#8 Cyclones eye district title

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Since their loss to LeMars Gehlen, the Alta Cyclones (5-1) have been on an absolute tear. Averaging 15 points per outing in their first three games, the Cyclones have averaged over 51 points a game since while giving up just seven.

One reason has been the emergence of the Alta ground game. In the first three the Cyclones averaged 184 rushing yards and 1.3 TDs. In the last three, those numbers have swelled to 336 yards a game and 5.6 rushing TDs. A drastic improvement to say the least especially considering that the Cyclones face predominantly eight or nine man defensive fronts.

The other reason for the recent dominance has been the opportunistic play of the Alta defense. After forcing just two turnovers in the first three games, the Cyclones have wreaked havoc as they forced 15 in the last three outings, two of which have gone for scores.

Alta's opponent this week, Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn (1-5, 1-2 in district) fell 20-6 to LeMars Gehlen last week and will be a heavy underdog against the eighth ranked Cyclones.

M-M-C relies heavily upon senior quarterback Lukas Nelson. Nelson has thrown for 307 yards on the season. He is also their leading rusher with 255. Jacob Lenhoff is second on the squad with just over 100 yards on the ground and is also a return threat.

With their offense sputtering most of the season, M-M-C has relied heavily on their defensive play. Jerad Letsche (80 tackles), Jordan Petersen (72), and Kyle Wester(67) are all among class A's leaders and will focusing heavily on the duo of Jack Mills and Michael Huseman.

Huseman (399 rushing yards, 249 receiving yards 10 TDs), Mills (638 rushing yards 8 TDs), and the Cyclones kick off at M-M-C at 7 PM.

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