After seeing his team’s offense and defense go head-to-head in an intrasquad scrimmage Saturday, Alice coach Kyle Atwood is sure of two things — the Coyotes have plenty of carryover from the spring and the program is further along than it was this time last year.

It all has Alice’s second-year coach feeling optimistic about the Coyotes’ progress this preseason.

“I felt good about it,” Atwood said. “We had a good spring and we finished off with a really good spring game in May. We had 16 practices leading up to that spring game. Leading up to our intrasquad scrimmage, we had only five practices, and I don’t think we had any drop-off. I think we picked up right where we left off.”

The Coyotes’ first and only preseason scrimmage is Friday against the Flour Bluff Hornets.

The junior varsity and freshmen scrimmages are both at 5 p.m. in Memorial Stadium in Alice. Both scrimmages are set for the same time on different ends of the field. The junior varsity scrimmage is set for the north-end, while the freshman scrimmage is set for the south end. The teams will run as many plays as possible through a 50-minute segment.

The varsity scrimmage begins at 6:15 p.m. The two former District 30-5A opponents will have a controlled scrimmage before playing a “live” quarter of football which will include special teams.

Atwood said for Alice, the “live” quarter is the most important aspect of the scrimmage because it allows the team to work on transitioning on and off the field, something that often creates confusion early in the season.

“In our first game last year, we had different instances where we were on the field for a punt or a punt return or kickoff and we didn’t have everybody on the field,” he said. “We were playing on the field with 10 players sometimes. One time, we had only nine. That live quarter allows us to work on transition. It’s something that we haven’t done since last season.”

Atwood said Alice will run its basic offense and defense against Flour Bluff.

“We know what we can do, so it isn’t going to be a matter of doing everything that day,” he said. “We’re not going to show a lot of stuff. We don’t have any reason to. We’ll be pretty basic.”

Alice begins the regular season a week later on Aug. 31 with a home game against Laredo Alexander.