Alice jumps 23 spots after victory

Pete Garcia, Jim Wells County Correspondent

The Premont Cowboys' 40-0 shutout loss to the Taft Greyhounds Friday night was a costly one.

After the loss on the road, the Cowboys dropped from No. 205 in the Week 1 ratings to No. 212 this week.

Things aren't getting much easier this week as the Cowboys will host unbeaten George West.

Nearby, the Corpus Christi King Mustangs provided the Alice Coyotes with their sternest challenge up to this point of the season. And, Alice's win over King reflected that on the Week 3 Harris Ratings Weekly.

After beating the Mustangs, 34-19, in Buccaneer Stadium Friday night, the Coyotes shot up the Class 4A ratings from No. 76 a week ago to No. 53 this week. Alice began the season as the No. 86-ranked team in Class 4A. After their Zero Week victory over Laredo Cigarroa, Alice went to 83 before going to 76 last week.

The 23-spot jump is Alice's largest on the Harris Ratings Weekly since 1998.

The No. 53 rating also makes Alice, which is a perfect 3-0 this season, the third-highest rated 4A team in South Texas. Only Calallen and Beeville - both playoff teams from a year ago - are rated higher than Alice. Calallen is rated No. 9 and Beeville is No. 18.

Gregory-Portland, which is rated No. 64 in Class 4A, will travel to Alice to take on the Coyotes in Memorial Stadium Friday night. It is Alice's first home game since hosting Cigarroa on Aug. 31. The Wildcats fell to 64 from 55 last week after losing to Corpus Christi Carroll Friday night.