Madill has a shot at more than one milestone tonight at Alumni Field.

Madill has a shot at more than one milestone tonight at Alumni Field.

The Wildcats are 9-0 entering the final week of the season. All that lies between Madill and its second perfect regular season in four years is a win tonight against Pauls Valley (5-4, 5-1 District 3A-4).

The visiting Panthers are coming off a lopsided 71-27 loss to Plainview. Madill coach Milton Cooper understands that the motivation for Pauls Valley to atone for last week's letdown will be great.

Madill defeated Pauls Valley last season 51-28.

"I saw the film against Plainview. They didn't play well at all, and Plainview played well," Cooper said. "We expect to get their best effort tomorrow."

While Madill's offense started the season emphatically through the first four weeks (51 points per game), a high ankle sprain by starting quarterback Paten Bond limited the Wildcats' attack to 30 points per contest in their last four.

It's still a relatively strong figure, but Cooper expects the Madill offense to get itself going again entering the first round of the playoffs.

"He is ready to go," Cooper said of Bond. "We sat him out the entire game at Sulphur, and were able to hold him out a little last week (against Atoka)."

Cooper also had high praise for Joe Avery, who stepped in for Bond in the thick of the district schedule and kept the Wildcats going.

"Joe's just a good athlete," Cooper said. "We made the decision in the spring he would be a wideout, But when Paten went down, we had to make that decision to bring him in.

"I'm very proud of him stepping into the fire like he did. Joe also has had to step in at free safety and play a lot along with Hunter Chapa. He's filled the void and done a great job."

Before the postseason the Wildcats have to wrap up the District 3A-4 title, which Cooper has put a premium on. A victory tonight locks up the 3A-4 crown, but a loss by fewer than 12 points will still keep Madill as the No. 2 seed entering the playoffs.

Madill leads Plainview by three district points (64-61) entering the final round of games. Lone Grove (41) is a point ahead of Pauls Valley for third (40).

The district title would be Cooper's first with the Wildcats.

"I think that's the most impornant thing, that district championship." Cooper said. "It if comes by way of undeafeated sesaon, that's great. But getting that distirct championship, that allows you to play a couple of home games in the playoffs, that's the most important thing."

Erik K. Horne