The Mustangs battled wet conditions as well as triple digit temperatures throughout their opening week of training camp for the new season.
The team took the field for the first time on Monday evening and worked every day of the week.
“In the beginning, it’s all about taking the excitement they bring with them and putting it on the field,” said Mustang head coach Rusty Nail. “It’s important to get back into the routine of how we practice as well as our expectations for everything we do.”
The Madisonville players are getting familiar with many new assistant coaches for the first time this week, but will be competing under Nail for the second year in a row. This gives them an opportunity to jump into the swing of the things instead of having to learn a whole new system throughout opening week.
“We had a really good summer and averaged about 100 to 150 kids at our workouts,” said Nail. “I’d say we’re where we want to be at this point.”
The Mustangs are welcoming back 10 seniors for their final season and they will have a chance to show off their leadership skills throughout camp. Some of the players will play at the varsity level for their third season in 2017.
“We want to see them lead not only with words but also actions,” Nail said of his seniors. “We want to send these guys off and have them talk about their senior season for the rest of their lives and not the poor seasons they had before.”
As always, there is a lot of hype surrounding the return of football as training camp opens throughout the state. With so much experience and returning players on both sides of the ball, the Mustangs are poised for major improvements this season. Still, Coach Nail and his team have no interest in thinking too far ahead.
“Right now, we’re just focused on Diboll,” said Nail as he referred to Madisonville’s week one opponent. “We’re going to take it one day, one week and one game at a time.”
The Mustangs will have a chance to face real opponents before the regular season gets underway. They will host a three-team scrimmage in Madisonville this Friday and welcome Fairfield and Rudder to Mustang Stadium. The will then travel to Cameron the following Friday for the second and final exhibition matchup. Both JV squads as well as varsity will have scrimmages and they are to start at 5 p.m. Varsity will kickoff the 2017 regular season at home against Diboll on Sep. 1 at 7:30 p.m.