Mustangs look to keep building after first win

Posted 9/19/18

The Mustangs combined for a total of 545 rushing yards and seven touchdowns in Friday’s 49-7 blowout victory in Caldwell over the Hornets to improve to 1-2 on the year.

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Mustangs look to keep building after first win

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The Mustangs combined for a total of 545 rushing yards and seven touchdowns in Friday’s 49-7 blowout victory in Caldwell over the Hornets to improve to 1-2 on the year.

“I do not believe in must-win games this early in the season, but anytime you win it helps your confidence,” said Madisonville head football Coach Rusty Nail. “All of the guys were giddy on Saturday morning, which helps because 99 percent of the time their attitude determines the kind of performance we have at practice.”

It was easy to be giddy if you ran the ball for Madisonville on Friday night. Despite attempting just four passes, quarterback Tyrese Brown dominated with his legs throughout and led the team with 158 rushing yards and four touchdowns. Uriel Willis was next with 146 yards on 19 carries against the Hornets.

Aaron Nellums was the third of Madisonville’s four 100-yard rushers on the night with 109. He also found the end zone twice in the win. Donovan Young found exactly 100 yards on just four carries, including a 56-yard rush to set up the game’s first score.

The Mustangs were able to find big plays on the ground early and often in their first win as the offensive line continues to steadily improve.

“We are still shuffling some guys around on the offensive line to find our best lineup, but we are getting better,” said Nail. “We lost a couple of guys who were not fully committed to what we asked of them each day and the young guys behind them have stepped up in a big way.”

On the defensive side of the ball, the Mustang bent but hardly broke against Hornet signal caller Trent Stefka. Cornerback Alonzo Childress had a big night in the secondary for Madisonville with three interceptions, two of which came in the second half. Garrett Johnson was able to come away with a fumble recovery when Stefka lost the ball near the sidelines late in the second quarter.

The secondary was up to the challenge most of the night and were given a number of opportunities throughout. However, the Hornets were able to convert on a number of third down situations to allow them to stay in the game late in the first half.

“We struggled against pretty much the same route and package every time,” said Nail. “We need to do a better job adjusting. That being said, I am very proud of our effort in keeping them out of the end zone for the most part.”

On special teams, Mauricio Aceves had a big night for the Mustangs. While he did not attempt a field goal, he was seven-for-seven on point after attempts and produced seven touchbacks on eight kickoffs. He also punted twice and pinned Caldwell inside the 20.

The Mustangs will now seek to even up their record at 2-2 as they hit the road once again to visit Navasota.

“(Navasota) has a lot of speed,” said Nail. “We will be at a speed disadvantage on the edge and in the secondary this week so alignment, movement and the proper angles of attack will be huge.”

Madisonville will visit the Rattlers on Friday and kickoff at 7 p.m. The next home game for the Mustangs will take place against Mexia on Sept. 28.

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