The Alvord Bulldogs enjoyed a week off last week, coming off their loss to Gunter.
It wasn’t the way they wanted to head into district play, but head coach Curtis Enis saw some good things.
“The kids played hard for all four quarters,” he said. “The effort was there. We just couldn’t get the run game going. We can’t win consistently throwing the ball 50 times a game.”
The team hopes for a more balanced attack when they open league play Friday.
The Nocona Indians (3-2) travel to Alvord (2-3) for a District 5-2A Division II showdown Friday at Bulldog Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
“I feel good about our chances,” Enis said. “To me, it’s a pretty even district.”
Nocona graduated a lot of talent off last year’s regional finalist team.
John Jennings leads the way for the offense as the top rusher. The Indians defeated Valley View, 49-21 last week.
“They are going to give us a heavy dose of the Jennings kid,” Enis said. “They are going to run him and the quarterback a lot. We are going to have to read our keys and stay at home.”
If the Bulldogs can slow down that Indian ground attack, Enis wants to get back to what Alvord does best.
“Offensively, we’ve got to get back to the running game,” Enis said. “We need to get Joe [Randall] about 20 carries and throw to him a few times and get our other receivers some catches too.
“We need to get back to a balanced offense, and own the time of possession.”
Alvord struggled out of the gate last year opening up district play. They can’t let that afford to happen again. Three of their five league games will be played at Bulldog Stadium.
“This isn’t a do-or-die game, but it’s a huge game for us,” Enis said. “If we can win our home games, then we’ll be a playoff team. We’ve got to take care of business at home.”
NOCONA (3-2) AT
at Bulldog Stadium
Alvord: Harris Rating 183
Notable: This is the first of three district home games for the Bulldogs.
Nocona: Harris Rating 196
Notable: The Indians were district champs and regional finalists in 2012.
Harris line: Nocona by 14