Mustangs struggle for consistency in road loss

Posted 9/22/20

The Madisonville Mustangs had trouble finding consistency on the offensive side of the football in Friday’s 56-25 loss to Lorena on the road, which featured a constant barrage of penalty markers on both teams.

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Mustangs struggle for consistency in road loss

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The Madisonville Mustangs had trouble finding consistency on the offensive side of the football in Friday’s 56-25 loss to Lorena on the road, which featured a constant barrage of penalty markers on both teams.

“We had several pass interference calls, several penalties after the whistle, a couple of offsides calls, there was a block in the back and a couple of holdings,” said head coach Russell Urbantke. “Some of it comes from us just not moving our feet and having to concentrate on the movement of the ball and not the cadence.”

The Madisonville sideline appeared exasperated throughout the contest by a lack of what they felt were holding penalties on their front defensive players at the line of scrimmage, but Urbantke saw the frustrations with the officiating as an unwelcome distraction.

“A lot of people were bent out of shape about it, but they made calls on (Lorena), too,” said Urbantke. “It was not just a one-sided game at all. I am never going to blame anything on the officials because the penalties we had were penalties. We cannot let those things affect our play, and I feel like that is what happened Friday night. It took us out of our rhythm offensively and on the defensive side of the ball.”

Madisonville’s offense strung together a number of critical first half drives that allowed them to stay in the game as they attempted to keep pace with the Leopard offense on the other side. In the second half, however, their production was overcome by mistakes as they were stifled throughout most of the third and fourth quarters.

“We had some miscues, whether it was blocking on the edge or blocking on the perimeter,” said Urbantke. “We had a couple of errant snaps. Those are the things we need to get cleaned up, it is just sloppy performance all around.”

The Leopards jumped out to an early 9-0 advantage with a safety in the first quarter and a touchdown on the ensuing possession. Madisonville’s defense looked strong early, recording a goal line stand that would ultimately lead to quarterback Armando Juarez getting sacked in the end zone when the offense took over.

Juarez and the offense, however, answered promptly and orchestrated a scoring drive of their own after Ronnie Mosley returned the kickoff to midfield and Jeramiah Burns broke into open grass and inside the Leopard five-yard line.

On the first play of the second quarter, Patrick Brazzell took an option toss from Juarez five yards into the end zone to cut the deficit to two.

Trailing 22-7 in the first half, Madisonville’s offense managed to score 10 points to help trim the deficit before the break.

Juarez found Doug’kyrn Johnson for a deep completion down the sidelines to set up a 39-yard field goal by Vladimir Morales midway through the second.

Another long pitch-and-catch to Johnson on the ensuing offensive possession would set up a Juarez touchdown run to make the score 29-17 with 27 seconds to play in the half.

“I thought we had it rolling,” said Urbantke Friday. “We kind of got backed up and spit and sputtered at the start of the game (offensively), but we responded right back. But then the penalties put us behind the chains and, when you get behind the chains, it is hard to call an offense.”

The Mustangs would not score again until Mosley carried the ball across the goal line with two minutes to play in the fourth.

Juarez led the Mustangs with 47 yards rushing on 14 carries and added another 95 yards through the air. He was followed by Burns on the ground with 40 yards.

Johnson led all Madisonville receivers with 65 yards on three receptions.

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