With three games to go and the Alice Coyotes fresh off a stunning 10-0 loss to Somerset, the next few weeks are crucial.

Simply put, win two out of the three and the Coyotes are likely in the state playoff for the second time in two years. Lose more than one and Alice football season like ends in the final week of the regular season.

It’s a frustrating predicament for an Alice team that at times has been stellar and seemingly a remake of last year’s teams that went three rounds deep in the postseason.

The Coyotes downfall is their two losses in the last three weeks. After three straight early in the season, Alice suffered a 49-40 loss in a thriller against Port Lavaca-Calhoun. The Coyotes appeared to rebound by blowing out Floresville, 52-18, a week later. However, Somerset stunned Alice Friday with a 10-0 loss Friday.

Alice, which totaled 1,145 yards and 92 points in its last two games leading up to the Somerset game, 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.

Aside from the crushing loss, the setback has the Coyotes in a hole, and it’s a spot that they can only get out off by winning, Alice head coach Kyle Atwood said.

“We’re in a must-win situation now, especially with Southside and G-P,” Atwood said. “You know, we’re going to have to win those games in order to get into the playoffs. Obviously, we’d like to win the next three, but we need to focus on Southside right now. We’re in a must-win situation with against Southside.”

Alice has a road game against San Antonio Southside Friday, followed by a home game against first-place Calallen next week and their season finale against Gregory-Portland after that.

In Southside, Alice is facing a team that also has its sights set on the postseason. The Cardinals are 5-2 for the season and 2-2 in District 15-5A, Div. II. They have district wins against Tuloso-Midway and Gregory-Portland . Their losses include a 27-7 loss to Calallen and 17-16 loss to Somerset.

The Cardinals are only allowing an average of 13 points a game.

District 15-5A, Div. II

Calallen 4-0 and 6-1

Port Lavaca Calhoun 4-0 and 6-1

Somerset 3-1 and 6-1

SA Southside 2-2 and 5-2

Alice 2-2 and 4-3

Gregory-Portland 1-3 and 4-3

Floresville 0-4 and 2-4

Tuloso-Midway 0-4 and 2-5