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Football Scout – Scouting: Judson Rockets the Old Guard

Sunday, October 08, 2006
Some would argue that Judson’s glory days are behind them. But let’s not forget this is the same team that barley made the playoffs last year only to go on and play in the State Championship game. Judson is a team that can get hot and be as good as any team in the state; you just hope you don’t run into them when they hit another hot streak. Judson stated the year ice cold as they got beat by Leander; they bounced back by destroying an undersized Tivy team. The Rockets got their bye week in week three, and went into double OT only to loose to Churchill. They got their first district win as their defense heated up against the high flying MacArthur offence, and last week they went to 2-1 in district with a win over Roosevelt again behind stellar defensive play.

Judson Offence: The last couple of years Judson has not had the premier running back that they are famous for. Not having that phenomenal, score from anywhere on the field, type running back has not slowed down the Rocket scoring machine much lately. Right now Judson looks like they might be in the midst of a QB war, and that’s where their offence starts is at the QB position. Carl Boulden is the incumbent as he was the spark plug that drove Judson to play in the State final last year. He will more than likely get the start but Judson will not hesitate to bring in back up Austin Quinney if the offence stalls. Boulden is quicker of the two and has more big game experience. Quinney has the blood lines as his brother QBed the last Judson state title team. Judson will run the shotgun look a majority of the time but will also put the QB under center. At running back Judson will go with a committee of players lead by Jose Mendoza and Dominique Mallett. Both backs average about 6 yards per carry but neither possess the break away speed we have seen from Judson backfields. Judson’s biggest offensive weapon is at the wide receiver spot where they have a stand out in Dale Kindred. With 16 catches and 5 of those going for Touchdowns, Kindred has a nose for the end zone. Kindred also has a score on a reverse against Churchill. Judson will try to get the ball in his hands at least 7-10 times through out the game. While the offence has not been spectacular they have not been held under 10 points all year. Judson will try and eat up clock and have as many long drives as they can much like what we saw against Smithson Valley.

Judson Defense: Last week Reagan came into the game with a Defensive unit that had not allowed over 190 yards rushing in one game. We all know what happened last Friday, but this week Judson brings in an even more impressive number. The Rockets defense is giving up on average just 112 yards rushing per contest and as held its last two opponents to just 43 yards and 80 yards respectively. In Contrast Madison enters the contest with a District leading 339.5 yards rushing per game with a 532 last weekend. Judson tries to filter most of the running to their Linebackers and Isaiah Carter is one of the cities best. If there is one area where Judson has been hurt on defense it’s in the defensive back field. The Judson defense ranks last in 26-5A in pass defense giving up 165 yards per contest. But also in Contrast the Madison passing attack has picked up only 50 yards per game throwing the ball. To say something’s got to give is an understatement. The lack of pass defense is surprising given the fact that Judson possess one of the areas best CB in Randez James. The speedster has offers on the table from the likes of Arizona and Duke. Madison will again be challenged to get the rushing attack going and might have a chance to pad some numbers throwing the ball. How that translates into a win or a loss will be determined on Thursday.

Judson Special Teams: After two weeks of the Mavericks watching their opponents bring in D-I talent kickers, the Mavs get a bit of a break but not by much. Austin Quinney (just like his older brother) performs the kicking duties for the Rockets. Quinney has hit 4 FG this year and is 15 of 15 in PATs. He does not possess the leg to kick off out of the end zone but is very accurate and can place the ball wherever he wants. The coverage teams are decent and have some speed. The Kick returns are not spectacular but the rockets won’t hurt themselves either. Judson likes to play field position and likes to use the clock so look for them to try to pin Madison deep on punts. Madison has been burned by the onside kick in the last two games so don’t be surprised if Judson tries one or two during the game even at strange times during the game.

Judson Coaching and Extras: Coach Rackley has to be seen as one of the areas best coaches, as he has continued a tradition of greatness even after the splitting of his talent to Wagner. Judson will come into this game prepared and willing to fight to the end. They will play clean and basic football like they always have. Don’t let the lack of Big name talent fool you as Judson will play team ball and execute well. While Madison was not playing Saturday night, the game that ended with MacArthur winning will have a huge impact on the district 26-5A 4 playoff spots. MacArthur, by beating Churchill, has forced its way back into the playoff picture and any loss at this point will put Judson or Madison looking up at the rest of the contenders. Other Judson vs. Madison football games have held importance but this one might be the most important of all.

Players to Watch –
#2 – Sr. Dale Kindred WR
#3 – Sr. Randez James CB
#5 – Sr. Carl Bouldin QB
#12 – Jr. Austin Quinney QB
#24 – Jr. Dominique Mallett RB
#32 – Sr. Jose Mendoza RB
#38 – Sr. Isaiah Carter LB

Maverick Football Team Break Record As They Run Past Reagan!

