Alvord enjoyed one of its biggest wins in recent years last week against Krum.
As the town celebrates going into homecoming week, the Bulldogs have the task of trying to come back down after an emotional victory.
Alvord (2-1) hosts the Bowie Jackrabbits (1-2) at Bulldog Stadium Friday at 7:30 p.m.
“It was a great win for the kids and the program,” Alvord coach Curtis Enis said. “It made us believe that we are a good football team. But we’ve had to put it to bed, because it’s Bowie time now.”
Enis has seen the confidence pour over into this week’s practice.
“It did so much for their morale,” the coach said. “I think it made the Ponder loss sting more. They know if they would have came out with the same intensity and focus that game, we could be 3-0.”
Bowie will be similar to what Alvord saw in Krum – the Jackrabbits are big up front and have some talented receivers.
They are coming off a 35-10 win against Henrietta. Bowie fell to Lake Worth and Wichita Falls Hirschi their first two games.
“They like to attack you between the tackles,” Enis said. “We have to win the pad-level battle, and we need to sustain drives and keep their offense on the sideline.”
To do that, the Bulldogs need another big game from running back Joe Randall. The junior rushed for 142 yards and two touchdowns against Krum. He also scored on a punt return and an interception return.
Alvord, like most schools in Wise County this week, will have to deal with the distractions of homecoming, but Enis says that shouldn’t bother his team.
“Luckily for us the town itself takes care of most of the things,” Enis said. “We have a parade earlier in the day, but we don’t have to deal with a whole lot.”
BOWIE (1-2) AT ALVORD (2-1)
7:30 p.m. at Bulldog Stadium
Alvord: Harris Rating 183
Notable: Joe Randall scored on offense, defense and special teams last week against Krum.
Bowie: Harris Rating 195
Notable: The Jackrabbits picked up their first win of the season last week against Henrietta, 35-10.
Harris line: Bowie by 11