It’s by far the Alice Coyotes’ biggest game to this point of the season — Port Lavaca-Calhoun.
Moreover, with the thick of the District 15-5A, Div. II season in front of both teams, a victory is key. Both teams are coming in off district-opening wins. Alice beat Tuloso-Midway, 26-8, Thursday night. Port Lavaca-Calhoun topped Gregory-Portland, 42-35.
Alice and Port-Lavaca Calhoun have identical 3-1 season records. They are both 1-0 in district.
The 15-5A, Div. II showdown is at 7:30 p.m. in Memorial Stadium.
Here is What You Ought To Know about the Coyotes and Sandcrabs:
1. HEAD-TO-HEAD: For all of the high school football that the Alice and Port Lavaca-Calhoun have played over the years, the two have met on the field only three times. Alice won all three. The last time the Coyotes and Sandcrabs played was in 1981. Alice won that game, 48-0. Alice also beat Port Lavaca-Calhoun a year earlier, 26-0. They also played in 1966. Alice won that game, 27-7.
2. THE COYOTES: While Alice struggled in the beginning of last week’s game against the T-M Warriors, the team did manage to put together its best offensive showing of the season. Behind another big passing night by junior quarterback Isaiah Aguilar and 121 yards in receiving and another 43 in rushing by running back R.J. Salaiz, the Coyotes totaled 432 yards, including 191 in rushing and 241 in passing. The Coyote defense also did it part, limiting the Warriors to only six points. For the season, the Alice defense is allowing less than 10 points a game.
3. THE SANDCRABS: The Port Lavaca-Calhoun Sandcrabs rely heavily on a Veer and Triple Option-style of offense. They make it work too. In four games this season, Port Lavaca-Calhoun has scored 145 points for an average of 36 points a game.
4. PORT LAVACA-CALHOUN 42, GREGORY-PORTLAND 35: With just over two minutes left in the third quarter, the Sandcrabs were sitting on a comfortable 42-14 lead over the Gregory-Portland Wildcats Friday night. G-P scored at the beginning of the forth and then stunned Port Lavaca-Calhoun with back-to-back onside kick recoveries, each of which led to Wildcat touchdowns. G-P then recovered a third onside kick — yes, a third-straight onside kick — to set-up a potential game-winning drive late in the game. The Sandcrabs preserved the win by intercepting a Wildcats' pass on the goal line with a little over a minute left in the game.
5. WHAT’S NEXT: Former Alice head football coach Van Tom Whatley used to refer to the thick of the Coyotes’ football schedule — the meat and potatoes of the season — as “murders' row.” That’s what is Alice is coming up on right now. After hosting Port Lavaca-Calhoun Friday, the Coyotes are on the road against Floresville the following week for a rematch of last season’s bi-district playoff game between the two teams. What follows is a home game against Somerset, a road game against Southside, a home game against Calallen and a road game against Gregory-Portland.