After they were knocked out of the Division II playoffs last year, the Madera Coyotes football team will be on a home-turf hunt for Emperors at 7:30 p.m. this Friday when the team that forced their early exit, Dinuba High School, comes to Memorial Stadium.
It will be the first regular-season game for new head coach Bonner Cunnings, who took over the Coyotes earlier this year from his defensive coordinator spot when Scott McKinney resigned to focus on family.
“This is a big game for us,” Cunnings said. “Dinuba stomped us twice last year, so obviously we want to start off the season right against a big-name opponent like this that went to the Division II finals.”
The most prominent threat the Emperors will bring to Madera is the immensely dangerous quarterback Marcus McMaryion who, in a season where he threw 43 touchdowns with only 3 interceptions, devastated the Coyote secondary for 654 yards and 10 touchdowns in two games...