Mustangs losses are mis-leading

Madisonville has faced toughest pre-district slate

Dontae Crist was the district’s leading rusher last season, but has been slowed by injuries in 2013 and was held to 48 yards on just 12 carries last week against Navasota. 
Becky Holland/MadisonvilleMeteor Dontae Crist was the district’s leading rusher last season, but has been slowed by injuries in 2013 and was held to 48 yards on just 12 carries last week against Navasota. Becky Holland/MadisonvilleMeteor A quick glance at Madisonville’s current record is a comprehensive study in strength of schedule.

The 4-3 Mustangs have suffered losses to Lorena, Fairfield and Navasota sandwiched around a three-game winning streak.

Lorena is a perennial playoff team, unbeaten Fairfield stopped Navasota’s 20-game winning streak and Navasota is, well, Navasota.

In dispatching Madisonville 49- 0 last week in the District 18-3A opener, the No. 10 Rattlers held the Mustangs to just 37 passing yards and 123 total yards. Madisonville did not get past the defending state champions 30-yard line all evening.

For the first time this season, Madisonville did not have a 100 yards on the ground. Dontae Crist, the district’s leading rusher, was held to 34 yards on 11 carries and 15 of that total came on one run.

The 6-foot-1, 225-pound Crist has an injured ankle and was held out in their 56-7 victory over Huntington two weeks ago.

The blanking Friday stopped a three-game winning streak in which the Mustangs were averaging 37 points an outing.

“They are a lot better team than they have been the last couple of years,” said Rockdale Coach Jeff Miller, who is 4-3 against the Mustangs. “ There three losses are to three top teams. They’re no slouches.

“They are the closest to us in weight and size than anyone we will face this year.”

The Tigers have taken four of the last five against Madisonville, including a convincing 45-13 victory last season at Tigerland Field in which the Tigers accumulated nearly 500 yards of offense.

Crist churned out 88 yards on 28 carries, but 39 of that total came on his very first try from scrimmage.

In a league full of talented runners, Crist ran past the competition for over 1,330 yards and 14 scores in 2012.

Despite Crist’s efforts, the Mustangs missed the playoffs last season and despite a sturdy defense that allowed just 216 yards per game and picked off 18 aerials.

That stinginess could not make up for an offense that coughed up the ball an alarming 30 times on the season and posted just 62 points in district play.

The reason for the slipperiness could stem from the fact that Madisonville employed three different quarterbacks last season, two of them sophomores.

There’s another sophomore under center again in 2013 in Jailyn Smith.

The Mustangs are still having trouble holding on to the football and have already lost 12 of 19 fumbles on the year.

Madisonville is second to Navasota in total defense, allowing only 207 yards per game. They did allow Navasota to pick up 418 yards, including 353 and five touchdown through the air for sophomore quarterback Shelton Eppler.

And should you be curious, there is still a Whaley on the Madisonville roster—two as a matter of fact—senior Damien and junior Tyji lead the defense at linebackers.

The 6-foot-1, 230-pound Whaley has already made 83 stops and six sacks this season, including 14 last week in the loss to Navasota.


• Senior lineman Dedrick Page has been declared out for the season with a knee injury after sitting out the past four weeks. Junior running back Dailynn Ramey (knee) suited out but did not see any action.

• Senior linebacker James Castilleja led the Tiger in tackles with 11, followed by Austin Caffey’s 10. Senior defensive back Ladontice Coates leads the team on the season with 51 stops ahead of Austin Caffey and James David with 49 each.

• Coates leads District 18-3A in kickoff returns, averaging 26 yards per return.

•Tyler Prazak recorded another sack to give him a team-high seven on the season.

• According to MaxPreps, Pearce Loth is the leading receiver in yardage in the state in Class 3A with 38 catches for 684 yards and six touchdowns. His 140 yards Friday ranks in the top 10 in RHS history. The junior had 185 yards versus Burnet earlier this year.

• With 1,746 yards, Clayton Gibbs is ranked third in the state in passing yards.

• With 25 catches this season, Austin Caffey needs just five more grabs to become the first Tiger in history to reach 100 receptions.

• Adolfo Chavira was 7-for-7 on extra points and has now converted 15 in a row and 24-of-25.

• Rockdale trails just Navasota in offense in the district, 442 to 436 yards per game. Navasota also leads the district on defense (207).

• The Tigers are converting


39 percent of their third down attempts and 44 percent on fourth down.

• Cameron had its 21-game winning streak snapped by District 13-2A foe Lago Vista, 27-20, giving the Vikings their first league win. Lago Vista had defeated No. 9 Refugio earlier in the season. Things don’t get any easier for Yoe, they take on McGregor Friday. Cameron dropped from No. 1 to No. 8 in this week’s poll.

• If there’s a team out there that thinks its having problems, consider Como-Pickton’s plight. Not only are the Eagles 0-6 on the season, they have yet to score in the 2013 season. They have allowed 379 points. Como-Pickton, 1-9 last season, lost to Alba-Golden 53-0 Friday.

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