Down by 10 with just over four minutes left to play, the Alice Coyotes put it all on the line.

It was fourth-and-10 from their own end of the field. Desperate for a big play, the snap went straight to running back R.J. Salaiz then pitched it to receiver A.J. Moreno who then heaved it to quarterback Isaiah Aguilar. It’s the kind of play that’s made the Coyotes a dangerous offensive team at times this season. However, this time this pass was batted away by Somerset defensive back Jose Flores.

It was one of those trying games for the Coyotes Friday night. There was still some four minutes left in the game, but Somerset was able to smother Alice the rest of the way for a 10-0 win.

Alice, which totaled 1,145 yards and 92 points in its last two games leading up to Friday night, was shutout for the first time since 2013. The Coyotes were limited to only 166 total yards by the Bulldogs. Aguilar, who torched opposing defenses for 784 passing yards in the last two weeks, was held to only 65 yards by Somerset.

Alice coach Kyle Atwood said it was a tough night for the Coyotes offensively.

“It was difficult,” Atwood said. “Weather was a little bit of a factor, but I wouldn’t say it was that much of a factor. We played like we hadn’t played before, really. Miscues at the quarterback position with a couple of reads and then some balls that were thrown out of the reach of receivers’ hands, a lot of dropped balls, Up front, some miscues on the offensive line with our steps. Running backs didn’t hit the hole the right way and then they went the wrong direction a couple of times. I don’t know exactly what the deal was. I don’t know what we owe that to.

“Somerset is a good football team, but we simply did not execute at all offensively.”

The Coyotes had some chances. They had a 20-yard touchdown run by Aguilar called back because of a holding penalty. They also had deep passes, which normally hit throughout the season, fall incomplete.

Somerset got on the scoreboard when they capped off their first drive with a 27-yard field goal by kicker Jose Flores.

Alice struggled to get going offensively, but caught a break late in the second quarter when free safety Sean Chapa intercepted a Daniel Ramos pass and ran it back to the Bulldogs’ 36-yard line. The Coyotes missed a shot in the end zone with a deep pass from Aguilar to Waylon Moore. Aguilar later broke free and sprinted into the end zone for what appeared to be a 20-yard touchdown run. However, the touchdown was called back because of a holding penalty.

Somerset eventually added to its lead in the fourth quarter when running back Hunter Hernandez weaved his way through the Alice defense for a 34-yard run to the Coyote 31-yard line. Alice appeared to pin Somerset in the drive, but Ramos escaped the Coyotes’ rush and completed a pass to Fabian Apaez. Alice was flagged for a personal foul to move even deeper in Alice territory and set up a four-yard scoring run by Hernandez.

With the outcome, the Coyotes fall in the District 15-5A, Div. II standings to 2-2 with three games left on their schedule. The Coyotes are on the road Friday night against Southside, which beat Gregory-Portland, 24-21.