Blitzkrieg: Dinuba came out strong in Friday night’s football victory over Madera and scored on four of its first five drives. Once the Coyote defense settled in, the Emperors would score only once more out of seven drives.
One-man army: Dinuba’s Michael Wright was an unstoppable force from behind quarterback Marcus McMaryion, rushing 27 times for 215 yards and all five of the Emperor scores. He had three runs of more than 20 yards and added a 49-yard touchdown scamper on Dinuba’s second drive of the game.
Halftime reversal: The Coyotes’ offense scored all 13 of its points in the first half, but allowed 28 of Dinuba’s 35 points in that half as well. Once the third quarter began, the roles would reverse and it was the Coyote defense that looked strong while the offense looked weak, scoring no points and allowing only seven.
Opening defeat: The Coyote defeat marks the first game led by new head coach Bonner Cunnings, who took over for Scott McKinney earlier in the year. Cunnings said he found some things encouraging from his team, but mistakes and penalties, as elements of poor discipline that cost his team the win, need to be eliminated for his squad to be successful...