Player of the game: Justin Landero. He’s been the bright spot on the Coyote’s defense for the three games this season. On the opening series of the opponent, Landero set the tone for what could be the rest of the year. Two consecutive tackles for loss and a third-down sack on the quarterback helped his team take on a new identity.
Unsung Hero of the game: Senior running back, Josh McMillon, who started the game running downfield and ended the gain the same way. McMillon only had 11 carries, but he was able to gain critical first downs and, after fellow running back Eric Escobar left the game, McMillon took over and didn’t miss a beat.
Play of the game: Madera’s second interception of the season came early in the second half from defensive back Raelon Hill. Hill was able to send a message to quarterbacks on the Coyote’s upcoming schedule, don’t throw into one-on-one coverage. Hill was able to out-jump the wide receiver and concentrate on the ball while coming down with possession. This defense could be a lot of fun to watch if Hill continues to make acrobatic plays in the secondary.
Drive of the game: With 6:15 left in the game, Madera was able to cash-in on the run game and acquire multiple first downs on a drive that saw it all. An open-field catch-and-run from Hernandez to Torres gave Madera perfect field position but, it was Hanford who ultimately lent a helping hand by committing two penalties that gave the Coyotes first downs. On a beautiful offensive drive, the Coyotes were ready to get in the end zone but a wild snap went over the head of Hernandez and recovered by the Bullpups.