Stallions grab second victory
Wendy Alexander/The madera Tribune
Madera South quarterback Jacob Edwards finds some open running room against Golden Valley on Sept. 3. He found lanes for two touchdowns in Friday’s 24-21 victory over Hanford West.
With a touchdown in the final two minutes of the game, the Madera South Stallions football team picked up its second victory of the season with a 24-21 win against Hanford West in Hanford.
Quarterback Jacob Edwards scored Madera South’s last two touchdowns to give the Stallions the win Friday night.
“We beat them pretty good at home last year,” head coach Matt Johnson said. “If the Madera South Stallions are allowed to play schools that match-up in our divisions, I’m not going to say we’re going to win them all, but we’ll be competitive.”
Angelo Moreno scored the first touchdown of the game and the Stallions were leading 14-7 at the half.
Turnovers led to all three Hanford West scores.
“We stumbled around a little in the second half,” Johnson said.
A Madera South turnover led to the game-tying score.
“We fumbled and they threw a hail Mary in the third quarter to tie it at 14,” Johnson said.
Disaster struck for the Stallions on the ensuing kickoff. The return was fumbled and Hanford West picked it up and scored to turn a 14-7 deficit into a 21-14 lead in a matter of seconds.
Late in the third quarter, Joseph Velasquez and Bryce Walters combined on a sack in the end zone to cut Hanford West’s lead to 21-16.
Then, in the fourth quarter, the Stallions put a drive together and Edwards scored from eight-yards out for the touchdown and a 22-21 lead.
Johnson elected to go for the two-point conversion and Erik Cervantez found the end zone for a 24-21 lead with about 1:30 left in the game.
“They completed a couple of passes, but ran out of time,” Johnson said. “It’s awesome to have success. We’re excited. We’re going to have a good game against Fresno and Kerman and let the follies begin for the CMAC. We’ll be battle tested for the playoffs.”
After winning the past two weeks, the Stallions will get a week off before facing Fresno on Sept. 17, hopefully. Fresno’s past two games have been canceled due to lack of numbers.
However, Johnson is looking forward to getting his team healthy for the stretch run of the season.
“We are injured, we had some COVID issues with kids and we weren’t at full strength against Hanford West,” he said. “Time off will be very good for us, right now.”