ALTA - They may be taking on a team that is winless, but it's a dangerous situation for Alta to be in.
The Cyclones are coming off a highly-emotional 3-0 upset win over Newell-Fonda in overtime last week. This Friday night, winless Kingsley-Pierson comes to Alta hungry for a victory.
"Anytime you go against a team that's 0-3 they've got nothing to lose when they're playing another ballclub," Alta coach Kevin Hammer said. "We just have to play with the same intensity we've played with the last two weeks and not take anybody for granted."
Kingsley-Pierson may be 0-3, but they aren't easy for the opposition's defensive unit.
"They try to do a lot of different things offensively - everything from the wishbone to trips to pro set," Hammer said. "It makes you prepare for a lot of different things defensively."
"They're going to throw a lot of different things at us and try to confuse us defensively," Hammer added. "We still want to make sure we're sound in our base defense and control the line of scrimmage. We're really going to concentrate in getting better with our reads with our linemen and linebackers."
"Defensively, they run a 5-3 and they do like to blitz with their linebackers and try some stunts. We'll have to make sure we're picking up their stunts."
Through all the confusion, Alta will focus on one task.
"We want to control the line of scrimmage and take away the run and make them put the ball in the air," Hammer said. "Anytime you can do that and force people to be predictable on offense, it helps out your defense quite a bit."
Hammer addressed the keys to winning the game.
"For us, making sure we come out and play with a lot of intensity," he said. "Defensively, hopefully we'll continue to play well. Offensively, we need to get some things going. We're going to simplify our offense this week and try and work on some basic plays."
Josh Droegmiller will be back this week after missing three games to mononucleosis.
"That will be a big boost offensively and defensively. He will play at one of our wingback spots. He gives us that breakaway speed at a running back spot."