With a 2-2 record through the first month of the 2018 campaign, Madisonville will now look ahead to a slate of six district games in a new league that will present a whole new set of challenges for Rusty Nail’s squad.
“We continue to gain confidence and improve our play in all phases,” said Nail. “We have made big strides with the game experience and the quality of opponents we have played. In mid-August, I was thinking we might go 1-9 or 2-8, but if we play like we have these past two weeks we can contend in this district.”
The Mustangs will return to MHS on Friday for their district opener against Mexia. The Black Cats are also 2-2 to start the year with losses to C.H. Yoe and Malakoff and wins over Teague and Coldspring-Oakhurst.
“Mexia is similar to Navasota in that they have big playmakers and speed all over the field,” said Nail. “You can do everything right for a period of time and they can quickly make you pay for one breakdown, much like Navasota’s two scores last week. We need to continue to control the ball and stay strong on defense.”
After Mexia, the Mustangs will battle Fairfield, Connally, Robinson, Salado and Lorena to conclude the regular season. Madisonville’s bye is scheduled for Nov. 9, the last week of the season.
Lorena and Fairfield concluded non-district play with perfect 4-0 records. The Leopards took down China Spring, Franklin, Lampasas and Teague while the Eagles defeated Rusk, Brownsboro, Athens and Palestine. The Mustangs will face Fairfield on Oct. 5 and Lorena for the last game of the season on Nov. 2.
The Connally Cadets finished their non-district slate with a record of 3-1 with wins over Palestine, China Spring and Gatesville along with a loss to Glen Rose.
Madisonville and Mexia are two of four teams in the district who sit at 2-2. Salado picked up wins over Little River Academy and Travis but fell to Troy and Taylor. The Robinson Rockets have wins over Taylor and Whitney with losses to Gatesville and Troy.
Other district matchups besides Madisonville and Mexia include Fairfield at Lorena and Connally at Salado. Robinson is on bye.