When the Madera High School graduates of 1963 meet in October to celebrate their 50th class reunion, there can be no doubt that some of them will turn back the clock to that night a half century ago when the Coyotes stunned the McLane Highlanders in their own football stadium.
The Madera win knocked the highly favored McLane team out of a first place tie for the league championship and put an end to its 16-game run of victories. It also gave the Coyotes a taste of sweet revenge. It had been the Highlanders who stopped a 14-game winning streak by Madera in 1960.
The surprise ending was recorded in all of the Valley newspapers. The Fresno Bee headline read, “Madera Outplays McLane to Garner 14-7 upset and went on to note that “for the first time in 17 games there was silence in the McLane High School rooting section when the final gun sounded.”
The McLane team, which had been rated as the best in the San Joaquin Valley, took a back seat to the fired-up Coyotes all that night. According to The Madera Tribune, the Highlanders were defeated much worse than the 14-7 score indicated...