On his second carry of the night Saturday, Alvord senior Joe Randall broke through the heart of the Era defense and dashed his way 59 yards for a touchdown.
It was the lone touchdown on the night for the Bulldogs, who gave their four-year starter, who is nearing 3,000 career yards, limited touches.
“We didn’t run Joe a lot. We wanted to get a look at some other people,” said Alvord coach Pete Hart. “We needed to answer some questions about some people in certain positions.”
Alvord played with two reserves on the offensive line. Quarterback Cassidy Patterson also played sparingly as Connor Patterson took a good share of the snaps under center.
Hart said he liked his team’s effort in the scrimmage, but he expressed some concern about the execution on offense.
“As we got tired, we got to standing up more,” Hart said. “It’s a work in progress. We missed a lot of blocks. A lot of times, it was one guy. But for us to be successful, it has to be five for five.”
Defensively, the Bulldogs limited Era to two scores. The Hornets put together a nine-play drive on their first set of plays and later scored on a screen play.
Alvord held Era without a first down on its first set.
“[Their misdirection] confused us early,” Hart said. “The second time the ones were out there we started making stops.”
Randall picked off a pass on Era’s final possession.