After three quarters of frustrating football, the Alvord Bulldogs came to life last Friday to pick up their first district victory.
Led by Joe Randall’s three touchdowns, Alvord put up 29 fourth-quarter points to run past Holliday.
“We didn’t shoot any more toes off in the fourth quarter,” coach Curtis Enis said. “We played well the first three quarters, but then we would drive down and fumble or drop a pass.”
The Bulldogs hope to feed off that fourth quarter energy as they return home this week.
Alvord (3-4, 1-1) hosts the Jacksboro Tigers (5-2, 2-0) Friday at Bulldog Stadium. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m.
“It was a good win for us,” Enis said. “We capped off a good week of practice, and it’s the first time I can remember Alvord has beaten Holliday.”
After the Bulldogs’ last victory against Krum, they struggled to feed off the momentum, losing the next three games. They can’t afford for that to be the case this time.
“We’ll see what happens,” Enis said. “When we beat Krum we came back and didn’t play well against Bowie. We’re hoping this victory leads to bigger things.”
Maybe they can feed off 182 rushing yards and three touchdowns from Randall. Along with Keelan Nivens, the duo also led the defense with a combined 27 tackles.
They will need another strong defensive performance against a Tiger team that has put up 91 points in their first two district games.
“Jacksboro has size and speed,” Enis said. “They have an excellent quarterback with good skill receivers. They do a good job running their spread offense and have a bend-but-don’t-break defense.”
If Alvord can put four quarters together, Enis likes his chances against the district favorite.
“If we can keep Joe [Randall] on the field, pop a few and complete some passes we’ll be in good shape,” Enis said. “I’d also like to get Damon Ledet going. He almost had 60 yards for us Friday and gives us another running weapon.”
JACKSBORO (5-2, 2-0) AT ALVORD (3-4, 1-1)
7:30 p.m. at Bulldog Stadium
Alvord: Harris Rating 188
Notable: Alvord looks for two straight wins for the first time this season.
Holliday: Harris Rating 199
Notable: Jacksboro won last year’s contest 40-14
Harris line: Jacksboro by 11