Madisonville defensive coordinator Randall Cherry stood drenched amongst a pile of ice cubes while he watched his unit maintain a stunning shutout over the Teague Lions.
“All we do as coaches is try and bring out what’s already there,” said Cherry. “Now we all saw that there’s greatness inside of them and that’s what we always preach at practice. They just have to want it.”
The shutout performance came against one of the most effective ground games in the state of Texas last season. The Mustangs never held a team under double digits in 2016.
Madisonville recorded three momentum-shifting plays on offense in the opening quarter, all of which were called back due to penalties. This included an impressive 90-yard touchdown run by Kendell Moffett.
Early on, it seemed that every productive Madisonville play was matched with yellow. A missed field goal opportunity kept the game scoreless in the first quarter.
The Mustang offense didn’t give up and neither did Moffett. The senior would find pay dirt three times and was responsible for every Mustang touchdown.
“We just listened to the coaches and never got frustrated,” said Moffett. “We knew there would be more opportunities to prove ourselves.”
The Lions had a chance to get back into the game on their first drive of the second half, trailing 10-0. They drove the ball all the way to the Mustang 10 yard line before they stalled and turned it over on downs. Madisonville also recorded an interception courtesy of Johnny Simpson, recovered two fumbles as well as their own kickoff late in the fourth.
Chris Scott, Brandon Larson, Zack Poe and the Madisonville defense made their presence felt up front all night long and never allowed the Lions to get into a rhythm. The offense often reaped the benefits of fantastic field position and tallied 24 points, more than enough to ensure a week one victory.
“This is a resilient team,” said Cherry. “Coach (Rusty) Nail always teaches focus and not allowing the negative things to overcome the success that we know we can have and that’s exactly what happened tonight.”
Madisonville will get back to their normal non-district schedule next Friday in Woodville. The Mustangs and the Eagles will kickoff week two at Eagle Stadium in Woodville at 7:30 p.m.
Check back tomorrow for photos from tonight’s Mustang win as well as official statistics.