The Alice Coyotes had to wait an extra week before starting August football, but when they finally did get on the field in the wee hours of Monday morning, they seemed sharp, crisp and comfortable.

It may be a product of the program’s renewed confidence after surprising the area with one of the top offenses and stingiest defenses in the Coastal Bend last year.

It could also be because the program has momentum from a productive spring football season and a strong summer, coach Kyle Atwood said.

IN THE HUDDLE: Alice has some high expectations after last season’s run to the third round of the Class 5A state playoffs. Alice was 9-4 for the season and 4-2 in district play. This season, Alice is 15-5A, Div. II. Some of the old rivals like Calallen and Gregory-Portland. There are also some new district foes that the Coyotes will have to contend with like Port Lavaca, Floresville, Southside and Somerset.

WHO’S WHO: The Coyotes have a number of players to watch this season. Offensively, senior Devyn Orta and junior Isaiah Aguilar are vying for the role of starting quarterback. Atwood said it's a good position to be in, and regardless of who starts at QB, both players will find their way onto the field. Alice has some quality receivers in A.J. Moreno and Domingo Mendoza, and Ismael Cantu leads the backfield. Defensively, Alice is led by senior defensive back Sean Chapa. Up front, the Coyotes have defensive end Sergio Sandoval.

FIRST GAME: Laredo Alexander at Alice, 7:30 p.m.