Mustangs set for crucial Bellville showdown

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Madisonville easily won their second-straight game to start district play and recorded their second shutout of the season by a score of 58-0 over Royal on Friday.

The Mustangs have outscored district opponents Shepherd and Royal by a total score of 92-13 in 8 quarters of play.

“Our effort has been great,” said Madisonville head coach Rusty Nail. “The kids have played hard all year and have averaged over 40 points per game, so the production has been consistent. I thought our defense played their most complete game against Shepherd outside of the Teague opener.”

While the Mustangs did record the shutout on Friday, the Falcons did themselves no favors all night. The majority of the second half also featured an accelerated clock to help move the rout along. Marcus Dorman led the unit with 3 tackles, 2 sacks and 2 recovered fumbles against Royal. Zach Poe also recorded a sack and Johnny Simpson picked up another fumble.

Offensively, six Mustangs found the end zone on Friday. Dorman and Cornelius Merchant each scored twice while Uriel Willis, Gage Smith, Aaron Nellums and Tyrese Brown each added on. Smith led Madisonville with 59 rushing yards on the night.

All told, the Mustangs ran for 306 yards and 8 touchdowns.

Naturally, Madisonville will fall back to earth with a tough road matchup coming up. The Mustangs will travel to Bellville for their final road matchup of the season and it will likely determine who will finish the year on top of the District. The Brahmas won a similar game on the road in Tarkington this week as they took down the Longhorns 63-0. Both teams are a perfect 2-0 in District play.

“We know we’re talented enough to take down Bellville this week,” said Nail. “We need to play as physical as we have all season long if we wish to match their toughness on the road.”

Nail also said the team’s most complete game on the offensive side of the ball this season came at Rusk. If they can match that intensity along with what we saw against Shepherd on defense each Friday night, Nail believes his team could be playing for a long time after the regular season.

The Mustangs and Brahmas will go at it at 7:30 on Friday night in Bellville. The team will then return to Madisonville for their regular season finale against Tarkington on Nov. 10.

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