Despite five-week delay to open 2020, Madison took care of business in its district, and season, opener

Madison didn’t have room for error when its season and district opener fell on the same day last week.

Despite the unusual offseason due to COVID-19, Madison coach Marcus Gates didn’t see his players skip a beat in the 35-19 win over Maypearl, which gives Madison a head start in District 7-3A Div. I.

Entering the game with only a scrimmage against city-rival Carter, Gates said it was important to have a team that was able to physically ready and conditioned to go the entire game. Having his team in the best physical shape possible was a big factor in the Trojans’ win over Maypearl.

“I saw a team that was well conditioned and excepted well on special teams,” Gates said. “If we keep that going and replicate that, we should be fine.”

Gates said his players were excited to finally get to play but reminded his team that they

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