After a 2-0 start to District 8-4A play, the Mustangs have dropped back-to-back contests to Connally at home and Robinson on the road with two games remaining in the regular season.
The final matchups will include Salado at MHS for senior night on Friday as well as a road game in Lorena on Nov. 2. The Mustangs will have their scheduled bye on the last week of the season (Nov. 9).
“The sense of urgency, if you want to make the playoffs, is the same as last week,” said Madisonville head football coach Rusty Nail. “The attitude is beat Salado and get to three district wins. Everyone is pretty close and the last three weeks will be wild in this district.”
Following Friday’s action, Connally sits atop the standings with a 3-1 record and a head-to-head victory over second place Lorena (3-1). The lone loss for the Cadets came in their district opener against Salado. They also narrowly escaped Mexia by a score of 27-26 on Friday night.
Robinson’s home victory over Madisonville gives them a record of 2-1, currently good for third place in the standings. Fairfield and Salado each trail the fourth-place Mustangs by just half a game with 1-2 marks. Mexia remains winless in district play at 0-3.
Along with the Eagles at Mustangs, Mexia will host Robinson and Fairfield will host Connally on Friday night. Lorena is off this week and the Cadets will have their bye on Nov. 2.
Salado and Madisonville will kickoff at MHS at 7:30 p.m. on Friday night. District 8-4A has been extremely close throughout the season and every game remains critical from here on out for each team.
“Salado will be difficult as they have great size and are a tremendously physical football team,” said Nail. “(Coach Alan Haire) is a master of the Slot-T offense and makes game time adjustments as well as any. We will get their best shot as they are a must-win as well this week to stay in the playoff hunt.”