Player of the game: J.J. Espinoza was just called up from the one-loss junior varsity team and he looked like a seasoned varsity player. Espinoza, a junior, made his impact felt on special teams and on defense immediately. All Coyote fans should hope that the electric Espinoza continues to play to his potential on varsity this season.
Unsung hero of the game: Madera Coyotes underclassmen are beginning to show improvement and progression. Along with Espinoza, junior defensive players free safety Raelon Hill and linebacker Michael Brocchini are emerging as the future. Junior quarterback Jerry Hernandez is learning to play football the right way, and all are the benefactors of the change in culture that head coach Yose Fares has begun at Madera.
Play of the game: Espinoza’s interception return for a touchdown near the end of the second quarter was one of the best defensive plays of the year. He was able to adjust on a deep underthrown pass, and his great vision allowed him to stray from defenders and switch directions. Espinoza went 56-yards on his interception to tie the game.
Drive of the game: Edison began its first drive at the Madera 11-yard line, which resulted in a field goal. The defense began playing physical and would not budge. After a bad snap went through the legs of junior quarterback Jerry Hernandez, the Tigers were hyped up and had early momentum. The defense was able to halt that momentum and give their offense a chance to redeem themselves early.