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Seguin Matadors Scouting Report

Friday, June 30, 2006
Madison gets the pleasure of opening up the 2006 football season by playing in the Texas High School Football Classic at the Alamodome. Their opponent for this year’s contest is not a traditional powerhouse, but a team on the rise. The Seguin Matadors, fresh off their second straight playoff season, will battle the Mavericks on August 31, 2006. Five years ago Seguin was the region IV whipping stick, but this year’s team is probably one of the best they’ve had a long time and will compete for the district title in 25-5A

Matador Defense:
No question The strength of the Matador team is on the defensive side of the ball. The Mats run an attacking style defense, which is extremely hard to run on and equally impressive against the pass. The heart of the defense is linebacker Marcus Richardson, who will run the show for the gold and black. Richardson benefits from a defensive style that showcases linebackers. The defensive line plugs holes against the run and funnels the opposing running-backs into Richardson and Co. In 2005 Richardson recorded an incredible 137 tackles and has been named to the Texas High School Football Magazine preseason second-team defense at linebacker. While getting past the linebackers with the running game will be hard enough, the passing game will be just as tough as Seguin will showcase their 6-2 defensive back Desmond Jackson. The defensive coaches are not afraid to put Jackson on an island against the other team’s best wide receivers. And that is obvious, as Jackson recorded six INT’s in 2005. Jackson has also been recognized by the Texas High School Football Magazine as a third team defense selection at defensive back. The defensive line is led by Logan Johnson and his 13 ½ sacks from 2005.

Matador offense:
The matadors will be doing a lot of running in 2006, as they will return their top running back in Isaiah Snead. 2005 was a breakout year for Snead as he compiled 953 yards on the ground and 188 yards receiving, while collecting 13 touchdowns. Another one to watch on the offensive side of the ball is wide out Calvin Caad who has tremendous athletic ability. Caad is a deep ball threat and averaged 19 yards per reception and picked up six touchdowns in 2005. The matadors will be led by signal caller TJ Hartwick, but with limited experience under center Hartwick will probably hand off a lot to Snead and a full stable of running backs.

Matador special-teams:
The Seguin special-teams units may not be the best in the area overall, but with the always dangerous Desmond Jackson (DB) returning punts. There is always a chance of fireworks. Jackson returned three punts last year for touchdowns.

Matador Coach and extras:
Head coach Jim Carson returns, along with 20 Letterman and five starters on offense and six starters on defense. Last year’s team went seven and four overall and was 4-2 in district and made their second straight playoff appearance. The last meeting between Madison and Seguin was in 2004 in the first round of the playoffs. Madison came into that game without the services of starting quarterback Chris Calfisch or starting running back Tony Green. Madison escaped with a close victory at Judson Stadium to move on in the playoffs behind a gutsy defensive performance.

Volleyball Schedule Released: No Time to Relax in the new 9-team 26-5A.

Before you can Say Dig-Set-Spike the Madison Maverick Volleyball squad will be starting district play for 2006. The Volleyball Schedule looks to be a grueling test for the Mavs as just about every match will mean a lot for the playoff chase. The season starts on Aug 15 as the Maverick Volleyball team travels out to the hill country to play 4A powerhouse Boerne at 7:00pm. In past years the squad has had a chance to play a few matches and a tourney or two before starting up District play, but not anymore.

Just three days after starting the season, in Boerne, the Lady Mavs will travel to the brand new Wagner Gym to take on the Thunderbirds and start district play. The new 9-team district 26-5A causes teams to have a strange non-district schedule and an extra week of home-and-home match ups in district play. All of this pushes the start of district up two weeks from previous years giving the Mavs only 1 match before the always important district play begins.

Madison plays their first Home game of the season on Aug 22 at 7:15pm at Littleton Gym against Lee High School. The Mavs will look at getting some matches under their belts as they will be in Tournament play on Fri the 25th and Sat the 26th, and again the following weekend Sept 1st and 2nd. Sandwiched between the Tournaments is a District match-up against Smithson Valley on Aug 29th.

