Nesbitt runs wild in Alta's rout of SEW
Alta won its seventh straight game Friday, heading into next Wednesday's first-round playoffs with momentum in its favor after a 67-18 drubbing of the Southeast Webster-Grand football team.
The district-champion Cyclones (7-2, 7-0 Class A District 3) got a 9-yard touchdown run from Cody Nesbitt in the first quarter before the Eagles answered with a 1-yard TD run.
Nesbitt then added a 93-yard kickoff return for a score, and Jake Syndergaard scored from 2 yards out, all in the first quarter.
It only got uglier for SEW.
In the second quarter Chris Schmitz scored on a 1-yard run, Aaron Hansen found Quentin Thomas for a 2-yard TD strike, Nesbitt hit paydirt on a 61-yard run, Hansen hit Nesbitt on a 54-yard TD reception, and Cameron Manteufel recovered a fumble and took it 45 yards for another score.
SEW scored on a 65-yard run and a 28-yard pass in that frame.
In the third quarter, Alta got a 69-yard TD run from Nesbitt and a 2-yard TD run from Jack Mills, which completed the night's scoring.
Cyclones coach Kevin Hammer said he was pleased with his team's passing performance. While Hansen could only throw so many times because of the lopsided contest, he was 4 of 5 for 80 yards and two TDs.
"Our offensive line played extremely well tonight," Hammer added.
Nesbitt had 202 yards rushing and three TDs on just six carries. Schmitz went 44 yards on five carries with a TD.
Nesbitt caught two passes for 65 yards and a score; Thomas had a 2-yard score as well.
Linebacker Brady Randall led the Cyclone defensive charge with 15 tackles. Austin Stille had 13 tackles, Mills nine with a fumble recovery, Shaun Arispe nine, and Syndergaard four with an interception.
Randall also had a fumble recovery.