Robinson air-raid stifles Mustangs

Posted 10/18/19

Madisonville (2-6, 0-4) could not contain the big play in a 55-35 loss to the Robinson Rockets (5-2, 1-2) at MHS on Friday, their fourth straight loss of the district season.

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Robinson air-raid stifles Mustangs

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Madisonville (2-6, 0-4) could not contain the big play in a 55-35 loss to the Robinson Rockets (5-2, 1-2) at MHS on Friday, their fourth straight loss of the district season.

“They are very talented on the edge and we did not tackle very well,” said head coach Russell Urbantke after the loss. “It is a simple game, block, tackle, catch, and we did not do that very well tonight at all.”

The Mustangs were burned for long touchdowns on a number of occasions, including a handful of Rohinson quarterback Joseph McHenry screens, and ultimately surrendered eight scores in the loss.

The result guarantees a district record below the .500 mark with a pair of matchups upcoming against Salado and Lorena.

“We got two more left to play,” said Urbantke. “We need to show up and work hard. We need to get better at tackling and have the offense keep progressing.”

The Mustangs came out strong offensively and moved the ball well on the ground throughout the contest. Tyrese Brown ran for three touchdowns in the loss and also connected with Corey Johnson deep downfield with his arm to set up Madisonville’s second score.

“We were moving the ball pretty well,” said Brown. “We had some good runs and a couple of mess-ups, but those are all fixable. We need to step it up on defense, we needed more stops tonight and we did not get those. They executed everything. Passing is what they do best, we just could not find a way to stop it.”

After allowing a quick touchdown to start the half, Madisonville capitalized on a perfectly-placed Juan Polanco punt to seize promising second-half momentum.

The punt, which was downed at the Robinson one-yard line, would result in a safety on the ensuing play. Madisonville defenders Roderick Holiday, Jertavius Brown and Da’Voszia Mock all converged on McHenry, forcing him to let the ball fly to no target in particular for an intentional grounding call in the end zone.

Holiday then returned the safety kickoff for a touchdown to cut the deficit to six at the time.

“Those guys on the kick return team were awesome,” said Urbantke. “We pinned them deep, got the big safety and kind of had the momentum shift our way. We just struggled to make a stop in critical situations.”

Quarterback Armando Juarez added a score for the Mustangs in the second half on a deep pass over the middle to Nathan Chappell. Brown’s final score, which went for 65 yards, came in the final minute of the contest.

The Mustangs will travel to Salado for their next matchup on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

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