Ridgeview Rides Stallions to CIF Final: 42 - 21 Print
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Saturday, 03 December 2011 03:51

Bakersfield – The best football season in Madera South High School history has come to an end. Just one game from the Valley Championship, the Stallions fell short of their goal. In the California Interscholastic Federation D3 Semi-Finals for the Central Section, Madera South traveled to Bakersfield to take on the Ridgeview Wolf Pack.


The Stallions scored on their opening drive but failed on the two point conversation. The Wolf Pack answered on the ensuing drive by marching down the field to score for themselves. Their point after kick was good, putting Ridgeview up 7-6.

Ridgeview’s Kamari Moya-Cotton would score in the second on a 29 yard run. The point after was good and the Wolf Pack was up over Madera South 14-6. But before the half was out, Stallion running back Ranferi Pineda took the ball for a four yard run to bring the Stallions within two. On the two point conversation Donald Campbell flew over the pack with a diving lunge into the end zone to knot the game at 14 going into the half.

The Stallions out gained the Wolf Pack in the first half 220-132, including 176 yards on the ground. But Ridgeview came out in the second half on fire. Moya-Cotton came in for the Wolf Pack in the quarterback position replacing Tyler Ferguson, who had been sidelined for five games this season with a broken collarbone.

Ridgeview put up a pair of touchdowns in the 3rd quarter then again in the 4th quarter. One more touchdown for the Wolf Pack and the Stallions would have to deal with the running clock. The Wolf Pack had all but shut down the Stallions offense before allowing a 45-yard touchdown run from Pineda with just over 2 minutes remaining.

When Ridgeview took possession of the ball they ran the clock out to end the game and the Stallions phenomenal season. Ridgeview will advance to the division 3 finals next week against the Kingsburg Vikings with home field advantage.

All of Madera should be proud of what the 2011 Stallion varsity football team accomplished. They went 10-1 in the regular season and undefeated in conference. They won the North Yosemite League conference title outright. They beat their cross city rivals, the Madera Coyotes, in the Battle of Stadium Road. They went further than any other Stallion team has before. They went further than any Madera Unified high school team has in over twenty-five years.

The Stallions should hold their heads up high. They have earned the respect of this community.

All Photos by Jack W Porter, Jr.