Mustangs record four takeaways

Posted 9/3/19

The Madisonville defense performed at a high level in Bellville on Friday despite an 18-15 loss to the Brahmas in the opener. The unit was able to capitalize on multiple Bellville miscues in the second quarter to record four fumble recoveries to start the season.

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Mustangs record four takeaways

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The Madisonville defense performed at a high level in Bellville on Friday despite an 18-15 loss to the Brahmas in the opener. The unit was able to capitalize on multiple Bellville miscues in the second quarter to record four fumble recoveries to start the season.

A pair of pass interference penalties and a long Bellville drive in the second half ultimately allowed the Brahmas to find the end zone for the second time and force overtime. The unit stiffened in Bellville’s sole offensive possession in overtime and held the Brahmas to a field goal.

Bellville’s slot-T offense featured very little passing. In fact, the majority of their passes resulted in pass interference calls. The Brahmas ran the ball 55 times against the Mustangs, gaining 200 yards (3.6 yards per carry). The majority of the production came from Richard Reese, who rushed for 116 yards and a score. Robert Briggs would score their second touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Tyrese Brown led Madisonville in tackles on Friday with 16, one of which was for a loss. He was also one of four Mustangs to recover a fumble (Asa Surface, Jace Snook and Jer’Tavius Brown).

Snook also recorded 10 tackles on the night, good for second on the team. Corey Johnson was third with nine while Surface and Ethan Williams were tied for fourth with eight. Andres Lopes recorded seven tackles with one for a loss while Da’Voszia Mock tallied six with one in the backfield.

The Mustangs were missing a number of players on both sides of the ball, including defensive standout Micheil Harrell. The senior has been battling an ankle injury since the team’s scrimmage in Cameron.

“I want those guys playing in the district ball games,” said head coach Russell Urbantke. “We got some of them back in practice today to see how they will react, but it is really day-to-day. I would love to have them back but we won’t play them injured when we can rest them another week and get them back to full strength.”

In the meantime, the Mustangs will prepare for their next matchup against Woodville with the defenders they have. The Eagles dropped their season opener to Little Cypress-Mauriceville on Friday by a score of 21-7.

“They have a really fast backfield with their running backs,” said Urbantke. “It is a little different offense than the one we faced at Bellville, but it is the same smash mouth style. They have some good size up front, they get foot-to-foot splits and they come after you. It is all downhill running and they are trying to run right over the top of you.”

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