One of the cornerstones of the Alice Coyote football program is being able to conquer adversity.

Coaches here talk about it all of the time, and on Friday, Alice’s defense was able to put coaches’ teachings into action.

After the Brahmas scored on a short pass from quarterback Omar Navejar to Quincy Arkadie with just under five minutes left in the game, the Coyotes were still sitting on a 19-14 lead. All they really had to do was play keep away, especially since the Brahmas’ offense seemed to be heating up.

They took over, but were forced to punt after five plays. Here’s where the adversity part kicked in. Suddenly, the Coyote defense had to keep the determined Brahmas out of the end zone for the remaining 2:28. Navejar drove H.M. King downfield, but by applying pressure up front, Alice forced some errant passes and eventually ended the Brahmas’ threat on the shadow of the end zone to preserve a 19-14 win.

“We talk to the kids all the time about adversity… adversity in life and adversity in football games,” Alice head coach Kyle Atwood said. “It’s always going to be there. Our defense was put in an adverse situation late in the game. We had the ball with about three and a half minutes, and we should have bled the clock out and we didn’t do it. Bottom line is we put them in an adverse situation. We put them in a bad situation and they rose to the occasion.”

Still, Friday’s game was one that Alice’s first-year coach wasn’t at all content with. Atwood said he believes his team is capable of playing much better than they showed in Friday night’s back-and-forth contest.

“Kingsville came with a great game plan,” Atwood said. “(Kingsville) played hard for 48 minutes, and that kept them in the game. I was very impressed with their play. I was impressed with their schemes, and they’re coached well. They came ready to play, and we absolutely didn’t.”

Atwood said the Coyotes played well in moments, but not throughout the entire game.

“I wasn’t very happy with our play in the first half,” he said. “We came back in the second half and we kind of lit it up a little bit and changed a little bit, but then we let that momentum fizzle.”

Penalties continued to hamper the Coyotes Friday night. A week after they had 10 first-half penalties for 100 yards, the Coyotes were flagged for 10 penalties for 80 yards.

Alice senior running back Marc Garcia put his team ahead when he capped off a drive with a five-yard run with 11:28 remaining the second quarter. The extra point kick by Alex Gonzalez bounced off the crossbar and was no good.

The Brahmas came back with a drive led by Navejar and a 13-yard pass to Raziel Garcia from 13-yards out. Jason Perez connected on the extra point to give King a 7-6 lead going into halftime. Navejar finished with the game by completing 23 of 46 passes for 289 yards.

The Coyotes seemed to take over the game in the third by solid drives capped off by touchdown runs of 24 yards by Garcia and a 10-yard scoring run by senior Trey Jaramillo.

Garcia ended the game with eight carries for 62 yards. Alex Gonzalez had 61 yards on six carries. Orta was 7 of 19 for 93 yards.

The victory sends the Coyotes into their bye week with a 2-0 record. The Brahmas fell to 0-2