The Alice Coyotes fell short Friday night in the area round of playoffs versus the Brenham Cubs 56-37.
In the first quarter Isaiah Aguilar scored from 4 yards out, the Ceja kick put the Coyotes on the board first in the contest 7-0. Quarterback Garrison Weiss connected with Trayveon Britton twice (26, 63 yards) in the same quarter, Victor Mendoza added two extra points and Brenham finished the first quarter 14-7.
Brenham made three trips to the end zone in the second quarter with a 5 yard run from Javon Dixon, a 49 yard reception by Yann Toussom and a 31 yard reception by Jackson Mueller. Alice answered with two touchdowns of their own, Isaiah Aguilar ran in from 6 yards out (Weston Moore 2 pt. conv.). Off a trick play Aguilar found himself in the end zone again with a 35 yard catch and run thrown by Jacob Guzman. At the end of the half Brenham still owned the lead 35-23 over the Coyotes.
The Coyotes went score for score with the Cubs in the third quarter scoring first at the 5:54 mark when Jacob Guzman crossed the goal line off a 16 yard reception. Aguilar’s two point conversion made the contest 35-31 which was the closest spread of the night. Brenham’s Zyron Smith answered with a 4 yard run, Mendoza kick was good, 42-31 Brenham. R.J. Carillo scored a 64 yard touchdown by way of catch from Aguilar, but the score would be the last of the night for the Coyotes. Still in the third Javon Dixon added to the lead when he broke free from 52 yards out, Mendoza’s extra point was good, and at the sound of the third the Coyotes trailed the Cubs 49-37.
Garrison Weiss scored the only points in the fourth when he jetted his way into the endzone for a 70 yard score. After the extra point (Mendoza) Brenham’s score was the final for the game 56-37.
After the game Coach Kyle Atwood said he was proud of his team. “I’m proud of each and everyone of you, you were picked to finish seventh, look where we made it. You fought hard and never gave up, I couldn’t be prouder.”
At the end of the game I witnessed true sportsmanship between players as they exchanged hugs and words of encouragement amongst each other, the attitudes from both teams reflects that their school and their football program made them all winners. Every season eventually comes to an end, but to me the real win comes on the sidelines, through the experiences shared with teammates and coaches, if you have coaches and experiences that make a positive impact on you then you’ve won something that points could never reflect.
At the beginning of the season the coyotes adopted a motto #MUFLY (make up for last year), when I asked Atwood a few weeks ago if by reaching the playoffs he made up for last year he said “making up for last year was about attitude, character and commiment to the program and we’ve definitely done that.”