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Madera shocks Bullard in a thriller

Coming into league play, many across the Valley wondered, at least silently, if 18th-ranked Madera’s undefeated record an aberration. On Friday the Coyotes took a step to removing that question.

Madera edged eighth-ranked Bullard, 32-31, to start CMAC play.

The Knights did an admirable job containing the Coyotes’ top playmaker Alec Gamboa, but the rest of the team came through on Friday.

Running back Jesus Jimenez rushed for 112 yards on 18 carries. Quarterback Nathaniel Nelson completed 15-of-24 passes for 230 yards without an interception. Wideout Kristopher Bueno caught seven passes for 138 yards in the game.

Coyotes kicker Evan Rios had a big night, booting four field goals, including a 51-yarder.

Tanner Van Es led the Knights in rushing with 16 carries for 71 yards.

Bullard quarterback Jack Taylor threw a pair of touchdown passes but also threw an interception and only completed 5-of-14 passes for 103 yards.

Bullard fell to 3-3 on the season, while Madera improved to 6-0.

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