The football rested at the one-yard line in the third overtime period Friday night. All Alice needed to put Mission Sharyland away was to cross the goal line.

With the game — the season — on the line, Alice quarterback Trey Jaramillo took the snap and rushed straight up the middle and into the teeth of the Rattlers’ defense. Maybe it was Alice’s will or the will of the thousands of Coyote fans who filled the stands in Memorial Stadium, but the pile moved clear into the end zone for the game-winning touchdown. It might as well have kept moving forward all the way to the San Antonio Alamodome, because that’s where the win against Sharyland is taking the Coyotes.

With the 42-39 victory against the Rattlers, the Coyotes move to the Class 5A, Region IV quarterfinals where they will meet undefeated Austin McCallum (12-0) at noon Saturday in the Alamodome.

The touchdown plunge also brought to an end a furious three and a half hours of back-and-forth football filled with multiple lead changes.

Alice (9-3) had 26 first downs and 495 yards of total offense and Sharyland (9-3) had 20 first downs and 439 yards of total offense. However, when it came down to it, the game was decided in the final seconds of regulation time and then again in each overtime period.

It was Alice's second overtime game this season. Alice lost to North Zone opponent Gregory-Portland in overtime in October. However, the experience helped the Coyotes Friday night, coach Kyle Atwood said.

“That defeat against Gregory-Portland gave us an opportunity to see how things worked in overtime and what we needed to do to come out on top," Atwood said.

The teams entered the fourth quarter tied, 21-21. Sharyland quarterback Oscar Valdez put the Rattlers ahead on a 13-yard touchdown run with 9:09 left in the fourth quarter. It capped a stretch in the game in which the Rattlers seemingly moved the ball with ease.

The Coyotes were finally able to come up with stops in each of Sharyland’s next two possessions. The last stop was the most important though, because it gave Alice the ball back for one last possession with 1:43 left in the game. Jaramillo was able to find openings and make his way down field. Jaramillo also connected with R.J. Galvan and take advantage of some big gains by running back Alex Gonzales.  The Coyotes caught a break when the Rattlers were flagged for a facemask penalty which resulted in a first-and-goal at the 9-yard line.

Ismael Cantu, Alice's power back, eventually ended the drive with a powerful three-yard run. The point after kick by Alex Gonzalez tied the game at 28-28 and sent the contest into overtime.

The Coyotes kept the Rattlers out of the end zone in the first overtime period and had a chance to win it, but they missed a 27-yard field goal attempt.

Alice scored in the second overtime period with a fake field goal which led to an 18-yard touchdown pass from Sean Chapa to Domingo Mendoza. Running back Robert Montalvo then took the ball in for a two-point conversion. It looked like the Coyotes were set to win it, but the Rattlers answered with a three-yard touchdown run by Oscar Valdez and a Valdez two-point pass to Blake Klein to tie the game again.

Sharyland began the third overtime period and scored on a 38-yard field goal.

Jaramillo led Alice’s charge in the third overtime period. He eventually finished off the possession with the one-yard scoring run.

Jaramillo had the bulk of Alice’s carries, running the ball 33 times for 167 yards. Gonzales had 57 yards on 13 carries. Jaramillo also completed 19 of 32 passes for 243 yards.

Galvan had nine catches for 115 yards and A.J. Moreno had five catches for 58 yards. Orlando Espinoza had two catches for 52 yards.

It was the Coyotes fourth-straight home game and their fourth-straight win.

Alice jumped out to a 13-0 lead in the first quarter off back-to-back Jaramillo touchdown runs. Sharyland seemingly came to life in the second quarter with two touchdowns to take a 14-0 lead.

Sharyland pulled ahead in the third, but Alice came back with a 14-yard run by Gonzales. The Coyotes picked up a two-point conversion with a Jaramillo pass to A.J. Moreno.

“I’ve never been in a game like this before or experienced anything like this before,” Galvan said. “It’s like fans came out of everywhere, and it was like a 12th man for us for sure. They brought an electricity to the field and it was like we won it for our fans.”