There were a lot of questions surrounding the Alice defense this August and going into the season opener.

However, it took only four quarters for Alice coaches to figure out that they possess a stout defensive.

The Coyotes gave up two scores to Alexander in Friday’s 27-13 victory, but they managed to shutdown the Bulldogs when it mattered most in the second half. Alice’s defense gave up 300 yards to Alexander but they didn’t allow any second-half points.

The cast which has emerged for the Coyotes includes linebackers Josue Franco, Rey Davila and Leo Sanchez. The strength of the defense is in its secondary with safeties Sean Chapa, R.J. Galvan and Miguel Gonzalez. Marc Garcia also plays the safety position. Alice’s corners are Orlando Espinoza and Sean Molina.

“We’ve come around,” Alice defensive coordinator Kory Atwood said. “We’re really happy with the way our defense has come along.”

Alice’s defensive unit will face a Kingsville offense Friday night which is capable of throwing the ball and scoring points. The Brahmas, Alice's oldest rival, rely on a spread offense mixed with some quick sprints and sweeps. H.M. King began the season Friday with a 41-20 loss to Beeville. Quarterback Omar Navejar led the Brahmas in their opener.

“Offensively, their quarterback is what makes them go,” Atwood said. “He can hurt us with his feet or with his arm.”

The Coyotes will be without Trey Jaramillo, who started at quarterback against Alexander. The senior quarterback went down with an injury and coaches said they don’t expect him to play Friday night.

Starting at quarterback for Alice Friday night is junior Devyn Orta, who had a seven-yard run for a touchdown against Alexander.

The Coyotes weren't overpowering offensively, but they were efficient. They totaled only 170 yards for the game, including only 125 rushing yards and 45 in passing. Jaramillo completed seven of 11 passes. Jaramillo led Alice in rushing with 65 yards in rushing on 15 carries.

Garcia rushed for 28 yards and Matthew Olivarri rushed for 25. A.J. Moreno led the team in receiving with three catches for 38 yards. R.J. Galvan had two catches for 11 yards.