Madera just couldn't stop Porterville's rushing attack in the 61-12 loss last Friday to end its season. On Porterville's second drive in the second half, the Panthers handed the ball off to sophomore Isaiah Jones six times — four in a row — out of nine total plays and Jones found wide-open holes each time to rush for 33 yards that set up another Hefner touchdown and the 55-6 lead from five yards out.
Madera's interior defenders were simply outmatched against a Porterville offensive line that has two 1,000-yard rushers — Jones and Hefner — this season.
Play of the game
Once the second half began, Porterville showed that though they were ahead 41-6 they weren't going to let Madera back in the game.
On the first play from scrimmage after an attempted onside kick by the Coyotes, Porterville quarterback Dennis Chester went on a play-action read and threw a long-bomb pass to standout receiver Lalo Nevarez for 47 yards to put the Panthers on the Coyote 5-yard line. Madera had stacked the box all game in response to a crushing Panther rushing attack that would amass 425 yards in the game but were surprised by the immediate passing play. The Coyotes paid for the mistake, as senior Austin Hefner would run in the touchdown from three yards out two plays later to increase the Panther lead to 48-6 and deflate any potential momentum Madera hoped to build...