The Alvord Bulldogs will open the season with an old district rival Friday as the Nocona Indians come to town.
The Bulldogs and Indians kick off at 7:30 p.m.
Alvord, who starts its first season with Pete Hart as head coach, will be looking to settle the score with a Nocona squad that beat them 35-21 last year in district play.
“If we say we’re a good football team, we need to play with teams like Nocona,” Hart said. “This sets the tone for the season. We need to go out with the intent to win.”
The Indians enter the season replacing several starters on both sides of the ball. Catalino Hernandez returns as the Indians’ top receiver after catching 30 passes for 481 yards and five touchdowns. Christian Ibarra is expected to start at quarterback.
“They’ve got a good quarterback who runs and throws well,” Hart said. “Their line blocks well. All their backs and receivers run hard.”
Hart added that Nocona will test them on the edges with lots of screens to their backs and receivers along with Ibarra running the ball.
After watching his teams in scrimmages against Era and Sacred Heart, Hart wants to see more out of the Bulldogs’ offensive and defensive lines.
“We need to play more physical,” Hart said.
The offensive line may be without center Evyn Beasley this week, who was questionable Monday. The Bulldogs also may be without their top two fullbacks Damon Ledet and Mason Clower.
“That will hurt us,” Hart said.
Quarterback Cassidy Patterson is back to full speed after being slowed in preseason workouts. The Bulldogs’ also should feature Joe Randall, who enters the game 121 yards shy of 3,000 career yards.
NOCONA (0-0) AT ALVORD (0-0)
7:30 p.m. at Bulldog Stadium
Nocona: Harris Rating 184
Notable: The Indians’ quarterback Christian Ibarra is coming off ACL injury.
Alvord: Harris Rating 188
Notable: Joe Randall is 121 yards away from 3,000.
Harris line: Nocona by 7