Other notable games on the schedule start with the Sept 8th match up with district foe Judson in a match that will be played on the James Madison Campus in the large gym at 7:30pm. Madison catches a break in the District schedule, but will have no time to relax on Sept 22nd when they host the always formidable Incarnate Word HS at Littleton. Madison travels up Bulverde road to Smithson Valley on Oct 3rd and Madison will end their regular season with a non-district game against Marshall High School at Paul Taylor Gym on Oct 24th.

Go Mavs!

Freshmen Girls Volleyball/Basketball Summer Camp set for July 31 - Aug 3.

Sunday, June 25, 2006
7/23/2006 – Incoming 9th grade girls interested in Madison Volleyball or Basketball are encouraged to attend the summer camp to be held July 31 through August 3. The Morning session each day will be for girls interested in Madison Basketball and will start promptly at 8:00am and last till 11:30am. There will be a break and the Volleyball Camp will start at 1:00pm and last till 4:30pm. Each Session cost $40.00 and girls interested in both basketball and volleyball can attend both sessions for $80.00.

This camp is a great opportunity for girls to practice and gain experience in the High School setting and get a jump start on the upcoming season. All of the proceeds go directly to the Girls Volleyball and Basketball programs for equipment and supplies.

Girls should bring Shorts, T-shirt and they should make sure to wear court shoes. Each attendee should also bring a water bottle and a towel, if attending the volleyball session girls should bring knee pads too.


James Madison Mavericks Volleyball Team First Practice Scheduled For August 7th

7/23/2006 - Before most students even start to think about the end of their summer vacation, the Madison Volleyball team is issuing equipment and digging spikes. The Mavs 2006 Volleyball team will start practicing on August 7th and will scrimmage as early as August 11, 2006. This years team will be lead on the court by Senior Amber Wetz, who was a 2005 district 26-5A second team selection. With several District opponents doing some major rebuilding jobs this year, the Mavs should have a good chance of working their way into the mix of the playoff picture.

Mark Your Calendars Thursday August 24, 2006 is MEET THE MAVS!

7/23/2006 - With the school year just starting, Volleyball well underway and several sports just about to kick off their season, the Annual “MEET THE MAVS!” is slated for August 24, 2006. The Thursday event is a time for everyone in the Maverick community to come out and be introduced to some old faces and some new faces. All of the sports will be represented and everyone should plan to attend.

As the event date gets closer check back here for more information and Times.

Get a Sneak Peek at the 2006 Madison Mavericks on August 25, 2006

7/23/2006 – Come out and get your first look at the 2006 version of the Madison Mavericks as they play a three-way scrimmage against Warren and Tivy on August 25, 2006. The scrimmage will be played at Gustafson Stadium at Loop 410 and Culebra. Gustafson has had it second face lift in as many years this summer as the old press box has been replaced with a new triple deck press box. Last summer Gus got a new playing surface, as Northside ISD tries to keep the old stadium up to date.

Madison will be looking to fill some holes left by the Seniors of 2006 and this scrimmage will be a great opportunity for Maverick Fans to come out and see the new additions to both sides of the ball.

The scrimmage is set for a 7:00pm start and there is no charge to attend. Just a few reminders: scrimmages do not count for or against a teams overall record, and there will not be any scores recorded. When the Mavs have the ball the coaches will be on the field behind the backfield. Scrimmages are used to get a good evaluation of players in live action before the season begins.

James Madison Maverick Football Schedule Released

7/23/2006 – Some news outlets call it the toughest district in Region IV, while others go as far as to say it’s the toughest district in the State, either way Maverick fans know you don’t get any weeks off when you play in “The 265.” Over the past several years few teams have had the success the Madison Mavericks have had, but nothing has ever come easy when you play teams like Smithson Valley, Judson and Churchill every year. This years schedule may be one of the Mavs toughest in recent history.

The season will kick off with a three-way scrimmage on August 25 at the new look Gustafson Stadium, against Warren and Tivy. Madison will be trying to fill some big shoes and this Scrimmage will give everyone a look at the 2006 Mavs and what they will bring to the table.

