Alice Coyotes (6-4) @ Edcouch-Elsa (9-1)


WHO: District 32-4A champion Edcouch-Elsa. WHAT: Class 4A Bi-District Playoff Game.

WHERE: Yellow Jackets Stadium in Edcouch-Elsa. WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16.

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Yellow Jackets website asks for margin of victory v. AHS

Pete Garcia, Alice Echo-News Journal

To say the Edcouch-Elsa Yellow Jackets have a proud a program would be an huge understatement.

After all, the Yellowjackets are an icon of Rio Grande Valley High School football and have a win-streak of 32-straight District 32-4A to prove it.

And the team and its fans, known down south as La Maquina Amarilla, are as confident as the valley is large.

On an Edcouch-Elsa Yellow Jackets fan website, fans aren't asked how their team matches up against the Alice Coyotes in their Class 4A bi-district game Friday night. Instead, a poll question on the site asks for viewers to chip in their thoughts on the Yellow Jackets' margin of victory against the Coyotes.

Welcome to La Maquina Amarilla.

But here in Alice, where the Coyotes are still reeling from their first playoff bid since 2001, there is confidence and plenty of excitement to match that found in Edcouch-Elsa. Tickets for the game are being bought by the bunches, and at Alice High School, several hundred orange playoff T-shirts sold in no time.

It's all very representative of the mood of the program itself.

Alice head coach Brent Davis acknowledges how well the Yellow Jackets (9-1) have played this season, but he said Edcouch-Elsa is no better than the competition Alice faced this season.

"Oh they're good," Davis said. "They're the best team in the valley, as far as 4A is concerned. We're going to have to play well to beat them, but I don't think they're better than the teams we've played. They aren't better than Flour Bluff, Calallen or Kingsville or Gregory-Portland."

Davis, who saw the Yellow Jackets' 21-17 win against Mission Veterans Saturday night, compared the Yellowjackets to a combination of Gregory-Portland and Flour Bluff.

"We're evenly matched," Davis said. "I think some of the things they do could give us trouble, and I think some of what we do, especially on defense where we're peaking, is going to give them trouble."

The Yellow Jackets' gameplan surrounds quarterback Eric Nino. Against Mission Veterans, he scored a late touchdown to clinch the victory.

Edcouch-Elsa has an offense which averages 346 yards a game, and Nino accounts for most of that.

He leads the team in rushing with 117 carries for 718 yards and 10 touchdowns. He's also thrown for 590 yards and six touchdowns.

"He's good," Davis said of Nino.

"He's really what makes them go. He throws the ball well and he likes to scramble. If he doesn't like what he sees, he'll take off. We're going to have to contain him."