Any plot the Cottonpickers had to upset the Alice Coyotes and spoil their playoff plans was dashed in one play.
Alice used a reverse on its first play from scrimmage, which put Mateo Gonzalez in the end zone after a 50-yard jaunt. Just 22 seconds into Friday's game in Cottonpicker Stadium was all it took for Alice to go ahead of Robstown, and they stayed ahead on their way to a 40-0 win.
It was a victory that locked up third place in the District 31-4A standings and gave the Coyotes their first playoff berth since 2001. Alice will now face District 32-4A champion Edcouch-Elsa in the bi-district round of the playoffs on the road Friday night.
Head coach Brent Davis said he and offensive coordinator Kevin Crane talked about getting on top of the Cottonpickers early.
"I told (coach Crane) that if we got good field position in the opening kickoff, we needed to bust one," Davis said. "I thought it would set the tone and demoralize Robstown and it just worked out perfect."
That first play was representative of how most of the night went Alice's way. The Coyotes finished the game with 358 yards. Defensively, they contained the Cottonpickers like no one else had this season as Robstown was held to 91 yards. Robstown also didn't pick up a first down or even cross midfield until the third quarter.
After Alice's first score, Gonzalez helped pick up a two-point conversion when he completed a pass to A.J. Benavides, who was lined up at receiver.
The Coyotes went on to score twice more in the first quarter on a screen pass from Benavides to Justin Guerrero, which he carried 26 yards, and on a 30-yard pass to Jason Alvarez.
Benavides threw his third touchdown pass of the game in second quarter to
R.J. Gomez. The 23-yarder and the extra point gave Alice a 30-0 advantage at halftime.
In a second half that saw several back-ups on the field, the Coyotes scored on a 33-yard field goal by Guerrero and a seven-yard touchdown run by Jose