SAN ANTONIO — The Alice Coyotes were hoping for a rebound performance Friday night following the stunning loss to Somerset a week ago.

The Cardinals from San Antonio Southside had something else in mind. Alice had six turnovers and Southside was able to score three times in three different quarters to run away with a lopsided 73-28 victory.

It was Alice’s second-straight loss and their third loss in four games.

Behind quarterback Alejandro Escamilla, the Cardinals came out firing. He completed 11 of 16 passes for 234 yards in the first half. He also led Southside to a 42-28 halftime lead. Alice was able to stay in the game with a 62-yard touchdown run by Ismael Cantu and three touchdown pass by Alice quarterback Isaiah Aguilar.

However, the second half was all Southside. The Cardinals’ offense continued its onslaught while the Coyotes were shutout in the second half.

Statistically, Southside edged Alice, but the difference turnovers. The Cardinals has two interceptions and recovered four Coyote fumbles.

The Cardinals totaled 604 yards of total offense to Alice’s 484 yards.

Escamilla finished the game 321 passing yards. Running back Perfecto Doria had 21 carries for 174 yards. Michael Hernandez led the Cardinals in receiving with nine catches for 210 yards.

Aguilar led Alice with 234 passing yards and 15 carries for 74 yards. Cantu had seven carries for 104 yards. A.J. Moreno led Alice’s receiving corps with eight catches for 125 yards.

With two games left in the regular season, the loss deals the Coyotes’ playoff hopes quite a blow. To entertain even a shot at the postseason, Alice would have to win games against first-place Calallen Thursday night and Gregory-Portland in the final week of the regular season.

Alice is now 4-4 for the season and 2-3 in District 15-5A, Div. II. Southside improved to 6-2 for the season and 3-2 in district.