FLOUR BLUFF — On the night in which District 30-5A brought its two zones together to decide the 2016 championship, the Flour Bluff Hornets were one of two teams vying for the title.

At almost the midway point of the 2017 season, the Hornets are making a pretty case as to why they should be in the big game again this season.

Flour Bluff remained undefeated and improved to 4-0 at the Alice Coyotes’ expense Thursday night. The Hornets used a dominant ground game and took advantage of open passing lanes to beat the Coyotes, 49-21. It was Alice's first loss of the season.

The final statistics show an almost even game. The Hornets ended the game with 366 total yards of offense, just one yard more than Alice’s total of 365. Flour Bluff had 227 rushing yards and 139 in passing, while Alice had 235 rushing yards and 130 in passing.

However, the contest was one-sided on the field. The Hornets’ offense pushed the Coyotes’ defense around, especially early on. With a run-heavy attack, they scored on their first three possessions. And by design, the Hornets’ running game opened up passing opportunities.

The Hornets scored on their first possession with a drive capped off by a 13-yard run by quarterback Braden Sherron. Sherron finished the Hornets’ next two drives with touchdown passes of 12 and 50 yards to Jacob Soliz.

The Coyotes were trailing 21-0 with just two minutes left in the first quarter before picking up their first first down. That possession ended in a fumble as the quarter ended.

Alice’s offense had two opportunities to score early in the second quarter, but they were unable to convert field position into points. The Coyotes did score on a 34-yard field goal by Alejandro Gonzalez with 4:24 left in the second quarter.

With Alice’s secondary struggling to hang on, Sherron responded to Alice’s field goal with a 32-yard touchdown pass to Chris Evaristo.

The Coyotes continued to struggle offensively, but Alice received a gift when Flour Bluff fumbled the ball on their ensuing possession. The loose ball was picked up by Alejandro Cancino and returned 36 yards for a touchdown.

However, with halftime approaching, the Hornets made sure Alice didn’t make too much of the momentum swing. Sherron finished the first half with a 15-yard touchdown pass to D’Andre Hayes as time expired.

Kevin Burlingame padded the Hornets’ lead in the third quarter with a 19-yard run.

The Coyotes had some second-half points on a 24-yard field goal by Gonzalez and a 10-yard touchdown run by Ismael Cantu.

The Hornets responded to the Coyotes’ last touchdown by scoring on a 50-yard kickoff return.

Sherron finished the game by completing eight of 12 passes for 139 yards and three touchdowns. Burlingame led all rushers with 19 carries for 159 yards.

The Coyotes used seven ball carriers. Cantu led Alice in rushing with three carries for 80 yards in the second half. Quarterback Trey Jaramillo carried the ball 16 times for 42 yards. He also completed seven of 17 passes for 121 yards.