The Alvarado Indians ended their spring football season with the annual Purple/ Gold game last Tuesday.
The purple team held off a late rush by the gold team to earn the 7-0 victory, in a game of sputtering offenses.
“There is no reason why anyone should have their dauber down tonight,” head football coach Jeff Dixon said to his team in a post-game huddle.
“We had 17 great days of football before this.”
Despite a handful of great plays in the first half, neither team could get on the board before the break.
On the first play of the game, purple running back Broam Hart broke off a 40-yard run to get into gold territory.
However, a missed field goal ended the drive for the Purple team.
Darrail McDaniel had a 45-yard run for the gold team to get them into field goal range in the first half, but another missed attempt ended that drive.
Purple quarterback Ty Raby lost a fumble to gold defensive lineman Bryan Puente in the backfield on a position in the first half. That turnover gave the gold team the ball inside the purple 30-yard line, but they couldn’t get their goose egg off the scoreboard.
The purple team finally got on the board with six minutes left in the third quarter with a 30-yard run by Hart. The extra point by Rydge West would be the last time either team would score in the game.
The gold team looked like they were going to score late in the game to tie the game.
A 36-yard run by Kevin Handy gave the gold team the ball at the purple 5-yard line with 45 seconds left in the game.
But four straight plays for negative yardage, including three sacks, would preserve the purple team’s shutout.
Even though this game officially ended the spring football season for the Indians, the unofficial ending came after a scrimmage May 19.
“Our last real scrimmage as Saturday, this was for (the fans),” Dixon said about the Purple/ Gold game. “Tonight we made sure to get everyone in and it was a fun evening.”
Dixon said this game is important to the player to get a game feel, especially for players new to the team.
“Pre-game we came out and we have this freshman running back whose eyes were real big and I told him that this was just a scrimmage,” Dixon said. “I think the lights, the jerseys, the field create and atmosphere that’s game like.”
The coach said the team still needs some work before the season officially begins in the fall.
“Defensively, we have to pursue the ball better, become better tacklers and we just have to keep improving,” Dixon said. “Offensively, we need to work on consistency running the ball and blocking, just fundamentals.”
He also said the team has been improving in recent years and he expects that to continue this year.
“We want to keep moving forward,” Dixon said. “(The players) expect to win. We won three ball games two years ago, four ball games last year, so I can expect that they will do better than they did the year before.”
Last week Dixon was named the new athletic director of Alvarado ISD, replacing Kurt McGrath, who stepped down to spend more time with his family.
“Kurt McGrath was one of the reasons why I came to Alvarado,” Dixon said. “It was his leadership. We are going to continue in the direction we started going two years ago. We are not going to skip a beat.”