Mustangs look ahead to Caldwell


WOODVILLE — After an impressive road win at Woodville, the Mustangs are 2-0 and return home to continue their non-district schedule against Caldwell.

“Our effort was great in week 2,” said Madisonville head football coach Rusty Nail. “Outside of the opening drive of the second half our defense had some very good stops against an impressive Woodville offense. Offensively, we could’ve blocked better up front against their smaller and quicker athletes and we need to eliminate the holding penalties against our wide receivers.”

The Mustang defense has now recorded a shutout in week 1 as well as a four-turnover performance in week 2. This included two key stops on fourth-and-short and four straight stops in the final quarter to ensure another victory. Nail said he has no doubt that defensive coordinator Randall Cherry will ensure the unit’s continued intensity moving forward.

Madisonville showed promise in all three phases of the game against Woodville. Offensively, six Madisonville players carried the ball and three recorded receptions. Ben Phillips, Johnny Simpson and Kendall Moffett all found the end zone on the ground.

Nail stressed their need to be a more balanced offense moving forward. The Mustangs threw just 8 passes against Woodville and will have to have a stronger attack downfield in week 3.

Cornelius Merchant highlighted the night for special teams with an impressive kickoff return for a touchdown to give the Mustangs a lead right before the half. The kicking game for Madisonville was also extremely effective. Mauricio Aceves kicked off six times and made it very difficult for Woodville to establish solid field position. The Mustang kicker did the same in the punting game and was perfect on field goals and extra points.

The Mustangs will welcome another high-powered offensive test to Madisonville on Friday. The Caldwell Hornets did not play their scheduled opener due to weather, but took down Franklin 57-42 on the road in week 2.

“Dominique Chambers is as good of an athlete that we will see this year,” said Nail on his preparation for Caldwell. “They do a great job of moving him and their other skill players around and taking advantage of what the defense gives them. They are big and strong on both fronts and will be a tough test for us.”

Madisonville and Caldwell will kickoff week 3 at Mustang Stadium on Friday at 7:30 p.m.