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High School Football: Alice holds off Hidalgo to advance

Rey Castillo
Alice Echo News Journal

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

CLASS 4A DIVISION I BI-DISTRICT 

ALICE 21, HIDALGO 14

What this game means: Alice opened its 42nd playoff appearance with a win after clinching the the No. 4 seed in last week's win against Tuloso-Midway. The Coyotes are back in the Class 4A area round for the second straight season, and will play the winner of Friday's game between Austin LBJ and Pleasanton. Alice (3-4) has now won back-to-back games after having to forfeit the previous two contests. 

Thursday's highlights: A defensive stand on fourth down with 2:02 remaining in the game helped the Coyotes prevail over the Pirates. It was the third time Alice forced Hidalgo (3-2) to turn the ball over on downs. The Coyotes scored the game's first points on a 21-yard touchdown pass from Jacob Guzman to Matthew Molina. Guzmansupplied the rest of the Coyotes' scoring with touchdown runs of 10 and 9 yards. His first rushing touchdown came with 9:10 left in the quarter and his final score came six minutes later to secure the scoring for Alice. The Pirates' lone score came on a 36-yard touchdown run by Zachary Carerra. The Coyotes finished with 517 yards of offense. 

Alice defeats Hidalgo 21-14 in their payoff game at Jersey Bull Stadium in Falfurrias on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020.

Thursday's stars: Guzman completed 13 passes for 215 yards and one touchdown. He also ran for 55 yards and two touchdowns. It was Guzman's first 200-yard passing performance this season. Molina and Ryan Salas combined for 102 receiving yards and a touchdown. Carerra led Hidalgo with 94 yards rushing and one touchdown. 

Alice coach Kyle Atwood on the Coyotes overcoming this season's adversity: "It's very special and I'm proud of our kids. They've fought through the course of this year, and spent the entire offseason talking about overcoming adversity. We know in the game of football there's going to be adversity, and they have been able to overcome it. They've done all the right things and have worked hard."

Alice quarterback Jacob Guzman on the Coyotes advancing to the area round: "It's amazing. Our defense and offense stepped up with guys down. We came out in the second half like we did last week, and we played phenomenal. We executed when it counted, and yeah we had some busted plays, but our defense made a play on fourth and inches to help win the game. This team deserves it and once we get rolling, it's anybody's game."

Alice receiver Ryan Salas on getting more comfortable offensively: "It felt nice. It was nice to catch the ball and see the fans go crazy. It starts with the coaches helping me get into position to make those plays. Now we have to keep it rolling and keep it going."

Next: Alice vs. Pleasanton or Austin LBJ in a Class 4A Division I area round game, site and time TBA