People around the State will tell you their Football district is tough and the competition is fierce week in and week out. People will say that until you explain to them the make up 26-5A. Reagan who has never made the playoffs would probably be running away with most 5A districts around the state; came into the Friday night 26-5A thriller with their backs against the wall needing to knock off the Mavs to keep their playoff hopes alive. And while the Madison rushing attack overwhelmed the Rattlers, they gave the Mavs all they could handle.

It’s not a secret around San Antonio that Devin Thomas is emerging as another great back playing for Madison. It’s not a secret that Madison’s offensive line is one of the best units in the area’ but what happened Friday at Comalander made most people stop and stare as the jaw-dropping performance put on by the offence.

Each week this site features photos taken from different Madison contest, and each week Devin Thomas finds his way onto a feature photo somewhere on this site. This week, while the Express-news talks all about Devin, we wanted to showcase the unsung heroes. The offensive line of the Madison Mavericks. No one should be congratulated more for the posting of the 487 yards then Devin but with out the Line and their total domination of the Rattler front seven one starts to wonder if the Friday night game would have looked a lot different for the Mavs.

With numbers like 532 total yards all on the ground on 42 plays, and an average of just under 13 yards per carry, the offence has come into its own. With big games on the horizon the thought of the Madison’s massive line must have many defense coordinators up late at night.

The Mavs showed a lot of grit and determination as the Hard Charging Rattlers came storming back from a 35-14 deficit, that was started by a 53 yard FG by Reagan as time expired in the first half. Reagan would threaten several times to tie or take the lead but the overworked Madison defense held up under the pressure to preserve the victory.

Madison now enters the final stretch run and it looks to be the toughest stretch of games they have seen all year. Judson comes to Comalander on a short week of preparation on Thursday night. The Rockets have posted wins over Roosevelt and MacArthur and have on district loss to Churchill. This match up became extremely important after MacArthur beat Churchill on Saturday night as 26-5A just became even tighter. A Madison victory puts them in the driver seat for the top seed in Division I in the state playoffs. A loss and they will be fighting for their playoff lives the rest of the way.

Volleyball Has Rough Week But Is Still On Track

Two losses in a week might make some uncomfortable with the playoff chances for the lady Mavs Volleyball team; but when your up against the likes of Smithson Valley and Reagan the losses don’t hurt your chances that much. Wins would have been huge for any playoff chances for the Mavs but losses don’t hurt the Mavs in their hunt for that last playoff spot.

Madison has seen these teams before and knew this week would be an uphill fight. Tuesday would see Madison travel to Smithson Valley, and to say the Valley is a Hostile environment might be and understatement. The Fans at Smithson valley were anything but cordial to the Mavs. The Ruckus crowd was helped by playing in one of the nosiest designed gyms in South Texas. Overcoming the Rangers is hard enough but to do so on their court is almost next to imposable.

Madison would not be able to get themselves into any type of groove against the Rangers, and would leave Smithson Valley High School with a strait set loss. While the loss stings as The Rangers right now are sitting alone in 3rd place, Madison’s hopes for a playoff spot did not take a hit with the loss.

Friday night the Mavs had more than the number 2 team in the state going against them. With most of the girls thinking about Homecoming, the Mavs had the early match at Littleton against Reagan. In an all Reagan weekend for Madison sports the Maverick Volleyball team had the toughest task of all of the sports.

The Lady Mavs would get some needed experience against one the best teams in the state and would keep each match close, but again would loose in strait sets. Sr. Amber Wetz would lead the Mavs in kills against the rattlers with 12.

With just 4 district matches left this season each one holds some importance. With Judson on the schedule for Tuesday, Madison will need to beat the Rockets for any chance at making the playoffs. Judson holds a 4-7 district record but always plays tough. Friday Madison goes up against another 26-5A juggernaut in Churchill. The Chargers are the #3 team in the area and have already beaten the Mavs once this year.

Not wanting to look ahead but if things go as planed this week, then we all need to circle next Tuesday October 17th at 7:15pm. Madison will have a chance at redeeming an early season loss to MacArthur and pull into a tie for 4th place in the district. Littleton Gym will be packed with Mac and Mavs supporters for a match that will be played like a playoff match.

But let’s take it one match at a time and beat Judson.

Cross Country – Round Rock McNeil Meet Proves to be as Tough as Advertised.

Both Varsity Boys and Girls Cross Country Teams completed this last week at the Round Rock McNeil invitational, and the all-star field was a good measuring stick for the Mav runners. The Girls team placed 13th in the Girls Gold division. The boys team placed 16th lead by Jimmy Peterson’s top 50 finish.

This week Madison changes pace as they will be competing in the popular Central Catholic Cross Country Relay race. Unlike the traditional meets where each individual runs for an individual time and contributes to the team total; this meet is a Relay with team members each running one right after another. The meet is also held on Wednesday unlike most Saturday morning contest. This years course is at Mission Park.