The Madisonville Mustangs lost to the Bellville Brahmas 63-14 Friday night. The Mustangs said goodbye to seven seniors as they played their final home game. They didn’t want to say goodbye to Mustang Stadium with this loss, but football is football. Madisonville dropped to 2-7 on the year with the loss.
Penalty flags were a common occurrence Friday night as the Mustangs received eight penalty markers totaling 63 yards.
“Too many penalties on offense,” said Head Coach Rusty Nail after Friday’s loss. “Too many.”
The Mustangs offense accounted for 376 yards led by junior wide receiver Kendall Moffett who had four punt returns for a total of 155 yards. Quarterback Ben Phillips went five of 12 for 59 yards. Sophomore Aaron Nellums led the team in rushing with 48 yards while senior Gabriel Smith had seven carries for 28 yards.
Madisonville struggled on the defensive side of the ball giving up 547 total yards on the night.
“Bellville dominated the game physically,” Nail said. “We have to do better on that side of the ball.”
Senior Isaiah Berry led the Mustangs’ defense with 10 tackles while sophomore Marcus Dorman had eight solo tackles.
The Mustangs play their final game of the regular season on the road at Tarkington Friday. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
Freshmen and JV
Both junior varsity and freshmen faced off against Bellville last Thursday night. The JV lost 35-14. “
We have to bring more emotion,” said Coach Sheldon Moor after the loss. “We blocked poorly, but that is something we will work on this week in practice and hopefully be better at moving forward.”
The freshmen on the other hand cruised passed Bellville 36-0 improving their overall record to 8-1.
“Once again we had another strong start which set us up for a strong finish,” said Coach Brad Taylor. “We like the emotion and energy that the kids came out with from start to finish. We need to improve on finishing drives when we are in the red zone though.”
The freshmen can secure the district title with a win over Tarkington at home Thursday at 5 p.m.