Mustangs set for opener

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All levels of Madisonville football competed in a preseason scrimmage against the Cameron Yoemen at MHS on Thursday night in preparation for the first game of the season this week.

This was the second and final scrimmage for the Mustangs before their week one matchup with Bellville. JV competed before Varsity and both levels played two halves with a running clock. Madisonville head football coach and athletic director Rusty Nail offered his thoughts on what he saw on the Varsity side.

“Offensively, we accomplished what we set out to do, which was to come off the ball and move the chains with our ground game,” said Nail. “We were not worried about scoring as much as our physicality up front. I thought Aaron (Nellums), Uriel (Willis) and Marcus (Dorman) all ran extremely well. Defensively, I thought we lacked a fire and intensity and were exposed in the secondary. There is still a lot of room for improvement in all phases.”

The Mustangs will have a chance to see how it all comes together in a game that matters for the first time on Friday night against Bellville. Nail hopes to see continued improvement in his young squad on both sides of the ball such as he did in the second scrimmage compared to the first.

“My top concern is that we continue to come off the ball well on the offensive line and become the physical rushing team we were last season,” said Nail. “We have some great ball carriers and we will be alright if we can create some creases in the defense. Defensively, we need to avoid the big play in the rushing game and not be surprised over the top with a rare deep shot in their play-action game.”

Last season, the Bellville Brahmas advanced to the Regional round of the 4A playoffs before they fell 13-10 to Salado in overtime.

“(Bellville) is always a physical, well-coached football team,” said Nail. “They will mix a lot of slot-T, spread rushing attacks and use some tempo from a short huddle to try and outflank you. On defense, they keep everything in front of them and force you to be patient. This should be a great test for our young team.”

Madisonville and Bellville will battle on opening night at MHS on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

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