The Mustangs continued to improve offensively as they picked up their third straight win to start the regular season.
After a slow start in the opening half, Madisonville’s offense looked unstoppable against Caldwell in the final minutes of the second quarter and posted four straight touchdowns.
Despite his team posting 49 points in their third win of the season, head Mustang football coach Rusty Nail stated that they need to clean up the penalties as well as turnovers offensively. Overall, he was pleased with his team’s effort and resiliency.
Madisonville shot themselves in the foot early with some penalties, but they managed to win the turnover ratio for the third straight time. The Mustangs defense has now recorded 4 interceptions and recovered four fumbles against opposing offenses. That’s not to mention the huge stops they’ve made to force a turnover on downs at critical points in the first few weeks.
The challenges of the regular season will continue on Friday night with another non-district, road matchup. This time around, the Mustangs will travel to Crockett to take on the Bulldogs.
Crockett is off to a shaky start in 2017. After starting their season with a 30-22 victory over Trinity, the Bulldogs have dropped consecutive contests to Diboll and Rusk. Crockett failed to stay competitive as they games went on, falling 54-16 to Diboll and 41-6 to Rusk.
Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Magazine listed Crockett as a very capable bunch heading into the season and picked them to finish second in their district when it’s all said and done. Still, even with extremely capable pieces on both sides of the ball, they acknowledged that this is an incomplete team that could be searching for an identity.
Coach Nail referenced the speed running game of the Bulldogs as his top concern entering the matchup. After posting a shutout in week 1, Madisonville was hit-and-miss while defending the run in weeks 2 and 3. Thus far, the team has always seemed to come up with the biggest plays when they need them most. The unit will look for more of the same against Crockett and can probably count on some support from the offense as well. Through their first three games, the Bulldogs have surrendered an average of nearly 40 points to their opponents.
The Mustangs and Bulldogs will go at it on Friday night in Crockett at 7:30 p.m.