A lot of good things happened for the Alvord Bulldogs Friday night, but a few mistakes cost them in their homecoming loss to Bowie.
The Bulldogs will try to get over the .500 mark before district play with a win at Gunter this week.
Alvord (2-2) and Gunter (3-1) kickoff 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Despite a couple mishaps, the Bulldogs hung with the Jackrabbits. A blocked punt for a touchdown and a penalty deep in Bowie territory made a huge difference.
“The things we did to beat Krum are how we lost to Bowie,” Alvord coach Curtis Enis said. “I was proud of how the kids kept fighting back, and I was more pleased with our offense against Bowie than I was against Krum.”
Cassidy Patterson threw for 246 yards and two touchdowns, while Joe Randall rushed for 140 yards.
If Alvord can carry over that performance this week and eliminate some mistakes it should give them a chance against a good Gunter team.
The Tigers are coming off a 19-0 win over Howe. They defeated Boyd in their season opener 21-12, and their only loss came to Melissa, 30-24.
“Gunter is a power running team, that pride themselves in running it down your throat,” Enis said. “We need to get an early lead, maybe get them to panic a little bit and make them throw a little more than they want to.”
This game is the final tuneup before the Bulldogs begin district pay Oct. 11 against Nocona. Enis says there are some things that must get better before then.
“I’m just looking for more consistency,” Enis said. “I want to see Cassidy improve on reads, our linebackers be more downhill, and I want to come out healthy.”
Evyn Beasley returned from an injury for the Bowie game. David Gallagher and Kyle Dunn are practicing and should play this week. Jonathan Musgrave has decided to have season-ending shoulder surgery.
ALVORD (2-2) AT GUNTER (3-1)
7:30 p.m. at Tiger Stadium
Alvord: Harris Rating 182
Notable: Quarterback Cassidy Patterson had a break-out game with 246 passing yards against Bowie last week.
Gunter: Harris Rating 216
Notable: The Tigers had two straight ten-win seasons coming into the year.
Harris line: Gunter by 27