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Scouting: Lee’s Three Headed Monster

Sunday, September 17, 2006
A few years ago and the Lee game was considered a bye week. Over the winter Lee was actually relegate to 4A before the NEISD stepped in a striated out some numbers for the UIL. 2006 has shown that Lee is here and ready to play 26-5A ball. This Lee team is not deep but has stayed healthy this season and brings to the table a D-I Running Back, a fast and smart QB and a one of the tallest, sure handed WR in the area. Lee lost their district opener to Roosevelt last week and even though it’s early the Vols will have their back to the wall as any team that starts 0-2 in this district can start looking to next year.

Vols Offence: After years of no size and no speed the Lee volunteers now have their triplets. Leading the way is the explosive and extremely fast running back Travis Lewis. Lewis who broke on the scene at last years Army All-American Bowl Combine where he ran the fastest 40 for a running back. What is even more exciting about Lewis is his size; at just over 6’2” and is hard to bring down. The Maverick Defense who has been stellar this year will have their hands full in this contest for when Lewis does not have the ball Junior QB Jerome Tiller runs the show. Lee likes to run the QB in the red zone when opponents are keying in on Lewis. Tiller has a nice arm and brings a district 26-5A best Qb rating of 135.09 to the contest. Tiller has not been picked off this year and has thrown 5 TDs. If that’s not enough to worry about Lee also has a big time WR in Molcolm Lindsey. While Lindsey was held in check against Roosevelt last week he averages 24 yards per reception and has 2 TD on the year. The rest of the offence is good and the line is large but a bit slow. Lee will hand the ball off to Lewis at least 25 times during the contest and will try to ride their three horses to victory.

Vols Defense: When you have a team with little depth you end up forcing your players to play both ways and Lee does that with several linemen and backs. The Vols keep their size and talent on the field as long as they can but if they get into a dog fight like they did last week they run into a fatigue problem. The defense has some size but is not a quick as other defenses the Mavs have seen. The Mavericks will be the first team that Lee has faced that brings multiple athletes to the offensive side of the ball and will be the biggest O-line Lee has seen also. The D-backs for the Vols have picked off three passes all against Highlands and returned one for a TD.

Vols Special Teams: The Vols have not been tested this year with an explosive return team but they seem to have good coverage on punts and kick returns. Lee’s punter is averaging 39 yards on punts and Lee has several place kickers all of whom are perfect on PATs and have not tried any FGs.

Vols Coaching and Extras: Head Coach Ramos is one of the best young coaches in the area and has always gotten the most out of what little talent he has. He has built the program up from being the door mat of 26-5A to a team that will give teams fits and could make a run as a contender for a playoff spot. Last year Madison played Lee in the rain and it was RB Lewis’s first game of the season coming off an injury. Lewis had a big game and gave Madison all they could handle before Madison pulled out the victory.

Go Mavs!

Madison Overcomes T-Birds and Penalties to Stay Undefeated

It was not just a stiff North to South wind that was flying through the Judson ISD stadium Friday night. The Mavs got flying around but not until the yellow hankies stopped. Madison a decisive favorite in the District 26-5A opener against the first year of Varsity Wagner Thunderbirds, would use this game as somewhat of a scrimmage. The Mavs would run in different squads of linemen and combinations of backs all game, giving some of the younger guys a chance to line up against the Wagner first teamers gaining some much needed experience.

By alternating different sets of linemen and backs the Mavs opened themselves up to some early and costly mistakes. Madison feature Back Devin Thomas carried the ball officially 17 times and picked up 177 yards and 3 TDs in the contest, but what you wont see in the box score is the two amazing TD runs called back due to penalties. Add in just those two runs and Thomas would have finished with 300+ yards and 5 TDs.

The way the game started was almost a foreshadowing of how the rest of the night would go. Wagner would try to pooch kick off twice with both attempts going out of bounds with the stiff wind blowing at the T-Birds backs. After the penalties and on the third attempt the T-Birds made a mistake of another kind. They kicked deep. Madison has made a living out of special team run backs for TDs and most teams in the area have learned their lesson. Names like Arline, Guiterez, G. Green, T. Green, Caflisch, and Guy have all punished special teams coaches in the area for years. You can now add the name Josh Miles. Miles recovered the kick around the 12 yard line faked the reverse to fellow speedster WR Chris Powell and raced up the T-Birds sideline for the early score.

Madison would go a full quarter before scoring again and not after a scarry moment late in the first quarter when T-Birds DB J. Hickman-Darrington suffered a leg injury that stoped the game for over 30 minutes while Wagner and Madison Trainers attended to the injured player before calling in the parametics to stabilze the young man and take him to a local hospital. The Madison Booster Club and jamesmadisonsports.com send out our thoughts and prayers to this young man and his family.

