It’s not often that the bible of Texas high school football throws outright praise your way, so when it happens, it’s certainly worth mentioning.

On the eve of the 2017 high school football playoff season, Dave Campbell’s Texas Football has singled the Alice Coyotes out as a “Sleeper” in Class 5A, Region IV.

On the Texas Football website at wwww.texasfootball.com, the story identifies Sleepers as “Under-the-radar teams.”

According to the story, Alice is the kind of team which travels well with a loyal and loud fan base. It also mentions Alice’s 21-0 match against state-ranked Calallen as an indication of the team's potential.

“If you’ve ever attended an Alice playoff game, you know the Coyotes travel and bring the noise. Alice played Calallen as close as just about anyone this year, losing, 21-0, and while the goose egg there is dismaying, scoring hasn’t been an issue against anyone else, and the Coyotes’ draw is certainly favorable. They’d have to spring an upset in the third round to reach the regional final, but their fans just might carry them from there if they need it. Seriously, they’re that good (and loud),” the story states.

The 7-3 Coyotes are beginning the state playoffs with a home game at 8 p.m. Friday against 6-4 Floresville.

The loss to Calallen is the only time this season that Alice has been held scoreless. In the 48-27 win against Corpus Christi Moody in the District 30-5A InterZone playoff game, the Coyotes totaled 446 yards of total offense, including 373 passing yards. It was Alice’s highest offensive output of the season.