NEWELL - Jared Johnson kicked a 30-yard field goal in overtime to give Alta a 3-0 win over Newell-Fonda in a Class A District 1 game on Friday night at Newell.
Alta had three plays that resulted in a 1-yard loss in the overtime period before Johnson booted his field goal on fourth-and-goal from the 11.
Newell-Fonda's overtime possession got down to the 1-yard line before an illegal procedure penalty pushed it back to the 6-yard line. Kyle Stauter's game-tieing field goal attempt never materialized as the snap was mishandled and Stauter was tackled.
"Defensively, I thought it was a great game," Alta coach Kevin Hammer said. "We had our backs against the wall the whole first quartter, but we held them out. I give credit to our defense. We had a great defensive stand right before halftime to keep them out. Nobody made a big threat in the third quarter and in the fourth quarter each team got down deep one time."
"We decided to go for the field goal in overtime," Hammer said. "It was a great snap, a great hold, and a great kick under wet conditions. That field goal was huge."
"It was a great-played game on both sides of the field," Hammer added. "We had some fumbles that really hurt us, but our kids did a great job. They bent a little bit, but they didn't break."
Newell-Fonda rushed for 161 yards in the game. John Witt led the way with 60 yards on 16 carries. Dustin Sievers was held to just 57 yards on 27 carries and Beau Artist ran for 52 yards on six carries.
Quarterback Matt Stauter completed 2 of 7 passes for 28 yards.
Alta was held to just 90 yards rushing on 33 attempts. Blake Huseman had 50 yards on 10 carries. Quarterback Jamie Hammer completed 5 of 10 passes for 46 yards.
Alta's defense was led by Luke Nielsen, who made 13 tackles. Huseman had 11, Joey Ciechanowski eight, and Levi Boyd, Victor Reetz, Tyler Droegmiller and Tyler DeMan all added seven apiece.
Alta is now 2-1 overall. Newell-Fonda is also 2-1.
Alta 0 0 0 0 3 - 0
Newell-Fonda 0 0 0 0 0 - 0
A-FG Johnson 30
TEAM STATISTICS A NF
First downs 8 11
Rushes-yards 33-90 54-161
Com.-Att.-Int. 5-10-0 2-7-0
Passing yards 46 28
Return yards 44 55
Punts-Avg. 5-24 3-27
Fumbles-lost 6-2 1-0
Penalties-yards 4-18 8-27
Rushing-Newell-Fonda: M.Stauter 5-(-8), Artist 6-52, Sievers 27-57, Witt 16-60. Alta: Hanson 4-11, Hammer 9-5, Huseman 10-50, Leyden 2-6, Nielsen 8-18.
Passing-Newell-Fonda: M.Stauter 2-7-0-28. Alta: Hammer 5-10-0-46.
Receiving-Newell-Fonda: Wells 1-10, Edwards 1-18. Alta: Leyden 1-12, Boyd 1-3, Droegmiller 2-22, Glienke 1-9.
Tackles-Alta: Nielsen 13, Huseman 11, Ciechanowski 8, Boyd 7, Reetz 7, Droegmiller 7, DeMan 7, Leyden 5.