Friday represents the Alice Coyotes’ first and only dress rehearsal for the coming season.
Alice will square off against former 30-5A rival Flour Bluff in a preseason scrimmage Friday in Memorial Stadium.
The two teams' junior varsity and freshman squads are going head-to-head on opposite ends of the stadium at 5 p.m. The junior varsity scrimmage is on the north side of the stadium and the freshmen are on the south side. The two scrimmages will last about 50 minutes. The varsity scrimmage is set for 6:15 p.m.
The varsity will run a series of plays with their first and second teams before playing in a “live quarter” which will include special teams play.
Alice coach Kyle Atwood said every practice and scrimmage is important this close to the start of the season, but for the Coyotes the contest provides an opportunity to see everyone on its roster on the field.
“We don’t have a lot of depth this season, so staying healthy is really important,” he said. “Being able to play 48 minutes is going to be key for us this year.”
Look for the Coyotes, who open the season next Friday at home against Laredo Alexander, to rely mostly on their base offense and defense against Flour Bluff, Atwood said.
Alice played Flour Bluff in a District 30-5A crossover game in 2017 and lost, 49-21. It was the Coyotes’ first loss of the season. The Hornets went 10-2 last season and 3-1 in the South Zone.
The UIL realignment in February moved Flour Bluff to District 15-5A, Div. I. They now share the District with the six Corpus Christi ISD schools and Victoria East and West. The Hornets are returning three starters on offense and six on defense.
The Hornets, with returning starting quarterback Braden Shermon, pose a stern early-season challenge for the Coyotes’ defense. Braden passed for 1,771 yards and 21 touchdowns and rushed for 750 yards and 11 touchdowns last season.