Behind career first-half performances and a stifling defense, the Madera Coyotes routed a Madera South Stallions team plagued with injuries 48-7 last week and retain Stadium Road Showdown bragging rights for the second straight year.
The County/Metro Athletic Conference win moves Madera (3-7, 1-4 CMAC), playing as the away team at its Memorial Stadium, into a Div. III road playoff battle with the Hanford Bullpups this Friday. Madera South (1-9, 0-5 CMAC), whose lone win in the six-year rivalry came in 2011, is done for the year and will begin preparations for next season.
Junior Alec Gamboa, the Coyotes’ season-leading receiver in all categories was an unstoppable force in the first two quarters of play, gaining 216 yards and three touchdowns on passes from quarterback Nathaniel Nelson while adding a 15-yard rushing score.
“He is regarded as one of the best players in the CMAC and he dominated the game tonight,” Stallions head coach Scott Donegan said of Gamboa after the game. “He is the difference. Gamboa’s first half was some players’ entire careers and if you take him out, it’s a different game.” ...