The Mavs will kick off the regular season on Thursday August 31 at the Texas Football Classic at the Alamodome. Just a few years ago having Seguin on your schedule would have meant resting starters and the possibility of a blow out, but not anymore. The Matadors have reached the playoffs the last two years and over that span amass a 15-7 record. The 2006 Seguin High School team might be the best squad they have had on I-10 East of San Antonio in a long time.

In the Mavericks second game they ride the busses again this time to Farris stadium to take on District 28-5A defending champs O’Connor. O’Connor will feature QB/TB TJ Horny and will also bring a big time defense unit to the field.

With the New 9 team 26-5A the Mavericks will open district play in just their third game of the year; they will also be traveling by bus again to be hosted this time by the first year squad from the New Wagner High School. Judson ISD newest high school will come into the year with big expectations and the Thunderbirds will be fired up to start their first ever 26-5A campaign.

The next Friday will be Madison’s first game at Comalander stadium as they take on Lee high school on September 22, 2006. Lee will bring to the table one of the best kept secrets in Region IV in RB Travis Lewis. Lewis opened a lot of eyes at the Army All-American combine when he posted a 4.34 second 40 time.

Madison will only get five days of rest before they host district rival and defending 26-5A champ Smithson Valley. The Mavs will be looking for revenge against the team that knocked them out of the playoffs in 2005.

October 6, 2006 will bring the homecoming festivities to Madison High School. The Mavs will have a hard test in front of the Alumni as they host the Reagan Rattlers. Reagan will bring top Junior RB Marcus Wright to try and spoil the party.

The scheduling Gods again don’t give the Mavs much of a break as they will only have five days to prepare for the Rivalry game against the Judson Rockets. Judson almost missed the playoffs last year then turned around and ran their way all the way to the state finals before being beaten by eventual champs Euless Trinity. This year the Rockets will have to again try and overcome the large exodus of students to the new High School (Wagner).

Madison plays on Saturday the rest of the season as they hit the home stretch against Churchill on Oct 21. Churchill hopes to get a full year out of Nick Fanuzzi their highly sought after QB that has been sidelined with injuries during the last two seasons.

October 28 brings the always popular “M and M” bowl as MacArthur and the Mavs lock horns in what could be an important game for both teams. Mac will also sport a Big time QB in Kevin Schmid who had the highest QB rating in 2005 when he got hurt against Smithson Valley and sat out the rest of the year.

Madison closes out the 2006 regular season on Saturday Nov 4 against the always athletic Roosevelt squad. The Roose will be under first year head coach Neal LaHue and will be one of the quickest teams Madison will face all year.

Madison actually ends their regular season a week earlier than most teams as they have a Bye week the last week of the year. This will be a great advantage if the Mavs are playoff bound to get healthy and rest up, and will give them an opportunity to go and see their first round opponent from district 25-5A as well. With the UIL stretching the playoff system to 4 teams from every district at the 5A level this year all of the games in district play will be important. And with the added team their will be a majority of teams still fighting for a playoff spot late into October.

The schedule is tough but it seems like every year Coach Streety puts out a quality team that has the potential to go deep into the playoffs.

Go Mavs!

Mavs slated to open season against Seguin Mats in Dome Classic.

7/23/2006 – The Madison Mavericks Football team will kick off the season Thursday August 31, 2006 as they are matched up against region IV Rival Seguin in the first game of the 2006 Texas football Classic at the Alamodome. This will be the second trip to the always exciting, three day football event for the Mavs. The Mavericks made an appearance in the Classic back in 2001 and dominated Corpus Christi Carroll 59-20. Maverick standout DB/WR Anthony Arline (Baylor) used the main stage to have a break out game with an Interception and a punt return for a TD.

The Classic traditionally takes strong programs from around the state and rewards them by giving them the opportunity to shine while playing in a great venue in a wonderful atmosphere. By having the Mavs slated for Thursday night all of Region IV along with 26-5A will get an early glimpse at the 2006 version of the Madison Mavericks.

Tickets can be purchased through ticketmaster, ticketmaster.com and at Madison High School. Tickets are $8 / $12 and your ticket will get you into all five of the games over the three days. Maverick fans should make note that 26-5A rival Smithson Valley will be playing in the Saturday noon contest against the Woodlands.

Go Mavs!