Madisonville football opens camp

Posted 8/4/20

The Madisonville football team opened their fall camp on schedule at MHS Monday with their first home scrimmage against Cameron slated for Aug. 20. The team was originally scheduled to travel to Palestine for a scrimmage Aug. 14, but the matchup was canceled due to COVID-19.

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Madisonville football opens camp

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The Madisonville football team opened their fall camp on schedule at MHS Monday with their first home scrimmage against Cameron slated for Aug. 20. The team was originally scheduled to travel to Palestine for a scrimmage Aug. 14, but the matchup was canceled due to COVID-19.

“(Camp) is going to be ever more important this year, because of the months off that we had at the end of last school year,” said head coach Russell Urbantke, who will officially begin his second season at the helm of the Mustangs in Diboll Aug. 28. “We were not able to get into much football activity at all before we were let out of school (in March). We did not get any seven-on-seven in this summer, either, so the fall camp is going to be as critical as anything.”

Beginning in June, and continuing in July after a hiatus, Madisonville athletes have been able to work out at the high school in part during the week as long as they followed a strict set of stipulations laid out by the University Interscholastic League (UIL) as well as district officials.

“One of the big things is just the conditioning of the kids,” said Urbantke. “We have had strength and conditioning, luckily, for the last three weeks here in Madisonville. There are lots of teams who have been shut down these last three weeks, so we have had a good number of kids and a core number of kids showing up and working hard.”

While the COVID-19 pandemic delayed the start of the season by a month for schools 5A and up, the 4A Mustangs retain the same schedule except for their canceled scrimmage in Palestine. Their lone scrimmage against Cameron will come eight days before their season opener in Diboll.

“We are going to hit it hard (Monday) and it is going to be fast and furious,” said Urbantke before camp opened this week. “I am not so much worried about the kids and the scheme of our plays, because the kids have been in our program. The big thing that could be worrisome for me right now is what kind of condition we are going to be in leading up to our first ball game in Diboll. That is the big thing I am concerned with right now.”

Madisonville opens their season on the road in Diboll Aug. 28 at 7:30 p.m. Their first home regular season matchup at MHS is scheduled for Sept. 4 against Liberty.

After the district realignments in February, the Mustangs will compete in a league with Carthage, Jasper, Center, Rusk and Shepherd during the 2020 season.

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