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Alta appears to have a break in schedule

Thursday, October 7, 2004

Coming off three tough district games, it appears the Alta High football team gets a break in the schedule Friday night when they host winless West Sioux in a homecoming game.

That may not be the case, according to Alta coach Kevin Hammer.

"They can be a dangerous team," said Hammer, whose team must also deal with the distractions of homecoming week. "They like to run a lot of multiple formations like Sioux Central, so we'll have to play solid, assignment football."

That's just what the Cyclone defense did last week as Alta held on to beat Sioux Central 14-6 after taking a 14-0 halftime lead, then holding on in the second half for the win.

"I thought our defense was outstanding," said Hammer. "Sioux Central is capable of making big plays because of their great athletes. But we didn't give up any of them and I was pleased the way we kept (halfback Andrew) Phinney in check."

Hammer wasn't so pleased with the performance of his offense.

"We had some problems there," he said. "We just weren't firing off the ball like we know we can. We hope to fix that this week."

He added that in West Sioux, the Cyclones will be facing a team that hasn't been able to establish the run the way its coach would like.

"They probably have passed the ball more than they want to," he added. "What they'd probably like to do more of is power run right at you."

Offensively, he added, Alta wants to establish the run first, but don't be surprised to see the Cyclones put the ball up a little more Friday than they have in previous games.

"We'd like to throw the ball a little more, so we might mix in the pass a little more than we have so far," he said.

The Cyclones enter Friday night's homecoming game at 4-1 overall and 3-0 in district play. The only other undefeated team in the district is Marcus Meridian-Cleghorn, with Hinton and Akron-Westfield each 2-1.

"We're pleased where we're at, but we have a tough schedule coming up and there's a lot of football left to play. We just have to keep improving."

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