With Friday’s loss in Lorena, Madisonville finished 5-5 overall in the regular season and 3-3 in district play. Regardless of what happens elsewhere during the final week of the regular season, the Mustangs will miss out on the postseason by virtue of point tiebreakers.
In one of the most competitive 4A districts in the state of Texas, the young Mustangs had their share of ups and downs in 2018. Head Coach Rusty Nail, who just completed his third season at the helm after nine years in Mart, gave his take on his team’s performance this year.
“I thought we gradually improved all season offensively,” said Nail. “We need to improve in the passing game and in our ability to be able to chase teams that get us down big early. We executed that against Salado, but could not connect on the big play Friday at Lorena.”
While the offense steadily improved, the Mustangs struggled on the defensive side of the ball as the year progressed.
“Defensively, I felt like we were solid at the beginning of the year when the offense struggled,” said Nail. “Then, for reasons I am evaluating now, we got worse each week. Some of this is probably due to our opponents in this district but in my mind I do have to look at everything from the defensive perspective of what we need to do to improve as I felt at the end of the season we were as bad on defense as we were during my first year here.
“We will get it fixed and keep moving forward.”
Entering the last week of the season with Madisonville on bye, Lorena remains atop the district with a mark of 4-1 while Fairfield, Robinson and Connally follow with records of 3-2.