CORPUS CHRISTI — Sooner or later, the Alice Coyotes were bound to find their offense. The way Alice coach Kyle Atwood saw it, it was only a matter of time.

And fortunately for them, the Coyotes found their offensive groove just in time to beat Corpus Christi Ray, 27-7, in a crucial 30-5A North Zone match-up Thursday night.

Alice, who had struggled with offensive consistency, totaled 360 yards, most of which came by air. Senior quarterback Trey Jaramillo had his best night so far this season. He completed 10 of 24 passes for 212 yards. He connected with seven different receivers. He also carried the ball 17 times for a total of 16 yards and three touchdowns. He scored twice on one-yard runs and once from four yards out.

Not only did the Ray game mark the start of North Zone play. The contest was also Alice’s first time back on the field following last week’s 49-21 blowout loss to Flour Bluff. The sting of their first loss of the season was still fresh and provided extra incentive to play well against the Texans.

“Big win… You know when you lose like that, you have to bounce back and keep on grinding,” Jaramillo said. “That’s what we did and got the win.

“Coming into this game, we know it was going to be a big game for us. We knew had to work and we knew we had to grind. Every day in practice, we’d say this was going to be the biggest game of our season right here. We worked hard every day and got the W.”

Alice receiver Devyn Orta certainly gave Alice a “big game” performance. The back-up quarterback-turned-receiver had a trio of impressive catches. His first went for a 39-yard touchdown in the first quarter and his other two provided the Coyotes with yardage and momentum later in the ball game. Orta ended the game with three catches for 101 yards. He is the first Alice receiver to finish with more than 100 yards in a game this season.

Orta was one of seven receivers to catch a pass in the game. R.J. Galvan had two catches for 43 yards and Alex Gonzales had two for 13 yards. Orlando Espinoza had one for 34.

Contrary to the outcome, it was the Texans who came out firing first. Ray put together a 12-play 77-yard scoring drive. Back-up quarterback Bryan Breckenridge ended the drive with a 10-yard jaunt into the end zone midway through the first.

Alice answered with a drive of its own which was capped by the 39-yard scoring pass from Jaramillo to Orta.

The Coyotes were able to move the ball with a balanced attack. The ground game was led by a stable of backs including Ismael Cantu, Gonzales, Espinoza and Marc Garcia. Cantu led the way with nine carries for 51 yards.

Defensively, the Coyotes smothered the Texans for much of the way. They held the Texans to only 10 first downs and 219 yards of total offense.

The outcome puts the Coyotes back in the win column after last week’s dismal loss to Flour Bluff. Alice is 4-1 for the season and 1-0 in the North Zone standings. The Coyotes have another North Zone game at home Friday when they face-off against Corpus Christi Miller.