The Alvord Bulldogs took a step backward Friday with their 43-16 loss to Jacksboro. If they can rebound this week, it would give them at least the fourth and final seed for the playoffs out of District 5-2A Division II.
Alvord (3-5, 1-2) travels to Henrietta (4-4, 2-1) Friday for a 7:30 kickoff.
The Bulldogs gave up 503 yards on the ground Friday, as Jacksboro eventually pulled away in the second half. Alvord only mustered 30 rushing yards against a stingy Jacksboro defense.
“The game went like they wanted it to,” Alvord head coach Curtis Enis said. “We couldn’t sustain drives and failed to execute individual assignments at critical times.”
Despite the loss, Alvord has a chance to clinch the team’s first playoff spot since 2010, with a victory this week. Henrietta has had the same kind of season so far and on paper it looks like a pretty good contest.
“Things will be a little more evenly matched this week,” Enis said. “We both need this game, and there is a lot on the line.”
The Bearcats have district wins over City View and Holliday, with their one loss coming against Jacksboro. During league play, Henrietta has been putting up a lot of points too, averaging 35 points a contest.
“They have a good running back, quarterback and wide receiver,” Enis said. “It’s going to come down to who executes and who doesn’t turn the ball over.
“We’ve got to pick up their blitzes, read keys on defense, tackle in space and recognize their play action.”
Enis expects Jose Luna to return to the lineup after having to miss last week’s game. His absence forced the Bulldogs to go for a two-point conversion each time because they were without a kicker.
Even if they lose Friday, the Bulldogs can still make the playoffs with a win against City View the final week of the season, but Enis is going to treat this one like a playoff game,
“We are putting everything on the line,” Enis said. “We are going to give it everything we’ve got and go in and try to secure a spot.”
ALVORD (3-5, 1-2) AT HENRIETTA (4-4, 2-1)
7:30 p.m. at Bearcat Stadium
Alvord: Harris Rating 182
Notable: Alvord edged the Bearcats last year 12-10.
Henrietta: Harris Rating 178
Notable: Henrietta is averaging 35 points per game in league play.
Harris line: Alvord by 4