An explosive 35-point second quarter by the Bullard-Fresno football team set the tone in the Madera Coyotes’ seventh loss of the season as the Knights rumbled to a 42-6 halftime lead and didn’t look back on their way to a 56-21 win.
For much of the first quarter, the Coyotes (2-7, 0-4 CMAC) played like a Div. III team with as much talent as head coach Bonner Cunnings said they have.
Despite allowing a 74-yard rushing touchdown to Knights quarterback Isaiah Justice on the first Bullard play of the game Friday, the Coyotes slowed down a rushing attack that averages nearly 400 yards each contest while forcing a three-and-out and a fourth-down goal line stand when receiver John Brown was stopped behind the line of scrimmage by Andrew Alvarez.
“I think we played well,” Cunnings said. “We knew going into this that we would be matched up against a top team that is one of the best in the Valley, and for us to play as well as we did in that quarter and much of the game is very exciting.” ...