Player of the game: Mathew Manoz was a force to be reckoned with on Friday. He opened the game with an 89-yard kickoff return. He then averaged 38.3 yards per return for 306 yards. He also stepped in when both of Madera South’s quarterbacks went down with injury. Going out of the Wildcat formation, Manoz led the Stallions on their only scoring drive and capped it with a four-yard touchdown run.
Unsung hero of the game: Dallas Hansen may not be a household name, but every team needs a Dallas Hansen. He led the team with nine tackles, including seven solo tackles. He also had an interception while rushing for 27 yards and catching a pass. Hansen is one of those players that gives it his all on every play, setting the example many players should follow.
Play of the game: The highlight of the night came on the opening kickoff. Manoz caught the ball at the five-yard line. He found a whole in San Joaquin memorial’s kick coverage team, juked the kicker and was off the races before getting dragged won at the six yard line. However, the Stallions couldn’t capitalize on the great field position.
Drive of the game: The big drive for the Panthers was a one-play drive. Manoz opened the game with a long kickoff return. The Panthers got the ball back on a fumble, but threw an interception on the next play. The Stallions couldn’t do anything and turned the ball over on downs at their own 22. On the next play, Glass took the hand off and went around the left side, down the sideline for a 78-yard touchdown that was the first of nine for the Panthers.