A mere week after they turned the ball over five times in an opening County/Metro Athletic Conference loss, the Madera Coyotes football team played clean and played hard. Ultimately, it wasn’t enough as they fell to the Sanger Apaches 38-14 in homecoming week to remain winless in the CMAC.
The Div. III Coyotes (2-5, 0-2 CMAC) simply couldn’t stop the rushing onslaught of the Div. II Apaches (5-2, 1-1 CMAC) which rampaged its way to 403 yards and all five of their touchdowns on the ground.
Head coach Bonner Cunnings said he was proud of his team’s performance against that triple-option offense that led the Apaches to the Div. II Valley Championship game last year.
“Sanger is a quality program,” Cunnings said. “They’re an offensive machine, they slowly work at you and grind at you so when you make a mistake they take advantage of it. And when you compare yourself to a team like that you know you’re going to have to be at your best and though we made some mistakes, it was a great effort and like I told the kids I was very pleased with their effort and their attitudes.” ...