KINGSVILLE — All is good in Alice again.
The Alice Coyotes bounced back from last week's season-opening loss to Laredo Alexander by completely dominating longtime rival H.M. King Friday night in Javelina Stadium at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.
The Coyote' opened things up offensively by scoring three times in the second quarter and scoring two unanswered touchdowns in the second half to beat the Brahmas, 39-7.
It was a breakout game for quarterback Isaiah Aguilar, a junior, who completed nine of 22 passes for 265 yards. He had a rushing touchdown and four touchdown passes. He was intercepted twice.
The Coyotes struck first with a short pass from Aguilar to Devyn Orta, who caught the ball along the sideline, stiff-armed a defender and sprinted in for a 62-yard score.
Unlike last week when poor field position hampered the Coyotes' offense, it worked in their favor Friday night. The Coyotes forced the Brahmas to punt into a stiff south breeze from deep in their own end of the field. The short punt was fielded by senior Sean Chapa who ran it back to the Kingsville 17-yard line. Senior running back Ismael Cantu finished the possession with a two-yard plunge into the end zone.
The Coyotes extended their lead with a 53-yard pass play from Aguilar to senior receiver A.J. Moreno midway through the second.
The Brahmas took advantage of two pass interference penalties against Alice to set up a two-yard touchdown run by running back Ethan Bazan with 5:53 remaining in the second quarter. However, any momentum Kingsville hoped to build from the score was wiped out by immediately on the ensuing kickoff which R.J. Salaiz ran back to the Brahma 47-yard line.
A string of carries by Cantu, including one for a fourth down conversion, moved the ball to the 5-yard line to set up a touchdown run by Aguilar.
Aguilar had a 33-yard touchdown pass to Salaiz in the third and a 35-yard touchdown score to Mendoza in the fourth.
Alice's defense gave up 213 rushing yards but held the Brahmas to only one score. The Coyotes forced three turnovers.
Kingsville quarterback Tarance Carter had 111 rushing yards on 17 carries.
The Coyotes finished the game with 334 yards.
The win improves the Coyotes to 1-1 for the season going into next week's match-up at home in Memorial Stadium against Rockport-Fulton. The game against the Pirates is Alice's final non-district game before a bye and the start of District 15-5A, Div. II against Tuloso-Midway on Thursday, Sept. 27.