Alice’s plan for Friday’s game is to move the ball consistently and continue to improve defensively.

Expect to see Alice balanced on offense and expect to see an up-tempo attack. On defense, the Coyotes will blitz and stunt more than they did in last week’s scrimmage against Flour Bluff.

Alice will do all of this while still remaining conservative. They aren’t planning on opening up the playbook entirely to prevent tipping their hand to anyone in the newly-formed District 15-5A, Div. II.

Coach Kyle Atwood, who last year saw his Alice offense steadily improve to one of the area’s more potent squads, said the new district includes playoff-caliber teams. Saving something for those games might give the Coyotes a slight advantage later in the season in games that matter to the district playoff standings.

“We’re in a smaller district this year going from an 11-team district to an eight-team district, but there are still some powerhouses in there like Calallen, Port Lavaca-Calhoun, Somerset which went a couple of rounds in the 4A playoffs last year, G-P is always solid and T-M has gotten much better,” Atwood said.

District 15-5A, Div. II includes Alice, Calallen, Floresville, Gregory-Portland, Port Lavaca-Calhoun, San Antonio Southside, Somerset and Tuloso-Midway.

Atwood said he wants to keep Alice’s offense basic through the non-district part of the schedule.

“We’re really going to try and keep it basic and hold back in our first three games. Do we want to win Friday? Absolutely, but it isn’t the end all, be all. We’re going to keep things basic until district," Atwood said.

The Coyotes open the season Friday night at home against Laredo Alexander. Alice is playing H.M. King next week at Texas A&M Kingsville’s Javelina Stadium. The Coyotes wrap up non-district play at home on Sept. 14 against Rockport-Fulton.