Eagle attack outruns MadVille

Posted 10/20/20

The Rusk Eagles rushed for 335 yards in Friday’s 37-29 decision over Madisonville and used big plays to establish a sizable lead late in the contest, allowing them to hold off a streak of 15 unanswered Mustang points in the fourth.

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Eagle attack outruns MadVille

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The Rusk Eagles rushed for 335 yards in Friday’s 37-29 decision over Madisonville and used big plays to establish a sizable lead late in the contest, allowing them to hold off a streak of 15 unanswered Mustang points in the fourth.

“They’ve kind of got a three-headed monster there,” said head coach Russell Urbantke. “Everybody needs to do their job on defense. You got a job, you got a gap responsibility, and we have to stay in that gap to not allow those things to take place. That will be our big focus this week: gap responsibility and making sure everybody is where they are supposed to be.”

The Mustangs took an early 7-0 lead after Rayce Hudson recovered a first quarter fumble to set up Whaley’s scoring march.

The defense went up against a number of playmakers on the Rusk offense and managed to bottle up highly-touted running back Joseph McGowan for the most part. Alex Jones, however, broke a number of big plays and recorded 189 rushing yards on 17 attempts.

“I give it up to (Rusk head coach Thomas Sitton) and his guys, they had a really good plan,” said Urbantke. “I thought our defense did really good in keeping (McGowan) at bay. But now you got to stop the other guys, and that was the hard thing because (Jones) is a really good back. I felt at times we tackled him well but other times we didn't get off our blocks up front and when he squirts through a hole, he is gone.”

Rusk quarterback Owen McCown added another 115 yards on the ground, fueled in large part by a 63-yard score in the first quarter, and 103 yards through the air.

Patrick Brazzell led the Mustangs in tackles with eight and was followed by Jeramiah Burns with seven and Jace Snook with five. Brazzell and Snook each recorded tackles behind the line of scrimmage.

Kicker Vladimir Morales converted three successful onside kicks, including two in the final minutes to keep Madisonville in the game. He will also three-for-three on extra points and punted the ball away six times for a total of 222 cumulative yards.

Madisonville (1-1) will return home to take on Center (1-1) at MHS Friday at 7:30 p.m. Center is coming off a 56-6 victory over Shepherd. Their versatile running game is led by highly-touted back Keamodre Horace, who enters Friday’s matchup with 1,488 rushing yards and 23 total touchdowns.

He recorded over 200 yards and four touchdowns in the win over Shepherd.

“(Center) has one of the leading rushers in the state of Texas and that is going to be our biggest deal: stopping him and forcing them to throw the ball outside,” said Urbantke. “They do a lot of the (run-pass option) game, so the receivers are running routes and the quarterback makes the call on whether he hands it to the back or pulls it back and throws the pass off the RPO. That will be a big thing for us this week, trying to defend that.”

Before defeating Shepherd to even their district record Friday, Center fell to Carthage by a score of 56-14. They were 4-1 in non-district with a 63-62 loss to Tatum on opening day and victories over Jefferson (48-0), Gladewater (41-40), Chapel Hill (55-14) and Van (31-28).

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