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Alta changes focus in meeting with River Valley

Thursday, September 6, 2001

ALTA - Kevin Hammer has shifted the focus this week. Not on Friday night's opponent, River Valley, but rather on his own team.

The Alta coach was unhappy with his team's performance in last week's 29-0 loss to Clay Central-Everly. So unhappy, that he doesn't care about what River Valley does, only his Cyclones.

"Our big focus this week is going to be more on ourselves and how to get ready to play as a team rather than the other team and what they can do," he said. "Our offensive line didn't get the job done last week. We're going to look at a couple different kids. Our backs need to run harder and attack the hole quicker. Our overall assignments were not where they needed to be for us to be a quality football team."

"Our defense did not play assignment football except for our interior linemen," Hammer added. "It cost us some touchdowns."

River Valley, coming off a 14-8 loss to Schaller-Crestland last week, features some massive size on the line.

"They're very big up front," Hammer said. "They have a large offensive and defensive line."

Alta will employ its familiar offensive attack.

"We've got to get out and run the football," Hammer said. "We need to be able to control the line of scrimmage. If we have to resort to throwing the football, that's not what we want to do."

Hammer said he plans to change his personnel on defense in order for it to be more effective.

"We're going to move a couple of kids around and switch up some cornerbacks to try and make us more athletic in our backfield," he said. "We just have to play with a lot more enthusiasm."

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