Alice Coyotes (4-3/1-1) at Flour Bluff Hornets (4-3/1-1)

WHEN : 7:30 p.m. Friday. WHERE : Hornets Stadium in Flour Bluff

LAST WEEK : Alice 28, T-M 3. Calallen 42, Flour Bluff 21.

Some play for pride; others playoffs

Coyotes need to win two of next three games

Pete Garcia, Alice Echo-News Journal

Just off U.S. Highway 281 under the bright lights of Ben Bolt's Barrera Stadium, the Badgers and the Agua Dulce Longhorns are set to do battle in a rivalry which is as old as anyone can remember.

This is different than many of those played in the past in that neither of the two Class 1A programs are vying for the playoffs. Ben Bolt is 1-6 and 0-2 in District 31-A, while Agua Dulce is 3-5 and 1-1. The only thing on the line tonight are bragging rights and pride.

That isn't the case everywhere tonight in Week 8 of the South Texas high school football season. With tonight's games and two more weeks remaining in the regular season, there are a handful of area teams playing for a playoff spot or to at least remain in the postseason hunt.

In Flour Bluff, the Alice Coyotes and Hornets will meet in a contest which will determine the front-runner for the district runner-up spot. With the state-ranked Calallen Wildcats (7-0) comfortably in front of the 31-4A pack, the winner of the Alice-Flour Bluff game is alone in second place in the standings.

While not out of the playoff chase, the loser will have to win its next two games to maybe clinch the second runner-up spot.

After tonight's Flour Bluff game, the Coyotes have a home game against Kingsville (3-4, 1-1) followed by the last game of their regular-season schedule at Robstown (2-5, 1-1)

In District 30-3A, the Orange Grove Bulldogs (6-1, 2-0) are taking on the Ingleside Mustangs (6-1, 2-0) on the round. The West Oso Bears (6-1, 2-0) still figure in the mix, but the winner of the Orange Grove-West Oso game moves in front of the pack for the championship.