In a 24-20 loss for Ballinger, Alpine scored on the opening play of the game which had the looks of what might have been a blowout.

In a 24-20 loss for Ballinger, Alpine scored on the opening play of the game which had the looks of what might have been a blowout. The Bearcat offense would respond on a 17 play drive that not only gave the Bearcats a 7-6 lead, but seemed to bleed over and give the defense some confidence as well.

Strong defensive stands by both teams would lead to tight 7-6 game in the second quarter. Both teams would score in the second with Alpine having a 12-10 lead after a field goal by Cody Daily with no time in the first half.

Two more scores by Alpine in the second half along with an identical touchdown and impressive 42-yard field goal by Daily would give Ballinger a final score of 24-20.

After a failed fourth down try in the red zone of Alpine, a strip by Ballinger’s Jayden Rivera would give the Bearcats a second chance with minutes remaining. Again the Bearcats were not able to convert in the end zone on a trick play pass from Jaedan Coy to Edgar Nunez that was inches away from being completed for a touchdown.

Ballinger will be traveling to Gordon Wood Stadium in Brownwood to take on the Cisco Lobos in the Bi-District round of the playoffs at 7 p.m. Thursday.