Madill aims for third-straight victory over Kingston
KINGSTON, Oklahoma (KTEN)- For now, Kingston’s stadium sits silent as the final touches are put on its new turf field.
But come Friday.
“If it’s anything like it was last year, the atmosphere was awesome, and it’s even better going into their place,” Madill head coach Chad Speer said. “It will be a rowdy crowd I’m sure.”
And rightly so. Bragging rights are on the line in Marshall County.
“It’s going to be nice,” Kingston running back Delton O’Steen said. “The new field and everything. Definitely ready for it.”
Madill has won the last two meetings, including a 43-16 victory a year ago.
“[We] really turned it on in the second quarter,” Speer said. “Made some big plays to get the momentum on our side and really kept it there throughout the game, so it was nice to see our kids come out with the win last year.”
For Kingston, head coach Brad Hill’s message to his players has been one of motivation.
“Look back at the past," Kingston right tackle Luke Easley said. "See what they did last time. Do better this time.”
If Kingston is to do better, it'll have to overcome the challenge of being a 2A school lining up against a 4A opponent.
“We know that they’ve got a lot of players; they're a 4A school” Hill said. “It’s going to be over 100 degrees on Friday night. We've got to be well-hydrated. We have to be in shape because they have more bodies to roll in.”
Madill had some question marks of exactly who it would be rolling out after graduating several key players last year. One new starter it has settled on is junior quarterback Eli Vinson. And he’s ready for Friday.
“I’m not really worried about it,” Vinson said. “I’ve been playing quarterback since I was 12 years old. I know the routine, and I just got to give it to my playmakers.”
And as these teams renew acquaintances on Friday, there’s no doubt on how meaningful a victory would be for either side.
“You want to be 1-0, and that’s what we’ve talked about,” Hill said. “We want to be 1-0, we want to win all our home games, and we want to host in week 11. Winning all our home games and being 1-0 all go hand-in-hand with this ball game.”
“We want to keep the trophy in Madill. No ifs, ands, or buts,” Speer said. “That’s the number one goal. That’s what everybody in this town wants. But at the end of the day, we got to put in the work this week to make sure we keep the trophy in Madill.”
Due to the heat, kickoff has been pushed back to 8:00. Make sure to turn into The First and Ten on Friday at 10:17 for an update from the game.