Mustangs shutdown Lorena attack

Posted 9/15/20

The Madisonville defense allowed just two first downs in the first half of Friday’s 24-7 victory over Teague at MHS and held control of the team’s strong running game throughout the homecoming contest.

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Mustangs shutdown Lorena attack

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The Madisonville defense allowed just two first downs in the first half of Friday’s 24-7 victory over Teague at MHS and held control of the team’s strong running game throughout the homecoming contest.

“We kept intensity the entire game,” said linebacker Jace Snook, who led the Mustangs in tackles with 13, two of which came behind the line of scrimmage. “We had our eyes open after everything that happened (last week). This week, we came back harder in practice and we did our part.”

In a 23-10 loss to Liberty at MHS Sept. 4, Madisonville coaches and defenders were displeased with their tackling efforts and lack of intensity as the game progressed. But the unit held Teague running back Nemier Herod in check all night and did not allow the Lions to reach the red zone in the second half.

“I was really pleased with our tackling,” said head coach Russell Urbantke. “(Against Liberty), they had some good backs, but we did not tackle all that well. We went back to some basic things in practice and just worked on tackling and wrapping up.”

The Mustangs also came away with a pair of interceptions off Teague quarterback Jake Callahan in the win from Ronnie Mosley and Ryan Kinsey. Kinsey’s interception kept the Lions out of the end zone as they attempted to work their way back from a 10-point deficit in the third quarter.

The Madisonville defense’s only costly blemish of the contest came midway through the second quarter: a 64-yard score from Herod to tie the game at seven at the time.

“They got us on a formation that we had not seen on video,” said Urbantke after the win Friday. “We didn't adjust to it and they kind of caught us on our heels there. Once we saw it, we made the adjustment and we stuffed it the rest of the night. (Herod) is their guy and I thought our defense, besides that one play, did a really good job in stopping him”

All told, the Madisonville defense came up with seven tackles behind the line of scrimmage. Jer’Tavius Brown recorded a pair to tie for the team lead with Snook and was followed by Patrick Brazzell, Andres Lopez and Cade Colwell with one apiece.

“(Snook and Brown) had great games up front,” said Urbantke. “I thought Cody Borgfeld had an outstanding game with (Brazzell) at the outside linebacker position. (Herod) is good, and for our defense to come out with that kind of tackling effort was great to see.”

Jeramiah Burns was second with six recorded tackles in the win. He was followed by multiple Mustangs with four apiece, including Brown, Brazzell, Borgfeld, Lopez, Kinsey, Rayce Hudson and Jermal Holland.

The Mustangs will hit the road and attempt to make it back-to-back non-district victories against Lorena next week. Urbantke spent five years as an assistant coach with the Leopards before moving to Madisonville.

“I know those guys really well, their kids play really hard,” said Urbantke. “Defensively, (Lorena) has two big defensive tackles and quite a few guys returning from last year. They have a phenomenal freshman wide receiver that they try to get the ball to in every way. Our offenses mirror each other and they are comparable.”

The Mustangs competed in the same district as Lorena in 2019 and fell to the Leopards by a score of 41-16. They will be led on offense by senior quarterback Ben Smedhammer and freshman wide receiver Jaden Porter.

“When we show up there their kids will be ready to play,” said Urbantke. “(Lorena head coach Ray Biles) does a tremendous job of preparing his kids.”

Tickets to the varsity football contest against Lorena will go on sale to the general public Thursday after the families of players and cheerleaders had an opportunity to purchase them through Wednesday.

The tickets will be paper, not digital, and can be purchased from 4:30-7 p.m. at the home ticket booth during the junior varsity football game. 450 tickets in total will be available for purchase on the visitors’ side.

Tickets will be sold at the gate for Thursday’s junior varsity contest against Lorena at MHS for $3.

Tickets will be sold at the gate for Thursday’s junior high contest at Lorena for $3.

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