The Madisonville Mustangs had to win their last game of the season Friday night or suffer the consequence of facing the best team in 4A with a loss.
The Mustangs beat the Tarkington Longhorns 21-15 on Friday officially punching their ticket into the playoffs.
“This was a good win for us,” Head Coach Rusty Nail said after the game. “The guys hung in there and continued to battle the entire game – we got the stops we needed to win.”
But even though the Mustangs have made the postseason it does not mean the hard work is done.
“We still have a lot to work on moving forward; tackling and blocking especially,” Nail said.
Madisonville (3-7) will start bi-district play Thursday, Nov. 10 against the Liberty Panthers (8-2) in Splendora. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
JV wins on the road
The junior varsity defeated the Tarkington Longhorns Thursday night 26-8 in their last game of the season. Despite the poor weather conditions the Mustangs played well holding their own on the defensive side of the ball.
Coach Sheldon Moor was pleased with the energy his team came out with to start the game, “We were able to run the ball and really control the line of scrimmage,” Moor aid after Thursday night’s victory. “We won the turnover battle and tackled really good.”
Although JV ends the season with a record of 3-7, Moor said he couldn’t be more proud of the growth his team has shown this year.
“The guys got better every week, better at the fundamentals, better at blocking – just better,” he said.