Madisonville wins in impressive fashion

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The Mustang football team finally captured their second win of the season defeating the Royal Falcons on Friday, 77-13. 

It’s no secret that the Mustangs have struggled this season, but Friday’s win over the Falcons might be just what the doctor ordered as they head into their final two games of the season.

“This was the first game in a long time I felt that we were physical,” said Head Coach Rusty Nail. “We tackled well and really showed some fight on both sides of the ball.”

Mustangs’ quarterback Ben Phillips had a strong performance completing 80 percent of his passes throwing for a total of 70 yards on the night. Phillips also led the team in rushing with 151 yards.

“Phillips executed well,” said Nail.

Uriel Willis also had a big game for the Mustangs, rushing for 104 yards while Gabriel Smith rushed for 77 yards. Friday’s win was a total team effort as eight different Madisonville players scored touchdowns; Cornelius Merchant led the Mustangs with 20 receiving yards.

Madisonville showed a much-improved defense against the Falcons as they held Royal to only 13 total points. Senior Isaiah Berry led the team with 10 tackles and a timely sack that backed Royal up 11 yards.

“Our defense was a lot better – very physical,” Nail said. “[The defense] got some real good licks in. We just played well and they didn’t.”

Madisonville looks to carry the momentum from their win over Royal into their next game, which is Friday at home against the Bellville Brahmas at 7:30 p.m.

Freshmen and JV

Both the freshmen and junior varsity teams had a bye last week, and even though neither team played both teams practiced hard.

“We spent the week polishing up on fundamentals and getting better at what we do,” said Coach Sheldon Moor. “We preached the little things like blocking angles, hand placements and ball security, as well as polishing up our offensive.”

Both freshman and JV will resume play on the road in Bellville on Thursday. 

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