Penalties plague Mad-Ville offense

Posted 9/17/19

The Madisonville offense reverted back to some of the same mistakes that hurt them in their season opener at Bellville when the team returned home for a week three matchup against the Caldwell Hornets on Friday.

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Penalties plague Mad-Ville offense

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The Madisonville offense reverted back to some of the same mistakes that hurt them in their season opener at Bellville when the team returned home for a week three matchup against the Caldwell Hornets on Friday.

The Mustangs managed just one score in the 12-6 loss, bringing their non-district record to 1-2 on the young season.

“After reviewing the film, it all goes back to the penalties,” said head coach Russell Urbantke. “We have to eliminate the false starts and holdings on the offensive side of the ball. We have to get more consistent and fix those mistakes. Without those errors, our chances of winning that ball game are way better.”

On top of multiple penalties that spoiled potential drives for quarterback Armando Juarez and the offense, the Mustangs missed a pair of field goals and could not finish the drives in which they were able to find momentum.

One of the best chances of the first half came after a 42-yard pickup by Tyrese Brown to put the Mustangs in the red zone. They would ultimately have to settle for a long Juan Polanco field goal attempt after an errant snapped moved them back out of the red zone.

“It is a simple concept, you have to keep the football between the chains,” said Urbantke. “You cannot be a very good football team in those long distance situations. There are not a lot of play calls for a second-and-27.”

Juarez was able to complete 15-of-21 passes in the loss for a total of 172 yards through the air. A large portion of those yards came early in the second half when he connected with Jonathan Boone for a 53-yard touchdown catch and run.

Juarez spread the ball around and completed passes to seven different Mustangs. Colby Sheppard hauled in the most passes with four and was second to Boone in receiving yards with 43.

“His leadership on the field is very evident,” said Urbantke on Juarez. “He is making the right reads and has progressed every week in the running and passing game. He has done everything that we have asked him to do.”

Juarez also had a well-placed pass in the end zone dropped in the third quarter, but the play would have been negated due to a penalty regardless.

All told, Madisonville’s offense combined for 292 yards. This included 114 rushing yards from Roderick Holiday (60), Brown (50) and Juarez (four).

Madisonville kicker Juan Polanco would miss a pair of field goals and an extra point on Friday after making all but one of eight extra points against Woodville in week two.

“I think (Polanco) is really hard on himself, so it is just about pumping him up with confidence,” said Urbantke. “It is about more reps and more confidence. This week, we have been preaching discipline and consistency.”

The Mustangs will look to seal up the penalties on the offensive side of the ball with a Homecoming matchup against Navasota on Friday. The Rattlers come in at 0-3 with losses to Episcopal (28-3), Sealy (29-0) and Rudder (41-24).

“The biggest challenge is that they have size up front,” said Urbantke. “They run multiple defensive fronts. They will come out with a three-man front, then slide down to a four-man, so it is going to be a challenge for us to recognize that. We are going to work heavily on that this week.”

Madisonville will kickoff against the Navasota Rattlers at MHS at 7:30 p.m. on Friday night. Fans are encouraged to arrive earlier, around 7 p.m., to participate in the Homecoming festivities before the game.

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