FLOUR BLUFF — It took a couple of plays, but the Alice Coyotes seemed to shake off offseason rust and made the most of the scrimmage against the Flour Bluff Hornets Friday night.

The Coyotes outscored the Hornets, 3-2, in the controlled part of the scrimmage. The teams went head-to-head in a live two-minute quarter. Alice scored the only points in the quarter after a drive ended deep in the Hornets’ end of the field to set up a 27-yard field goal by kicker Altair Ceja.

Offensively, Alice quarterback Isaiah and back-up quarterback Jacob Guzman were able to connect with the team’s talented receiving corps. The backfield was led by running backs Gabriel Sanchez and Marshall Mack. R.J. Salaiz saw carries most in the live quarter of play.

On defense, the Coyotes were aggressive and were able to contain the Hornets for most of the night.

Overall, Alice head coach Kyle Atwood was optimistic with the way his team played, especially against a quality opponent. However, he said there is much room for improvement.

“I thought we played extremely well,” he said. “You know, it was a long spring. We had 27 non-padded practices during our athletic period and then we had a total of 17 padded practices in the spring. Then, we came back in August and had five practice and an inter-squad scrimmage last week and then four practices before we finally had the opportunity to go up against someone else. I think the kids were hungry for that.”

The scrimmage was Alice's only preseason outing of August. The team is beginning the new season on the road against Laredo Alexander at the Student Activity Center. The Coyotes’ first home game is the following Friday in Memorial Stadium against H.M. King.