play in the first half.
“Initially things went well and the line was great for us again,” said Brown. “As things went on we got a little fatigued and the defense was not getting as many stops, but they were able to pull it out in the end. It is all about the mindset and keeping our composure.”
The Mustangs will hit the road again next week for a district matchup with Fairfield. Kickoff is set for 7:30 on Friday night.