Mustangs run away with first win in Caldwell

Posted 9/14/18

Tyrese Brown led a fierce rushing attack for Madisonville (1-2) and scored four touchdowns while cornerback Alonzo Childress came away with three interceptions in a 49-7 blowout win for the Mustangs to spoil the Homecoming festivities in Caldwell (0-3).

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Mustangs run away with first win in Caldwell

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Tyrese Brown led a fierce rushing attack for Madisonville (1-2) and scored four touchdowns while cornerback Alonzo Childress came away with three interceptions in a 49-7 blowout win for the Mustangs to spoil the Homecoming festivities in Caldwell (0-3).

“Week one it was penalties, week two it was turnovers, but tonight we brought it all together,” said Brown, who earned his first victory as Madisonville’s starting quarterback. “We took care of the ball and the offensive line did a great job for us. We ran hard tonight, like we had something to prove.”

While big plays killed Madisonville in the first two weeks, they fueled them on Friday. Donovan Young set up Brown’s first score with a 30-yard rush to put the Mustangs in the red zone. After Caldwell answered with their only score of the night, Aaron Nellums broke a 65-yard touchdown carry and Madisonville never looked back. Nellums found pay dirt twice in the win.

“Our receivers did a good job blocking on the edge,” said Madisonville head football Coach Rusty Nail. “We tightened our formations and still managed to get outside and we were effective inside when we needed to be as well.”

Despite a 21-7 lead at half, Nail felt that his team left some points on the field with incomplete drives and a number of third down conversions for the Hornets. However, a 28-point effort by his team in the second half was more than enough.

Brown, Nellums and Uriel Willis, who Nail dubbed a “three-headed monster” in the preseason, kept the Hornet defense off balance all night while controlling the clock and moving the chains. Young would also find the end zone for the Mustangs in the fourth quarter.

On the defensive side of the ball, Madisonville was tested downfield early and often and cornerbacks Childress and Corey Johnson rose the occasion. Childress halted Caldwell’s first drive of the game with an interception off quarterback Trent Stefka and would do it twice more in the second half to help his team run away with the lead.

“We just stayed in position deep and let the ball come to us,” said Childress. “A win like this will do a lot for our guys, but we got more work to do.”

All told, the defense took the ball away from Caldwell four times. At the end of the first half, Garrett Johnson somehow found a way to recover a Stefka fumble in bounds.

“That is the way we are going to have to play in the secondary,” said Nail. “We’ll see some guys who are bigger and better athletes throughout the year, so we need to play fundamental football and make them earn it.”

The Mustangs will attempt to even up their record at 2-2 next week when they travel to Navasota to battle the Rattlers. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30.

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