JACKSONVILLE - Alvarado's defense rose to the challenge at Tomato Bowl Saturday afternoon and the visitors from the Fort Worth area were able to move to 4-1 on the year by taking a 35-21 win over Jacksonville.
Jacksonville was attempting to start the season 4-1 for the first time since 2009, but it wasn't meant to be on a sun-soaked Saturday.
In what was a battle of Indians, Alvarado was able to hold the home squad to 12 points and 102 total yards under their season average for points scored and total yards per game.
Alvarado jumped out to a 14-0 lead before Jacksonville was able to score its first points of the day, which took place with 2:28 to play in the first half.
Jacksonville quarterback Cameron High dashed in from nine yards out as the home team was able to cut Alvarado's lead to 14-7 following the point after touchdown by Cesar Guerrero.
High went on to score another touchdown in the game and finished with 29 carries for 194 yards, while accounting for the bulk of Jacksonville's offense.
A 24-yard touchdown trot by Alvarado's Jacob Shockly that took place with 1:04 to go in the opening half resulted in the visitors taking a 21-7 lead into the locker room at the break.
Jacksonville pulled to within a single touchdown after scoring on the first possession of the second half when High crossed the goal line from 19 yards out at the 8:42 mark of the third quarter.
Just over five minutes later, Alvarado came right back to build its lead to 14 points once again following a 14-yard touchdown run by Alonzo Shaw.
The two schools then went on to trade touchdowns in the final stanza, with Jacksonville's coming on a 1-yard run by Zaquarius Hinton.
That score came with 40 seconds showing on the clock.
Shaw (12-120) led Alvarado in rushing while Blake Henderson carried 12 times for 96 yards. Shaw and Henderson scored two rushing touchdowns apiece.
Saturday's game was the first time that Jacksonville and Alvarado had played in the history of the two schools.
Jacksonville has an open date this week and will open District 17-5A play by hosting Corsicana on Oct. 7.