Sometimes, it isn’t a scoring play that makes the difference in a football game; especially in a game littered with penalty flags interrupted by turnovers.

That was the case Friday night in the 30-5A inter-zone match-up between Alice and Corpus Christi Carroll in Memorial Stadium. The Coyotes led 21-7 midway through the third quarter, and while they had a 14-point advantage, the game wasn’t quite at hand.

The teams took turns turning the ball over in the third. Just then, the Coyotes began a solid drive. They then hit one — a quick pass from quarterback Trey Jaramillo to slot receiver R.J. Galvan. The Coyotes’ top returning receiver from a year ago, Galvan caught the pass in stride and sprinted to the end zone. However, before pulling away, Galvan was hit from behind by Carroll’s Jonathan Tovar. The hit shot the football out in the open turf.

It could have been a turnover that would have given new life to the Tigers. Instead, Alice receiver Devyn Orta made his way to the bottom of the pile to recover the loose ball at Carroll’s 17-yard line. Officials spent several minutes trying to sort the pile and determine possession before declaring that Alice had recovered the fumble.

On the very next play, Jaramillo rolled to his left and pitched the ball to running back Alex Gonzales who went around the corner and then bulled his way past the goal line for a 17-yard run. The score extended Alice’s lead and cleared the way for a convincing 28-14 victory.

The fourth quarter was simply a formality as the Coyotes locked up the win and improved to 3-0 heading into Thursday night’s showdown against old rival Flour Bluff.

Jaramillo led the Coyotes offensively with a nine-yard touchdown pass to Orlando Espinoza and touchdown runs of 23 yards and one yard. Jaramillo had 16 carries for 86 yards. He also completed 14 of 28 passes for 165 yards.

Galvan had four catches for 73 yards and A.J. Moreno had four catches for 52 yards.

The Tigers scored in the opening minutes of the first quarter when the Coyotes attempted and failed to convert a fourth-and-one at their own 14-yard line. The short field set up a one-yard scoring run by quarterback Patrick Medina.