Mexia planning for Connally like any other opponent

MEXIA, Texas (KWTX) When the newest high school football districts were announced, Mexia head coach Frank Sandoval was in awe about the quality of opponents that his team would be facing in the future.

District 8-4A Division II is one of the toughest in the state. Two weeks ago, it looked like Robinson would be at or near the top, but the Rockets have lost their first two games that matter most.

Mexia (3-2) has won its first two district games this season over Madisonville and Fairfield, with the Blackcats offense posting 37 points in both of those matchups.

"The energy around the team is just great," Mexia senior running back and linebacker Drevaun Cooper said. "Just having everybody believing in us, all the community and everything, it feels good."

This week, an even bigger test stares Mexia in the face when the undefeated and top-ranked 4A team in the state makes a trip to Blackcat Field -- the Connally Cadets.

Connally is 7-0 thanks to recent district victories over Lorena and Madisonville.

"This group really is a different group than what I've had the past two years," Sandoval said. "They have a quiet confidence about them. You see them out here today, and there's no pressure on those guys. You see them gossiping, jumping around, having a good time, they don't feel that pressure because their response is trying to go 1-0 this week regardless of the opponent."

Mexia lost to Connally 27-26 last season.