It may have been a chilly night in Madisonville but the Mustangs were red hot. The Royal Falcons never had an answer as Madisonville posted 58 points en route to their second shutout of the season.
“We just look for execution in games like this where we feel like we’re the better football team,” said Madisonville offensive coordinator Russell Urbantke after the win. “We tried to stay sharp because we know what we have in store next week in Bellville.”
51 of the Madisonville points came in the opening half. Royal dug their own grave early when they decided to take two kickoffs from Mauricio Aceves out of the end zone. Each time, they were popped at their own 11 and they fumbled on the second try. The turnover allowed the Mustangs to build a 21-0 lead at the end of the opening quarter.
Defensively, the Mustangs never allowed Royal anywhere near the Madisonville end zone. They did, however, find their own end zone. The Mustangs gained even more momentum at the start of the second quarter when Brandon Larson forced a safety. Madisonville posted 16 points in just over a minute and a half to run away with the contest.
“This was just a great win for the team,” said the junior Larson after the game. “We read our techniques well all night and worked together as a team. We need to keep practicing hard and keep our heads in it.”
All told, six members of the Mustangs found pay dirt in the win. Cornelius Merchant and Marcus Dorman found the end zone twice while Uriel Willis, Aaron Nellums, Tyrese Brown and Gage Smith added scores along the way. This was the second most points the Mustangs have scored this season and by far the most in a single half. The majority of the second half was played with an accelerated clock.
“We need to keep executing our plays and finishing games,” said Dorman. “It’s all about working hard every day and being prepared each week. We need to just keep doing what we’re doing.”
Madisonville will look for their third straight win in District next week as they travel to Bellville. The Brahmas improved to 2-0 in District with a road win over Tarkington tonight. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. in Bellville.