Mustangs prepare for season opener

Posted 8/27/19

The Madisonville football team is just two days away from their regular season opener at Bellville, who defeated the Mustangs 10-7 in a week one matchup at MHS last season.

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Mustangs prepare for season opener

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The Madisonville football team is just two days away from their regular season opener at Bellville, who defeated the Mustangs 10-7 in a week one matchup at MHS last season.

In preparation for the opener, Madisonville participated in their second preseason scrimmage against Cameron on Thursday at C.H. Yoe High School. Cameron has been pegged as a top-five team in 3A Division 1 by Dave Campbell’s High School Football Magazine.

“The big thing that really excited me was that Cameron is such a tough opponent,” said head coach Russell Urbantke. “We faced one of the better running backs that we will see all year, their offensive line was very physical and I felt like we met their intensity, as well. Our defensive line played very well and our linebackers were physical at the point of attack.”

Cameron is returning half of their starters on both sides of the ball, including running back Nico Vargas. The Mustangs had a chance to go against quarterback Braden Brashear and a number of talented receivers.

“There were a couple times they got loose in our secondary,” said Urbantke. “The big thing on the defensive side of the ball is that we came right back and responded. There was not any quit in our kids.”

Madisonville’s defense also recorded an interception in a staged overtime period during the scrimmage. This ultimately resulted in a successful 35-yard field goal for kicker Juan Polanco.

On Friday, Madisonville will strap it up for the their first meaningful contest of the new season. The Bellville Brahmas will return 10 starters from their run to the Area playoffs in 2018.

“(Bellville) is physical and run-oriented,” said Urbantke. “The big thing for preparation is simulating their slot-T offense. Defensively, we need to get lined up and ready to go in less than three seconds. The hardest part about preparing is portraying that out here on Monday and Tuesday.”

Madisonville’s scout team had their work cut out for them in staging Bellville’s rapid slot-T formation. On offense, the priority will be limiting avoiding turnovers and flags. In last year's 10-7 loss to the Brahmas at MHS, the Mustangs dug a hole for themselves by committing over 15 penalties.

“I have not been preaching so much a win as I have discipline,” said Urbantke. “Last year, that costed us the ball game. We were not very discipline, so that has been my word of the week. We have to have it on both offense and defense.”

The season opener in Bellville will kickoff at Brahma Stadium at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. It will be the first of two non-district road games before the Mustangs return to MHS for their home opener.

The first home game of the year will come against Caldwell on Sept. 13. District play is slated to begin on the road against Mexia on Sept. 27 at 7:30 p.m.

Elsewhere around the district in week one, Waco-Connally travels to Palestine, Lorena travels to China Spring, Fairfield travels to Rusk, Robinson hosts Taylor, Salado travels to Troy and Mexia travels to Cameron.

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