All good things come to those who wait.
For the Madill Wildcats, their wait for a first win of the season last week might have taken a little longer than expected due to the rain, but they certainly aren’t complaining about the result.
But while fans in Wildcat Country are still excited from a thrilling Homecoming victory against Dickson, the real work as they say is about to begin.
At 7 p.m. Friday night at Cushing, the Wildcats will try to begin their journey towards history as they begin district play against the Tigers.
Cushing enters district play at 0-3 on the season, and is coming off the heels of a narrow 36-33 loss against Berryhill on the road last week.
In fact, all three of the Tigers’ losses this season have been by three points (19-16 vs. Bristow, 35-32 vs. Perkins-Tryon).
Despite the winless record, Wildcats head coach Todd Vargas isn’t overlooking anything about the Tigers.
“We’re coming off a win and that’s always a good thing,” Vargas said. “I truly feel like we’re getting closer and closer to reaching our full potential as a football team, and that we are staying in the right mindset of focusing on how we can better ourselves everyday.”
“As far as Cushing, they are a very athletic team,” Vargas added. “Offensively, they love to spread you out and throw the football. We’re going to need to be very disciplined this week and read our keys. On defense they are going to run a 4-3 scheme and we’re going to have to win those battles in the trenches, and most importantly take care of the football. We’re excited about facing Cushing Friday night.”
Last week against the Comets, it was all about John Venable for the Wildcats.
The senior finished the game with 13 carries for 229 yards and three touchdowns, as well as one interception which resulted in a touchdown, but was called back due to a penalty.
Mateo Fajardo also had a solid game running the ball as he finished with five carries for 92 yards with two touchdowns.
Despite their best efforts, the Wildcats defense still allowed Dickson quarterback Rusty Beard to run for 188 yards on 24 carries with three touchdowns.
Last year when these two teams met at Blake Smiley Stadium, it was the Tigers who came away with a convincing 40-13 victory.