For much of this season, the Madera Coyotes have been what many call a first-half team. A prime example was against Edison-Fresno, the Valley’s number-one team in all divisions at the time, after finishing halftime behind only a single point Madera got pummeled for 35 points and a 42-6 loss.
Against the Hanford Bullpups, however, Madera had other plans on its way to a 73-35 win.
After the Coyotes took the third-quarter kickoff and quarterback Nathaniel Nelson completed a pass to Robert Espinoza for 10 yards, Madera leading rusher Jesus Jimenez showed why — when healthy — he’s a force to be reckoned with by any opponent.
Jimenez took a handoff straight up the middle of the field and absolutely exploded through Hanford defenders, knocking several to the turf. He then outran closing secondary players and went all the way to the house for a 64-yard score and a Coyote 46-21 lead to start the half...