Player of the game: Senior running back Jason Regua was the team’s second leading rusher with 39 yards, averaging 6.3 yards per carry. In two drives, Regua kept the offense moving downfield acquiring three first downs. His best runs came on the only offensive touchdown of the game for the Coyotes.
Unsung Hero of the game: Running back Adrian Wilson ran with purpose on the scoring drive, his two rushes for 19 yards were the team’s most physical with a 14-yard tackle-breaking run to follow. Wilson led the team in rushing with six carriers for 49 yards averaging 8.1 yards per carry. Wilson provided fresh legs as well as a breath of fresh air as their change-of-pace rusher. The Coyote’s running back-by-committee approach could benefit from a featured back like Wilson in the finale against Madera-South.
Play of the game: Playmaker and recently promoted sophomore J.J. Espinoza had his second kickoff return touchdown in only four games after being called up the junior varsity team. Espinoza has shown quickness and vision. With potential to be a fan-favorite in his junior and senior seasons, Espinoza has the explosion to be difference maker every time he touches the ball.
Drive of the game: The Coyotes responded to their second interception return touchdown with a scoring drive to avoid the shutout in Sanger. The drive consisted of five first downs, 11 plays (10 rush, 1 pass) and 72 yards in six minutes to lead the team into halftime. The best plays of the game came from runs of 18, 11, and 6 from Regua, all of which earned first down. McMillon finished the drive with a touchdown.