MADISONVILLE-- In a back-and-forth battle, the Madisonville Mustangs overcame Crockett 35-28 to win their homecoming game on Friday, Sept. 19.
With the score tied 28-28, the Mustangs scored a touchdown and extra point with 1:35 left and then put the game in the hands of its defense to hold off the Dogs.
The Mustangs scored first, turning a miscue into a touchdown when R'kelian Wiley picked up a fumble by a teammate Charkeith Wiley and scooted 81 yards to the end zone. The PAT by Michael Alvarado was good for a 7-0 lead with 6:42 in the opening frame.
Crockett answered right back with a 13-play, 62-yard scoring drive. JaMarcus Moten scored on a 1-yard plunge to cut the lead to 7-6 with 39 seconds to go in the first period.
The extra-point kick attempt was blocked and picked up by a Mustang who returned it past midfield before being chased down by Bulldog Rasheed Epps.
After forcing the Mustangs to punt, the Bulldogs took over and marched 84 yards down the field with a 12-play drive that consumed more than five minutes of the second quarter. Mixing runs and passes, quarterback Case Robinson capped the drive on an 18-yard strike to Lucky Daniels.
A two-point conversion run fell short, leaving the Bulldogs ahead 12-7 with 5:27 before halftime.
Madisonville nudged back in front before halftime when Charkeith Wiley delivered on a 17-yard touchdown scamper. Alvarado's kick gave the Mustangs a 14-12 lead with 2:26 left in he second quarter.
The Mustangs had a chance to extend their lead after picking off a Crockett pass and returning it to the Bulldog 28. Madisonville had a first down at the Bulldog 14, but the half ended with a big quarterback sack by the Crockett defense.
After receiving the second half kickoff, the Bulldogs were on the move with Robinson and Daniels connecting on a 43-yard strike to the Mustang 36. But Madisonville intercepted on the next play and ran it back to Crockett's 15 yard line.
The Mustangs reached the six yard line, but the Bulldogs were able to dodge a bullet with a defensive stand on fourth-and-one.
Taking over at their own 8 yard line, the Bulldogs needed just one play to reach the end zone. Robinson tossed the ball to AJ Phillips, who dance his way 92 yards up the middle for a fast touchdown. A two-point conversion play failed, holding the Bulldogs' lead to 18-14 with 8:04 in the third quarter.
The Mustangs returned the kickoff back to the Bulldog 49. Charkeith Wiley broke a 46-yard run to the 3 yard line and scored on the following play to put Madisonville in front 20-18 with 7:22 left. The conversion play was no good.
Crockett put together another methodical march down the field that consumed the remaining third quarter and carried over into the fourth. Moten capped the drive on a 3-yard blast and Robinson found Rasheed Epps in the end zone for a two-point conversion that put the Dogs ahead 26-20 with 11:21 left in the game.
The Bulldogs took a 28-20 lead with 9:46 left when the Mustangs gave up a safety on a bad punt snap that went out the back of the end zone.
The Mustangs got a break when an errant punt snap by Crockett gave them the back at the Bulldog 33.
Madisonville cashed in on the opportunity when Charkeith Wiley scored from five yards out. Tyji Whaley ran the two-point conversion to knot the score at 28-all with 5:10 left.
After forcing a Crockett punt, the Mustangs took the lead on an 18-yard touchdown run by C. Wiley and tacked on the extra point to make it 35-28 with 1:35 left.
The Mustangs picked off a Crockett pass at the Bulldog 36 with 1:18 left and ran out the clock to seal their homecoming victory.
The Bulldogs, 1-3 for the year, have an open date this week and return to action Friday, Oct. 3 when they host Shepherd for their final non-district matchup and homecoming game.