Plainview beat Madill on the Wildcats’ home field last year, but revenge is not the main motivation for the Wildcats as they prepare for Friday’s game.


Plainview beat Madill on the Wildcats’ home field last year, but revenge is not the main motivation for the Wildcats as they prepare for Friday’s game.

“We really haven’t emphasized that much,” Madill coach Milton Cooper said. “The coaches weren’t here last year, it’s a new year.”

The game also has huge playoff implications. Four teams, including Madill (6-2, 3-1 in District 3A-2) and Plainview (5-3, 4-1), have one loss each in the district. Both teams will likely get to the playoffs, but the winner of this game will be assured homefield advantage in the first round.

Playing a big district game on the other team’s home field is not a big concern for Madill. Receiver/defensive back Holden Cass said his team tends to play better on the road.

“I am not sure why that is, but it might work in our favor,” Cass said.

Cooper thinks the team plays better on the road because there are fewer distractions, and it is easier for the players to stay focused.

“At home games the kids get to go home, and other places before coming back for the game. On the road they are all together more, so it is fewer distractions,” he said.

Cooper expects a hard game at Plainview, saying that the Indians have the best defensive his team has played this year.

“Their defense is very fast. They are aggressive and well coached,” Cooper said.

Madill’s offense has been explosive at times this year, led by running back Caleb Muncrief. But quarterback Paten Bond has been improving as a passer, and Cooper is pleased to see the passing game get better.

“We have some good kids who are stepping up and taking the pressure off Caleb,” Cooper said. “We had a lull there for a few weeks where we were not throwing the ball well. Paten has become more confident and found his rhythm.”

Teams tend to focus on Muncrief, and Cass hopes that’s the case Friday.

“They’re all trying to stop him, Cass said. “That gives receivers one-on-one coverage. That’s what I like to see.”

Madill will also have to stop Plainview’s option offense, which has also been more explosive lately.

“It is all about assignment football,” Cooper said. “Someone has to take the dive, someone the quarterback and someone the pitch.”

A district championship is not out of the question either, but Cooper believes Purcell will have an advantage based on points for tiebreakers.

Linebacker Tyler Cumpton said last year’s 27-24 double overtime loss was tough.

“It does kind of stick with you, but it’s a new game and a near year,” Cumpton said. “It is a big game, the biggest of the year for us so far.”

Madill at Plainview
— 7:30 p.m. Friday at Indian Stadium
— Records: Madill 6-2, 3-1 in District 3A-2; Plainview 5-3, 4-1
— AP rankings: None
— In 2010: Plainview won 27-24 in double overtime
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