Mustangs break out with eight touchdowns in first win

Posted 9/10/19

The Madisonville offense had a night to remember in Woodville on Friday, posting eight rushing touchdowns in a 55-12 rout of the Eagles in the second game of the regular season.

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Mustangs break out with eight touchdowns in first win

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The Madisonville offense had a night to remember in Woodville on Friday, posting eight rushing touchdowns in a 55-12 rout of the Eagles in the second game of the regular season.

The Mustangs saw three touchdowns apiece from new starting quarterback Armando Juarez and running back Roderick Holiday in the performance.

“The offensive line played much better this week and we handled their movement up front,” said head coach Russell Urbantke, who secured his first win at the helm in Woodville. “Avery Scott had a knee issue, so we played Juan Polanco at center all night and he did a tremendous job for us.”

Polanco, who is also Madisonville’s kicker, changed his offensive line position to center this season after coming up as a guard. He had no errant snaps or missed blocks in Friday’s win.

Urbantke also gave a shoutout to other members of his offensive line, including Konner Atkins, Tyrece Merchant, Q’Narius Butcher and Alejandro Angeles. The unit helped clear the way for a rushing clinic of nearly 400 yards for the Mustangs.

“(Roderick Holiday) is the one who benefited from all of those guys playing well up front,” said Urbantke. “(Holiday) is patient, he lets all of the blocks develop in front of him and he sees the field really well.”

Holiday was close to untouchable in Friday’s win. He rushed for 194 yards on 10 carries (19.4 yards per carry) and three touchdowns. He set the tone for the Mustangs with a long touchdown run on the first drive of each half, including a 61-yard sprint in the third quarter. None of his three touchdown runs went for less than 20 yards.

“It felt like when you are playing in the front yard with your friends,” said Holiday after the game. “That is how we felt tonight.”

Madisonville’s Ronnie Mosley also posted big numbers with 92 yards on nine carries (10.2 yards per carry) and a fourth quarter score. Juarez kept it himself nine time for 82 yards (9.1 yards per carry) and matched Holiday with three scores on the ground. Utility man Tyrese Brown also scored for the Mustangs.

After some troubles in the kicking game in week one, the Mustangs appeared to sharpen the process for Polanco. They did not settle for any field goals, but Polanco was seven-for-eight on extra points in the contest.

In the air, Juarez recorded three key passes on six attempts to lead his team downfield. Two of the completions were to Donovan Young and came via the exact same play call on back-to-back possessions. Each pass to Young would ultimately set up rushing touchdowns before the half.

His first completion came on a third-and-long in their first possession of the game. Juarez found Colby Sheppard for 16 yards on the play to set up Holiday’s first score. Juarez threw for just over 100 yards, 88 of which were credited to Young.

The explosive performance was a memorable way to mark the first victory of the Russell Urbantke era. The Madisonville players ensured this by covering the coach in Gatorade from the sideline cooler in timeless football tradition.

“This is a high that I have not had in a long time,” said Urbantke immediately following the victory. “It was unbelievable, but it is all about the kids. They did a tremendous job this week preparing for this game. We pretty much challenged them every day after last week’s outcome.”

The trend continues for the Mustangs this week as they prepare to host their first game of the new season. If you count preseason matchups, Madisonville has been on the road for four straight weeks to start the new season.

Week three will see the Caldwell Hornets (0-2) at MHS in search of their first win. The Hornets dropped a week one contest to Edna at home by a score of 29-16 and fell in Rockdale 44-36 on Friday.

“We need to get better and stay consistent,” said Urbantke on the week’s workload. “Yes, we scored 55 points on Friday, but there were several drives where we had to send the punt team out there. That means we did not execute on some things, but we need to keep getting better. We cannot get complacent, and that goes for every position.”

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