For an end-of-the-season game with zero playoff implications, Friday’s match-up against the Corpus Christi Moody Trojans sure means a lot to the Alice Coyote program.

First of all, the District 30-5A interzone game puts first Alice coach Justen Evans on opposite sidelines from his high school alma mater. It isn’t the first time he’s on the same field with the Trojans. As as the offensive coordinator at King in 2014 and 2015, Evans chalked up back-to-back wins against Moody. However, this time, it’s his first game against Moody as a head coach.

More importantly, Friday’s game is an opportunity for the Coyotes to finish with a 7-3 record, their best mark since 2013. Unfortunately, with zone play and an 11-team district, 7-3 isn’t good enough for the postseason, but it would still be a finish that the program can build on.

“We’re going to play hard like we have all year; finish this thing the right way,” Evans said. “We told the kids that we want to continue the foundation that we set here for this year and finish this season 7-3. And, we want to look to next year and continue to do great things here.”

Alice face a Moody team which has seen its share of struggles this season. They come into Friday’s game in Memorial Stadium with a 3-6 record, a couple of wins better than last season’s 1-9 campaign.

“They’re much better and much improved,” Evans said. “They’re going to be ready to play here Friday night.”

Moody suffered a 42-14 loss to the Flour Bluff Hornets Friday night. The Trojans totaled 267 yards of offense, but most of the yardage came late in the game with the Hornets already leading, 35-0.

Running back J.J. Kelley led the Trojans with 128 yards on 22 caries. Damon Moore had six carries for 80 yards, most of which came on 65-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.

They Hornets out up 469 yards on the Trojans and two 100-yard rushers.

Alice’s had a well-rounded performance against the Tuloso-Midway Warriors in a 48-0 victory Friday night. Quarterback Andres Barrios threw for four touchdowns and 306 yards passing, while the Coyotes defense held on for its first shutout of the season.

The Coyotes totaled 504 yards. It was a dramatic difference from their previous four games in which they scored a combined 23 points.