The Madisonville defense struggled to contain Robinson quarterback Jordan Rogers on Friday night and fell victim to multiple big plays from the surging Rocket offensive attack.
“We have to get better in the box with our linebackers and defensive tackles on inside running plays,” said Madisonville head football coach Rusty Nail. “The scores in the secondary were either great plays by their receivers Isaiah Montgomery and Noah Richard or just a size mismatch, which we cannot control.”
Rogers connected with Montgomery for two long scores of 20 and 30 yards. The first score came on a critical fourth down play late in the second quarter. All told, Rogers recorded three touchdowns (one with his legs), threw for 225 yards and ran for 112.
But the Madisonville unit was able to come away with two takeaways on back-to-back defensive possessions in the fourth quarter. Michael DeBoisblanc claimed the first with an interception off Rogers and Alonzo Childress came away with a loose ball for the second.
Donta Malcolm was a bright spot for the Mustang defense. The senior knocked the ball loose from a Rocket player three times throughout the game and was able to sack Rogers twice for a total of 13 negative yards.
He was also tied for second in total tackles along with Marcus Dorman with five. Roderick Holiday and Reyshawn Moore led Madisonville with six tackles apiece. Despite misconnecting on a long field goal attempt, kicker Mauricio Aceves was perfect in extra point attempts. He also recorded a touchback on four kickoffs.