Top sports story of 2011: Stallion football claims first league title, advances to semi

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webmaster | 12/31/11

This was the season that the Madera South Stallions finally quieted the naysayers who doubted the five-year program would ever produce a championship caliber team.

The Stallions were a team with a tremendous defense, allowing fewer points during the season than all but two of the 78 Central Section teams heading into the playoffs. The offense was very explosive, led by the trio of Ranferi Pineda, Donald Caballero and Marcus McCoy, who averaged 282 yards per game on the ground. Pineda became the Stallions single season rushing leaders in yards (1,006) and touchdowns (17). Quarterback Travis Middleton completed only 21 passes all season in the run-heavy double-wing offense, but was very opportunistic, completing seven passes for touchdowns.

The Stallions defeated cross-town rival Madera High 14-3, then ran through the North Yosemite League, outscoring their opponents by an average of 48-9. After receiving the No. 3 seed in the Central Section Division III playoffs, the Stallions pounded Yosemite Oakhurst, 41-0, and defeated Foothill-Bakersfield, 28-21, before running into a Ridgeview-Bakersfield team that was as good as its No. 2 seed, who ended the best season in Madera South history.

But the legacy of the season should usher the Stallions into one of the elite D-III programs in the Valley for years to come.

 

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