Stingy MadVille D continues success

Posted 9/10/19

The defense of the Madisonville Mustangs was in a much more comfortable position to perform during the second week of the season against Woodville than they were against Bellville in the opener.

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Stingy MadVille D continues success

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The defense of the Madisonville Mustangs was in a much more comfortable position to perform during the second week of the season against Woodville than they were against Bellville in the opener.

Still, they faced a similar run-heavy type of offense in Woodville that allowed for the front seven to thrive against the Eagles. Woodville found rhythm with their running back. Keon Chatman, on two drives during the second half, but made no noise outside of the pair of touchdowns.

“They were running right into the teeth of our strength, which is our defensive line and linebackers,” said Urbantke. “(Defensive Coordinator Heath Brittain) and those defensive guys do a great job of getting us prepared and seeing what we need to stop.”

All told, the unit has now recorded five turnovers in the first two games of the season. They had four takeaways in a week one loss at Bellville and added another on Friday when Tyrese Brown fell on top of a loose ball in the fourth quarter.

Madisonville also moved some players around heading into the contest in order to adjust to the Woodville offense. Austin Longoria thrived at the outside linebacker position for the Mustangs while Jace Snook and Andres Lopez impressed inside.

“Those guys are playing lights out,” said Urbantke. “They are benefitting from really good defensive line play. We got some of our depth back. We were kind of banged up out of that second scrimmage in Cameron and of course Bellville, but it is next man up and we have to have that mentality in practice.”

The Mustangs were thrilled to have Micheil Harrell back on their defensive line to join the likes of Da’Voszia Mock, Ethan Williams and Jertavius Brown up front. Harrell recorded seven tackles in the win while Mock and Snook led the way for the Mustangs with 12 each.

Week three, however, will be a completely different challenge for a Madisonville defense that can boast back-to-back strong performances to start the year. The Caldwell Hornets will bring a pro-style offense to MHS on Friday, which is completely different than the run-heavy units of Bellville and Madisonville.

“We are really going to have to focus up on the defensive side of the ball at practice this week to get ready for all of the different things they do,” said Urbantke. “It will be pretty similar to a lot of the things that we do offensively. They are going to spread the ball around and throw much more than what we have seen. They like running the ball, too, but they are going to spread it around the field.”

Caldwell quarterback Kyle Cunningham will highlight an athletic group for the Caldwell offense and is always a threat to take off with the ball himself. The unit will also bring more complications in terms of motion before the snap, as they constantly shift their players to different sides of the ball to keep the defense off-balance.

Coach Urbantke highlighted Caldwell’s effort on both sides of the ball after watching film.

Last year, the Mustangs traveled to Caldwell and picked up a 49-7 victory in the third week of the 2018 season.

Madisonville’s first home matchup of the regular season will kickoff at MHS at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

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