Coyotes’ Comeback Bid Falls Short

2 years ago Skylar Johnson 0

The Combs Coyotes football team had a home matchup this week against a tough team in Tempe. Last year, the Buffaloes beat the Coyotes in their first-ever matchup, 33-7. This year proved to be more competitive.

Tempe came into the game strong, putting up 21 unanswered points in the first half. Combs finally managed to get on the board at the end of the first half on a one-yard run by Isiah Jacobs, his only run of the day.

Coming out of the second half, Combs made some astute defensive adjustments. After giving up 21 first-half points to the Buffaloes, the Yotes allowed just six in the second.

The Combs’ offense, under the direction of first-year head coach Travis Miller, put together a successful drive in the third quarter, managing seven points on a score by junior running back Sonatane Taunima.

The Coyotes’ defense held their ground in the final quarter as well, holding the Tempe offense scoreless. Combs then managed another good drive, topped off by a touchdown pass by sophomore quarterback Tre Buck to senior tight end Justin Rowe.

At a position that is considered one of the most important on the field, Buck and senior Junior Loggins share the load, splitting time leading the Coyotes’ offense. Loggins ended 8-of-21 for 117 yards while Buck finished 9-of-16 for 102 yards.

Senior Roy Anderson and senior Tahro Hasty led the Combs’ defense with eight tackles each.

“Our goal is to make stops so our offense can get things going,” answered safety Roy Anderson when asked about how the Yotes’ defense turned it around in the second half. “Our intensity on defense was way better in the second half.”

The fourth-quarter comeback was on for the Coyotes, who had battled in the second half, trailing by only six in the fourth quarter. A few big plays by senior Cameron Stewart, who ended with 86 yards on just four catches, and Junior transfer RB Cody White, who led the Coyotes on the ground, rushing for 100 yards on 12 carries. White also contributed with 62 yards receiving on five catches and gave the Coyotes a late boost.

Unfortunately, the Coyotes couldn’t get another score on the board, halting the comeback before Tempe escaped with a 27-21 victory.

The Coyotes head into sectional play as they face the winless Dysart Demons at home on Friday, September 29, at 7 p.m.