BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) -- The Madisonville Mustangs began the Rusty Nail era with three wins and a trip to the playoffs.
Madisonville won its season opener, but dropped their final five non-district games. A 2-2 district record was enough to get them in the playoffs, but the Mustangs fell in the bi-district round to Liberty. “Staying healthy was the biggest challenge for us,” said Nail. “Winning two district games and making the playoffs was the best part of the season."
The Mustangs will be more experienced and ready to make some noise in their second season under Rusty Nail. “We expect to compete for a district title and win a playoff game,” said Nail.
He hopes to have the horses to get the job done, and having eight starters back on both sides of the ball is a great start. Ben Phillips is back for his third year as starting quarterback and will have three returning linemen and four receivers, including the very dangerous Johnny Simpson, to work with. Nail said, “The skill positions will be our strength on offense.
The secondary will be our strength on defense.” That secondary will
feature returning starters Cornelius Merchant and Baylen Mills, along with Simpson and Kendall Moffett.
Madisonville hopes to get off to a better start to the season, but it won’t be easy against a non-district schedule that features six teams that all made the playoffs a year ago.
The biggest game in 11-4A Division II play will be at Bellville in early November, where the Mustangs could lay claim to a district championship with a win.