If the Alice Coyotes earn a fourth-straight appearence in the Class 4A state football playoffs, they're going to have to win on the road.
That's because the 2011 season has Alice playing seven away games and only three games at home. The schedule has the Coyotes playing four District 31-4A games on the road, including match-ups against Corpus Christi Moody, Flour Bluff, Corpus Christi Ray and Calallen.
The three-game stretch between Flour Bluff, Ray and Calallen - all playoff teams from a year ago - will likely determine Alice's fate, coach Chris Soza said.
"Flour Bluff, Ray and Calallen will certainly be a challenge for us. I think our kids will respond in a positive way and we should be okay," Soza said. "With an open week before Ray, it should do us plenty of good as we head into home stretch.
"Last year, the schedule was Coyote friendly. This year, we have four away district games to two home games."
Against those three teams in Memorial Stadium in 2010, the Coyotes were 2-1. They beat Ray and Flour Bluff, but were defeated by Calallen.
For the most part, the schedule is the opposite of last season's kind set-up which gave Alice seven home games.
The only difference is Monterrey Prepa Tech was dropped from the Coyotes' schedule. In its place, Alice is traveling to Brownsville to play Lopez High School in a Thursday night contest. The game is the Coyotes’ last non-district game of the season. Alice's open date was moved early in the season to Week 7 on Oct. 14.
The season begins in Laredo against Alexander, which beat Alice, 41-37, in the opener last year. The Coyotes' District 31-4A schedule begins in historic Buccaneer Stadium in Corpus Christi against the Moody Trojans.
Alice's scrimmage include one in Memorial Stadium against Corpus Christi King on Aug. 13 and a scrimmage in Corpus Christi against Carroll a week later.