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Emperors Tame Coyotes in 42-26 Season Opening Loss Print E-mail
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Saturday, 25 August 2012 02:40

DINUBA - The Coyotes learned in Dinuba that the Emperors have a new groove in junior quarterback Marcus McMaryion who went 20 for 28 and passed for 363 yards with five touchdown passes, three to Aaron Taylor.

Two Dinuba receivers both had over 140 yards on the game, Lorenzo Fraga 143 yards and Taylor 146. If all that wasn't enough the Emperors were named the Carl's Jr. Team of the Week and got to grub down on free burgers after the game.

Madera, on the other hand, just drove home. During the game they played valiantly keeping the score tight for two and half quarters. The only problem was the game was four quarters and the Madera coaching staff didn't stay with what worked. In this case what was working was sophomore running back Alec Gamboa.

With Madera down by 14, Gamboa brought Madera to within one touchdown going into the half. Then in the third quarter he knotted the game up for the Coyotes catching an 11 yard pass in the end zone. Senior Anthony Martinez brought down a 36 yard pass from sophomore Nathanial Nelson, who went 14-22 with 156 yards, to give Madera their only lead of the game at 20-14.

Dinuba came back to score four unanswered touchdowns, three by air and one by land to give the Emperors a two to one lead over the Coyotes. However, in the last minute of the game when Dinuba put in it's second string players, Madera was able to cross into the end zone one last time. Michael Say caught a 27 yard pass but the after point kick wasn't good. The game ended with a 42-26 score.

This loss begs the question, had Madera Varsity Football Coach Scott McKinney been hired at Clovis Unified would he have been given a second season with a 3-7 record? Would he have come back after his second season at the Coyote helm with a record of 4-6?

Friday's game against Dinuba was a must win for McKinney who's team hasn't had a winning season in six years. After three losing seasons, Madera High Athletic Director Shane Riddle replaced former football coach Randy Blankenship. After one losing season in varsity baseball, Riddle fired former varsity baseball coach George McWherter. If McKinney's 2012 season continues to go south for Madera High, how much longer will he stick with Scott McKinney?

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