Penalties would kill several drives for Madison in the first quarter and the defense was giving up some nice size chunks of yardage to the T-Birds feature back Malcolm Cooper before Madison would settle down and start playing like the Mavs we are accustomed too. The Second half would be dominated by Madison, with the T-Birds punter getting quite a work out. Cooper would rack up 166 yards in the contest against a Maverick defense that had only given up 100 yards total combined in the first two games.

As time expired Madison would walk away with a sloppy 35-3 drumming of Wagner welcoming the new neighbor to 26-5A play. Madison gained some valuable experience for some younger players in the contest and that should go along way later in the season. Madison keeps it’s record unblemished going to 3-0 and 1-0 in district 26-5A. Madison defense continues to impress as they have given up just one TD on the year and are currently one of the top units in the area. With a scoring machine and talented Lee squad on the horizon the Mavs have their work cut out for them.

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Volleyball Looking to Bounce Back

Madison Volleyball will be trying to put this past week behind them and will be looking to bounce back against Roosevelt as they close out the first half of the district season. Last week the task was daunting as the Mavs had district foe and Playoff mainstay Churchill on the schedule on Tuesday and MacArthur on Friday.

Over at Churchill gone are names like Dabbs, Banse and Harris and some people felt this would be a rebuilding year for the Chargers; On Tuesday Churchill showed they are already back. Churchill wasted no time with the Mavs on Tuesday and dropped our lady Mavericks into the tangle for the 4th and final playoff spot.

With Reagan, Smithson Valley and Churchill separating them-selves from the rest of the 26-5A field, the Madison vs. MacArthur match on Friday held all types of playoff implications for fourth and final playoff spot. The Mavs would jump out to a 2-0 lead in the match behind Sr. Amber Wetz but would not be able to hold on and would lose the best of 5 match 3-2 in a heart breaker.

With Losses to Smithson Valley, Reagan, Churchill and MacArthur in the first half of the district schedule Madison has no room for error going into the second half. Madison will need to stay perfect against the teams they beat on the front side and will have to find a way to pick up at least one victory over one of the top 4 teams. As for now the MacArthur match on Oct 17th looks to be large for the Mavs and their playoff hopes. Another big match will be the Judson match at Judson on the 10th of October as well.

Before we jump onto the second half of the district track Madison must not overlook Roosevelt on Tuesday night at Littleton. Roosevelt comes limping into the Match with a 4-12 and 0-6 record; Coach Little will have the Mavs focused to bounce back. On Friday the Mavs get a quick break from district 26-5A as they play the 12-10 IWHS Shamrocks at Littleton before starting the second half.

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Big Field in Seguin, Makes Way for UTSA Meet

Next weeks UTSA Cross Country Meet is usually listed as the biggest meet of the regular season in Cross Country. If that is true the Seguin Invitational is not far behind. With 30 varsity girls teams and over 200 runners, and 32 varsity boys teams and well over 330 runners, Seguin is one massive meet.

The Girls were off at 8:30am on Saturday morning and the Mavs had some tough competition from some of their district 26-5A rivals and a few of the best in Region IV. Madison would finish a respectable 15th place in the tought field.

The Varsity boys would step up next and Jimmy Peterson would lead the Mavs to a nice 17th place finish, as both Girls an boys teams get ready for next weeks UTSA Meet.

The UTSA Meet has been moved from the UTSA campus to Brooks City Base golf course do to construction at UTSA. This course will also be used later this year at the Region IV meet.

UTSA Meet Information

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Tennis Teams have busy week ahead

This week the Varsity and JV Tennis squads will be working hard in some important matches. The Varsity will be in action Wednesday at 3:30pm vs Judson at the NEISD Tennis center. Varsity will again be out at the new NEISD tennis center on Friday at 3:30pm to take on rival MacArthur.

JV will be taking the courts on Tuesday vs. Roosevelt and again on Thursday vs. Lee. Come out and watch the tennis teams in action all week this week.

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Booster Club Meeting and Pot Luck Moved

This weeks Booster Club Meeting and Pot Luck diner for the JV football Team has been moved from Monday to Tuesday at the Madison High School cafeteria. The Booster Club meeting will start at 6:30pm and the pot luck starts at 7:00pm.

The booster Club has also signed on with MoMacks on Jones-Matlzburger for a after football game fundraiser. Anyone eating at MoMacks after a Madison Football game and presents a Madison football game ticket will help the booster Club raise money. For each football game ticket presented with a meal purchase, MoMacks will donate $.50 to the Booster Club. Come out and enjoy some great food and help raise money for the Mavs.