There wasn’t one thing that doomed the Alice Coyotes Friday night.

Instead, it was s series of bad breaks and big plays by Laredo Alexander which led to a 22-6 loss in the Coyotes’ first game of the season.

It began on Alexander’s first possession. The Coyotes stopped the Bulldogs to set up a fourth down and four at the Alexander 46-yard line. The Bulldogs lined up for a punt but then ran a fake for a first down. Four plays later, quarterback Matthew Connor connected with a leaping Alex Ali in the end zone for the 31-yard touchdown pass with 8:19 left in the first quarter

Alice came back with its first possession which they drove to the Alexander 10-yard line behind big runs by quarterback Isaiah Aguilar and passes to A.J. Moreno and Waylon Moore. On their first play from the 10, Alice was penalized for a false start and the drive fizzled out from there.

After trading possessions through the remainder of the first half, Conner struck again, this time for a 34-yard touchdown pass to Albert Laurel, who out-jumped Alice defenders for the scoring catch. The touchdown came with only 15 seconds remaining in the first half.

The Bulldogs used two personal foul penalties against Alice to sustain their first drive of the second half. They were able to move the ball deep into Alice territory before Camilo Pedraza scored on a one-yard run. Alice blocked the extra-point attempt, but Alexander still led, 20-0.

Alice was able to get in the end zone in the fourth quarter on a 45-yard touchdown pass from Aguilar to Moore with 11:54 left in the fourth quarter. It was a touchdown pass set up by a solid run by R.J. Salaiz. Alice tried for two points but the conversion attempt failed.

The Coyotes seemed to gain momentum from the score, and they were able to again stop the Bulldogs’ next possession. They again set up a fourth down, but again Alexander was able to convert to keep the drive alive. They didn’t score, but they were able to consume the clock and yardage. When the Bulldogs did punt, they pinned Alice back at its own 1-yard line. The poor field position led to a safety, which extended Alexander’s lead to 22-6.

It was a sluggish night for the Coyotes’ offense, which was held to nine first downs and 180 yards.

Aguilar was Alice’s offensive leader. He carried the ball 14 times for 68 yards. He also completed 11 of 20 passes for 96 yards.

Alice coach Kyle Atwood, whom last year guided Alice to a 9-4 season and two playoff victories, said Friday’s loss was a tough one.

“I was disappointed in our play a little bit and disappointed in our execution,” Atwood said. “The kids fought hard for 48 minutes, but that’s a good ball club over there.”

Atwood said he knew the Bulldogs would pose a serious challenge, and he hopes his team benefits from the experience.

“We knew it coming it. They returned eight starters offensively and six defensively,” he said. “That’s a 6A school that has a lot more kids than us and they went two rounds deep in the playoffs last year. We want to play competition in the preseason to set us up for a good tough district instead of playing someone that we can just roll over.”

Alexander totaled 140 yards in rushing and another 196 in passing. Connor completed 14 of 29 passes for 196 yards. Pedraza was the Bulldogs’ leading rusher with 15 carries for 82 yards. Laurel had five catches for 103 yards.

“There are some things that we were disappointed in,” Atwood said. “They had four fourth-down conversions, two on fake punts and two on offensive possessions We’d move the ball, move the ball, move the ball and then have a false start or a busted play. It was just little things.”

Alice is playing on the road Friday against H.M. King at Javelina Stadium at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. The Brahmas lost a 7-3 decision to Tuloso-Midway Friday night.