Alice dominates and blanks Hanna, 35-0

Pete Garcia, Alice Echo-News Journal

BROWNSVILLE - When the Hanna Golden Eagles finally caught a break late in Friday's game, the apparent setback only served as a prop for Alice to display running back Deon Hill.

A bad snap over the head of quarterback A.J. Benavides midway through the fourth quarter put the ball at the Alice 1-yard line. On the next play, Hill found a hole in Hanna's defense and raced to a 28-yard pick-up, just an ankle-tackle away from what would have been a 99-yard highlight. Two plays later, Hill again stunned the Golden Eagles by busting through for a 35-yard run, again coming a tackler away from the end zone. It would have capped off a game in which he already had touchdown runs of 19 and two yards.

"I have to practice getting my feet up on runs like that," Hill bashfully said afterwards.

There wasn't much else to critique in the way Alice dismantled Hanna. Yeah. That's the kind of game it was in Brownsville's Sams Stadium Thursday night. The Coyotes overwhelmed the Golden Eagles in the contest, 35-0.

The game was more lopsided in the first half when Alice raced out to a 28-point halftime lead.

The tone on this bright and sunny Rio Grande Valley afternoon was set on Alice's first drive. Facing a fourth-and-two at midfield, Alice lined up to punt, but the snap went to upback Mateo Gonzalez who ran to the outside and easily picked up the first down.

It was that easy, and so was the quick touchdown pass from Benavides to R.J. Gomez which followed.

"I wanted us to get the ball and score on that first drive," Davis said. "We stalled, but I didn't want to give the ball back to them. I wanted to take the momentum away from them in the beginning and we did."

The Coyotes converted another fourth down on their next possession to set Hill's first score.

Alice went ahead by a third touchdown following a Justin Guerrero interception. The drive which followed ended in a two-yard touchdown run by Guerrero.

Hanna penalties allowed Alice to drive before halftime and score on Hill's second touchdown run.