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South O-Brien tips Alta 35-34 in wild district contest

Monday, September 26, 2005

Together, Alta and South-Brien scored 11 touchdowns here Friday night in a wild, Class 1A, District shootout.

But Alta missed its extra-point on one score and that was the difference as South O'Brien won a 35-34 decision.

"It was a track meet, with big plays by both teams going back and forth," South-O'Brien coach Brad Van Rooyan said."What it really came down to was we had one more extra-point kick than they did."

Alta led 14-7 after one quarter and outscored the Wolverines 20-14 in the second quarter for a 34-21 lead at the half.

South O'Brien toughened up in the second half, shutting out Alta in the last two quarters.

"We made some adjustments at halftime, but I think our kids just decided they weren't going to play the second half as bad defensively as we did the first.

"I thought our kids did a nice job against a very good Alta team."

South O'Brien scored twice in the second half and made both extra-points for the final margin.

The Cyclones had a productive night running the ball, rushing 28 times for 230 yards.

Alta running back Cody Nesbitt led the charge with 160 yards on ten carries. Tailback Chris Schmitz carried 11 times for 42 yards.

Also for Alta, Brad Payne ran a kickoff back 85-yards for a score and also threw a 47-yard scoring pass to Nesbitt in the first half.

South O'Brien won the battle of the rushing games nevertheless, rushing 51 times for 335 yards.

With the loss, the Cyclones dropped to 9-2 in district play and to 1`-3 overall. They host Sioux Central next Friday.

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