When they talk about Alice getting into the playoffs and what has to happen for the Coyotes to see the postseason, the one factor that gets overlooked and taken for granted is Tuloso-Midway.

The best scenarios have Alice winning Friday and then waiting to see what happens between Gregory-Portland and Corpus Christi Ray.

However, it should be noted that while Alice is arguably coming off of its best effort of the season in last week’s 21-0 loss to state-ranked Calallen, the Warriors are also fresh off a decent outing.

Playing the playoff-minded Wildcats, the Warriors put together a 26-point second quarter. Tuloso-Midway ended up losing, 50-32, but it was a one-score game into the fourth quarter.

Tuloso-Midway quarterback Benjamyn Honda completed 13 of 40 passes for 313 yards and one touchdown. He also rushed for 40 yards on 18 carries. Running back Brendan Baham and Isaiah Rodriguez each scored two rushing touchdowns.

As far as Alice’s playoff chances go, a win over Tuloso-Midway Friday at home assures the Coyotes of a spot in an InterZone play-in game. However, who Alice plays depends on how everyone else finishes Friday night.

The perfect scenario for Alice would be to finish the North Zone in second place. That would square Alice’s up against the South Zone’s third-place team, which is likely Moody. However, since Alice, Gregory-Portland and Ray are each tied in the zone standings with 2-2 records, for the Coyotes to claim second they must beat Tuloso-Midway Friday and hope for Ray to knock-off Gregory-Portland on that same night.

Alice (5-3, 2-2) is still in with a win over Tuloso-Midway and a Ray loss, however, that scenario would put the Coyotes in third place in the North which would give them an InterZone game against Flour Bluff, which beat Alice, 49-21, in September.

The Coyotes can still earn a spot in an InterZone play-in game if they lose to Tuloso-Midway and Gregory-Portland (5-3, 3-1) beats Ray (4-4, 2-2).