The Alta football team has had its share of close games this season, especially in district play.
Three weeks ago, the a Cyclone comeback fell short in a 35-34 loss to eighth-ranked South O'Brien. Two weeks ago, Sioux Central rallied for a 16-14 win in district play.
Alta had another close game in Hawarded Friday night, but this time, came up with a 15-14 win.
The Cyclones opened the scoring in the first quarter, scoring a touchdown and an extra-point kick for an early 7-0 lead.
West Sioux scored a touchdown and an extra-point in the second quarter and the two teams went into the lockeroom at the half tied at seven.
Both teams scored touchdowns in the third quarter, but Alta made a two-point conversion after its score and West Sioux scored a touchdown and added an extra-point kick.
That proved to be the difference in the game, as the Cyclones improved to 1-3 in district play and to 2-4 overall.
West Sioux had an advantage in time of possession, notching 18 first downs to seven for Alta.
The Cyclones were held to 66 yards rushing on 27 attempts. Quarterback Brad Paye ran 12 times for 21 yards to lead the way.
Payne completed four passes in nine attempts for 131 yards and one touchdown. Running back Chris Schmitz caught two passes for 55 yards, including one completion for a touchdown.
Cody Nesbitt caught two balls for 76 yards and one touchdown. The Cyclones piled up 197 yards of total offense.
The Cyclones bent but didn't break often against a strong West Sioux offense. The Falcons rushed 267 yards on 59 carries, an average of 4.5 yards per carry. Both West Sioux touchdowns came on running plays.
West Sioux attempted four passes but didn't complete one. With the loss, the Falcons dropped to 1-3 in district play and to 3-3 overall.
Next week, Alta plays host to Akron-Westfield.