The Wichita Falls High School Coyotes walked into Midland's Grande Communication Stadium on Saturday as 5-point underdogs to the Canutillo Eagles. The Coyotes walked out with a 19-10 victory and move on to the state quarter-finals.

The Coyotes (8-5) posted a third straight victory of 10 points or less, propelling them into a matchup with unbeaten Aledo (13-0) at Justin Northwest Friday night at 7:30pm.

Coyote RB Robert Williams III carries the ball against Canutillo Eagle defenders. WFHS won the game 19-10 and move on to the state quarter-finals. (Photo by Stacy Stowe)

The game was won in the second half after WFHS trailed 10-7 at intermission. Junior WR O.J. Clark and Soph. WR Rodney Higgins got things going positively for the Coyotes late in the third quarter.

With 43 seconds left in the 3rd, Clark blocked a Canutillo FG attempt. Rodney Higgins scooped up the loose ball and returned it 82 yards to take the lead 13-10.  The WFHS defense was electrified by the play and held Canutillo QB Javier Gomez to just 18 yards passing and 2 INTs in the second half, compared to his 164 yards and 1 TD in the first.

The scoring wasn't over for the 'Yotes, as they shut the door on Canutillo in the fourth quarter with a 1-yard Eric Butler TD pass to Clark. The play was the same one that the Coyotes ran to tie the game last week against Everman. WFHS took the 19-10 lead and never looked back.

“I don’t care what the score is, all I care is that the Coyotes won,” WFHS coach Danny Russell told his team afterward.

Next in line for the Coyotes are the Aledo Bearcats. Aledo comes into the game averaging 68.2 points per game. But if anything has been learned this season, it's to never count the Coyotes out.

You can listen to the state quarter-final game broadcast on 106.3FM The Buzz starting at 7:10pm.


QB Eric Butler - 20-26, 224y, 2TD, 1INT

WR O.J. Clark - 10 rec, 142y, 2TD

RB Robert Williams III - 13 car, 38y