A fourth-quarter rally by the Pocohontas Indians was too little too late against a formidable Alta Cyclone offense, as Alta claimed a 26-12 win over the Indians at Pocohontas Friday night.
"Our defense played extremely well," said Cyclones head coach Kevin Hammer. "Our offense got off quick."
Joel Corlew was the first to score for the Cyclones on a 70-yard Brad Payne pass. Adam Pedersen chipped in with a PAT to make it 7-0, Cyclones.
The defense of both teams seemed to hold well then in the third period. Corlew made good on a 48-yard run in the third quarter, then scored a 52-yard touchdown. A conversion by Payne failed, leaving the score 19-0, Cyclones, at the end of the third quarter.
Alta's other touchdown came in the fourth quarter with an 18-yard pass from Payne to Kylor Cone and with the extra point by Adam Pederson.
Both touchdowns for the Indians came in the fourth period. Ben Harrison had an 86-yard kickoff return, but the 2-point attempt by Spencer Sommerlot was no good.
Harrison had a 10-yard interception for the Indians with two minutes remaining to give Pocohontas a first down. First and goal for the Indians, the Cyclones had a face mask penalty which took the ball up to the Alta 4-yard line. Ryan Busker had a yard run into the end zone to make it 26-12, Alta, with :39 remaining. The extra point attempt by Spencer Sommerlot was no good.
Harrison intercepted a 32 yard pass with just :22 remaining, then the Cyclones picked off an interception to make a final score of 26-12, Cyclones.
Alta is now 2-1 for the season and 1-0 in conference play, with the Indians at 0-3. Alta had 396 yards with 281 yards rushing in 34 carries. Pocohontas had 323 yards, with 183 yards rushing in 52 carries.
Joel Corlew led the Cyclone rushing with 219 yards with 13 carries. Nick Netsch had 27 yards with 8 carries.
Spencer Sommerlot had 62 yards with 20 carries for Pocohontas.
"It's a huge win for our team," Hammer said. He noted some penalties for the Cyclones, but they did not come at a time when they could have hurt Alta. Alta had 12 penalties for 66 yards. "We had some mental mistakes toward the end," Hammer said.