When Alice star running back Cameron Trevino went down for the season in the waning minutes of the Flour Bluff game, he took with him the Coyotes’ ability to run the ball consistently.

The Coyotes haven't been the same and they've been chasing the running game since then. Without the running game, there isn’t a pass game and without that there isn’t much of an offense. That lack of offense cost the Coyotes Friday night. It cost them an emotional 13-10 decision to Gregory-Portland and it cost them a shot at the state playoffs.

When the Coyotes needed it most, they were unable to move the ball Friday night. Trailing by three through most of the fourth quarter, Alice was unable to sustain any kind of successful drive. A turnover ended one possession and two were halted by stalled drives.

The loss to Gregory-Portland will likely keep Alice out of the postseason. With zone play, the top three teams from each zone advance to the district’s three play-in games for the playoffs. With North Zone losses to Ray and now Gregory-Portland and a match-up looming against frontrunner Calallen Friday night, the Coyotes playoff hopes are fading.

“This one hurts,” Alice coach Justen Evans said.

The Wildcats scored on their first possession on a 24-yard field goal by Brandon Garza.

The Coyotes sputtered through the remained of the first and most of the second. They finally sustained a decent drive just before halftime. They then caught a break when quarterback Andres Barrios picked up a fumbled snap and avoided defender to connect with a wide-open Trey Jaramillo for a 23-yard scoring pass with 1:27 left before the half.

Alice’s defense created an opportunity with a stop on Gregory-Portland’s next possession. It gave Alice a short field to work with, and after a Barrios pass to R.J. Galvan, kicker Austin Perez split the uprights from 34 yards out, giving the Coyotes a 10-3 advantage.

Midway through the third quarter following a turnover by the Coyotes, Wildcats running back Randell Harris stunned the Coyotes by busting a 61-yard touchdown run. The touchdown with 5:05 left in the third quarter tied the game.

Gregory-Portland followed that possession with their finest drive of the night. It was a series which began at their own 30-yard line. They reached the Alice 21-yard line where Garza made good on a 38-yard field goal to give the Wildcats a three-point edge.

The Coyotes finished the game with 230 yards of total offense, but only 79 yards in rushing. It’s a statistic which Evans said is very telling of how his team is playing right now.

“It’s just inconsistency,” Evans said. “It’s just the same stuff we’ve been preaching. We have to be able to run the ball. Some way, some how, we have to be able to manufacture the run. That’s just the bottom line. We couldn’t move the football when we needed to, and (Gregory-Portland) just beat us.”