“We counted seven times that the ball hit the ground, which is a recipe for disaster no matter where you’re playing football.”
With those words, Madera Coyotes football head coach Bonner Cunnings summed up his team’s 35-21 declawing at the hands of the San Joaquin Memorial Panthers last week in a league game that saw Coyote players cough up the ball more than five times.
In fact, on three of their first five drives, the Coyotes lost fumbles, twice when quarterback Nathaniel Nelson had trouble handing the ball off to running back Jesus Jimenez.
“What was happening there was, we were running a read option,” Cunnings said, “and Nelson wasn’t reading it properly. The defensive end was doing what he’s supposed to, which is attack the mesh point where the hand-off is made, and we just couldn’t keep it together.” ...