Mustangs honor seniors in finale

Posted 11/10/20

The Madisonville football team celebrated the careers of 10 senior players before Friday’s 41-6 loss to Jasper at MHS to conclude the 2020 season. The Mustangs finished district play with a 1-4 record (3-7 overall).

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Mustangs honor seniors in finale

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The Madisonville football team celebrated the careers of 10 senior players before Friday’s 41-6 loss to Jasper at MHS to conclude the 2020 season. The Mustangs finished district play with a 1-4 record (3-7 overall).

“I’m super proud of (the seniors) and the hard work and commitment they’ve given to the program the last six years, all the way back to junior high,” said head coach Russell Urbantke. “It’s always a tough deal to say goodbye after you see how they’ve grown up and who they’ve turned themselves into.”

The team’s senior players include Armando Juarez, Patrick Brazzell, Landen Jackson, Ryan Kinsey, Bradley Longoria, Jace Snook, Cade Colwell, Konner Atkins, Josh Griffin and Jer’Tavius Brown.

Jasper jumped out to an early 12-0 lead with a pair of touchdowns in the first quarter, including a 74-yard scoring run from Carl Limbrick to draw first blood.

After the second interception of the first half by Jasper’s defense, Madisonville’s Jeramiah Burns recovered a fumble to set up the offense at midfield. The turnover was forced by Brown and led to a 33-yard field goal by Vladimir Morales, his first of two in the opening half.

Morales’ second field goal came late in the first half from 34 yards out to cut the score to two possessions before the break.

“Our kids fought to the end,” said Urbantke. “I never saw any quit on the field from anyone. We had a couple turnovers (in the first half), but we got a couple back. We were able to move the ball with our passing game.”

Juarez threw for 92 yards in the loss with two completions to Snook for 18 yards and one to Brazzell (29 yards), Burns (24 yards), Doug’kyrn Johnson (11 yards) and Devin Wheaton (10 yards).

Madisonville struggled to run the ball against Jasper’s defense in the loss, totaling 46 yards on 26 carries. Blessing Ngene led the team with 29 yards on the ground on seven touches.

Jasper ran away with the district finale in the second half with three unanswered touchdowns.

“Our defense played lights out in the first half, but in the second half (Jasper) wore us down with their size and speed,” said Urbantke. “Some of the stops we were able to get in the first half, we couldn't come up with those in the third quarter.”

Jasper’s Limbrick ran for 196 yards on the ground and two touchdowns while Andre Thomas added 127 rushing yards and another score.

Burns led the Mustangs in tackles on the defensive side with 15 while Snook added 14. Josh Griffin recorded a sack for Madisonville while Brown added three tackles behind the line of scrimmage.

While a number of Madisonville seniors were major contributors, the team featured many underclassmen in key roles in 2020. It was their first year competing in a district with Carthage, Jasper, Center, Rusk and Shepherd after the realignment.

“That is the good thing about having a bunch of young kids this year,” said Urbantke. “They’ve seen what it takes. They’ve seen the gap between us and the teams we will have to see again next year. You can see how evident it is that we need to get back into the weight room and get stronger. That is the name of the game: we need to get bigger, faster, stronger.”

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