Mustangs battled one of state's toughest slates

Posted 11/19/19

The Madisonville football team struggled against one of the state’s top districts this season and were further validated by finishing tenth in MaxPreps’ strength of schedule rankings for 4A Division II squads.

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Mustangs battled one of state's toughest slates

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The Madisonville football team struggled against one of the state’s top districts this season and were further validated by finishing tenth in MaxPreps’ strength of schedule rankings for 4A Division II squads.

“The downside is there is never a week off,” said head coach Russell Urbantke. “Every week, we were playing a very physical football team. When we played Mexia, we took the lead late in the game. They ended up being the number two team in the district. We played right with Salado until half, as well.”

Madisonville’s schedule earned a 23 on the strength of schedule meter, 37th toughest in the state. Four of the teams ahead of them can also be found within the district.

The top 10 toughest schedules and their overall ranking, in order, were Liberty (38), Gilmer (30.6), Pleasant Grove (30.2), Mexia (28.2), Lorena (27.2), Pittsburgh (26.8), Perryton (26.8), Robinson (24.1), Connally (23.9) and Madisonville.

“The plus side of it, if you do make it out of district, is that you will probably win your first round playoff game and have a good chance in the second,” said Urbantke. “Our district went 4-0 in the first round of the playoffs on Friday. This week, I think two or three of them were favored to win again.”

There is no guarantee that the Mustangs will again compete in the same district once the 2020 season kick off. The districts will be realigned in February to accommodate the most recent program numbers.

“I would totally prefer to go back into another district and avoid the central Texas area, but I have a feeling that we will be right back where we are,” said Urbantke. “That is the way we need approach our offseason because we will not know until February. I told the guys to expect to be in this district.”

Connally, Fairfield, Salado and Mexia all advanced to the Area playoff round with victories in Bi-District on Friday.

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