This week was set up by design.

Following three-straight weeks of football, Alice set up a bye week before the start of District 15-5A, Div. II. That means a two-week break before the Coyotes play in their district opener against the Tuloso-Midway Warriors.

Almost every high school team plans their bye week the same way, but given the way things worked out, Alice coach Kyle Atwood believes the Coyotes’ bye is most beneficial.

Aside from the obvious rest and additional time to prepare for next week’s game, the bye comes on the heels of a thrilling 20-15 come-from-behind victory over the Rockport-Fulton Pirates.

Atwood said he hopes his program feeds off the victory, and uses it to improve.

“I think it helps our mentality and mindset as we go into the week,” Atwood said of the bye week following the win against Rockport-Fulton. “You obviously want to win going into your bye week and you want to win going into district play just to carry that momentum.”

After leading the Pirates for most of the game, Alice said their lead disappear in the fourth quarter by a 15-point push by the Pirates. Alice fell behind with just over two minutes left to play, but they managed to drive nearly the length of the field and convert the opportunity into points with a 26-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Isaiah Aguilar to receiver Waylon Moore with 54 seconds left in the game.

Atwood said the extra week is being spent on improving on fundamentals and preparing for the Tuloso-Midway game.