When the Madera Coyotes lost 61-12 to the Porterville Panthers in a quarterfinal Div. III playoff game last week to end their season, there were a lot of negatives that could be focused on by players and coaches alike.
The defense could have focused on the 425 rushing yards they allowed as Panther running backs consistently broke tackles and found the end zone seven times.
The offense could have focused on how key players were locked down by a stingy Porterville (9-2) defense and how, after putting up 73 points against Hanford a week previously, were only able to score twice — one of them coming with less than a minute left in the game against backup defenders.
But in a season full of highs, lows, and everything in between the Coyotes came together emotionally after last Friday's loss and instead chose to focus on what they did right...