Denair footballs’ miraculous season continued on Friday night in the Division-VI Sac-Joaquin Section tournament.
Unfortunately for the No. 8 Denair Coyotes, they met the No. 1 seed in Amador High and ultimately ran into a wall with their 20 players.
The 10-1 Amador Buffaloes played tough and handled the Coyotes in a 48-12 final.
“We knew it was going to be a tough game and the odds were stacked against us. They are the No. 1 seed and they definitely showed it,” said Denair head coach Anthony Armas.
The Coyotes end the year with a 6-5 overall record, finishing third in the Southern Athletic League, all while playing with no more than 16 kids, and as little as 12 kids per game throughout the season.
“I think we certainly thought we could go 6-4 and make the playoffs,” said Armas. “I don’t think any of us foresaw the kind of numbers issues we were going to face and how well the players were going to deal with our lack of numbers.”
Numbers didn’t stop a determined Coyotes team that wasn’t going to be denied a playoff spot.
They earned it but couldn’t do much on Friday night.
Amador went up 35-6 at the half and from there the Coyotes' limited offense was unable to put up enough points to hang with the top seed in the bracket.
“It was certainly a successful season. Our goal at the beginning of the season was to make playoffs,” said Armas. “We did that and our staff feels that this group has really helped to jump start our program for the future.
“They continued to impress us week in and week out with their perseverance. I am extremely proud of the kids.”