The conclusion of week seven means most teams are halfway through district play and District 8 in Region II is proving to be one of the most well-rounded leagues in all of 4A.
Madisonville’s loss to Connally on Friday put them in a three-way tie for first place in the district with Connally and Lorena, who are also 2-1. Lorena handed Robinson their first loss to put them at 1-1 along with Salado, who enjoyed a bye in week seven. After an 0-2 start, Fairfield picked up their first district win on Friday and gave Mexia an 0-2 start.
“Every game from here on out is a one game season,” said Madisonville head football coach Rusty Nail. “A win this week puts us in a much better position to qualify for the postseason without having to depend on outside results. We need to take care of our business, and that is all our focus should be on.”
The Mustangs will try and keep their name in the upper half of those standings when they look to rebound in Robinson on Friday. The Rockets are 3-3 overall and have split district matchups with a 27-7 win over Salado on Oct. 5 and a 42-28 loss at Lorena on Friday night.
“We need to play better defensively,” said Nail. “Outside of fundamentals, blocking and tackling is about wanting it. If we tackle and take care of the ball offensively, we have a good chance. If we play poorly they are very capable of beating us at their place.”
The matchup between Madisonville and Robinson will take place at Rocket Field in Robinson at 7:30 p.m. on Friday night.
Elsewhere in district, Mexia will travel to Connally and Salado will host Lorena. After Robinson, the Mustangs will host Salado for Senior Night and conclude the regular season with a road game at Lorena. They will have their bye week on the final Friday of the season before postseason play begins.