The Bulldogs continue to deal with a rash of injuries while wrapping up a very tough pre-district schedule.
This week Alvord (1-3) hosts the Gunter Tigers (3-1) for homecoming. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Quarterback Jordan Locklear is still two weeks away at least, and after last week the Casen Baker experiment at quarterback is over. Alvord coach Curtis Enis will make the move to the JV starter, sophomore Cassidy Patterson, to take the snaps against the Tigers.
“He [Patterson] is throwing the ball well, and we are going to give him a chance,” Enis said. “He’s more of a pocket passer and has really worked hard and improved. He’s an intelligent football player.”
The move will get Baker back to the fullback position, where he is more comfortable, and also get him back on the defensive side of the ball.
Running back Joe Randall suffered back spasms against Bowie but is expected back, and Brandon Aeling is still suffering from an ankle injury. Both are expected to play against Gunter.
Despite all the adversity, Enis says his team is keeping a good attitude.
“They are staying upbeat,” Enis said. “They came in ready to go. We just want to get to district and get some guys back.”
After Gunter, a bye week awaits the Bulldogs before district begins Oct. 12 at Nocona.
Before the break, Alvord has to deal with a tough Tiger team for homecoming.
“Gunter is big, physical and strong,” Enis said. “They are well coached with a lot of tradition. It will be the first non-spread team that we’ve faced, so we’ll have to be ready for their power-running attack.”
GUNTER (3-1) AT ALVORD (1-3)
7:30 p.m. at Bulldog Stadium
Alvord: Harris Rating 167
Notable: Alvord has given up 156 points during their current three game losing streak.
Gunter: Harris Rating 206
Notable: Gunter’s lone loss came to No.6 Pottsboro, 34-6.
Harris line: Gunter by 40