There won't be any touchdowns in Memorial Stadium Friday night. In fact, there won't be a game at all Friday because of the possibility of tropical weather.
The game between the Alice Coyotes and Rockport-Fulton Pirates was moved from Friday to Thursday because of the weather. The game is now set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Memorial Stadium, Alice head coach Kyle Atwood said.
The decision to move the game was made by Alice superintendent Dr. Carl Scarbrough and Rockport-Fulton administrators who were being advised by meteorologists.
A tropical disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico is expected to make landfall in the Coastal Bend area as early as Friday morning. The National Weather Service is predicting wind gusts if between 45 and 55 miles per hour. The storm is also expected to have a storm surge along the coast and widespread periods of rain lasting as long as six to eight hours.
The Alice and Rockport-Fulton game wasn't the only game moved. San Diego and West Oso moved their game from Friday night in San Diego's Vaqueros Stadium to Cowboys Stadium in Premont on Thursday, San Diego coach Bo Ochoa said.
The incoming weather is something Alice coaches had been monitoring this week because of the threat of heavy rain. Moreover, this week's game is important to the Alice program since it is its final non-district game before next week's bye and the start of District 15-5A, Div. II a week later.
"We only get three non-district games so we want to do everything we can to get that game in," Atwood said. "If it were another game at another time it would be different, but we have a bye week next week, so we want to do anything we can to play this week."
Alice has had to contend with wet conditions all week since weekend rains flooded the Alice High School practice fields. Monday's football practices were held in the school's gym.