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Alta gets tough test for homecoming in Pirates

Thursday, October 4, 2001

ALTA - One team is looking to keep its perfect run through the district, the other is trying to keep its title hopes alive.

Galva-Holstein, ranked eighth in Class A, has blitzed through district play with a perfect 4-0 mark and are 5-0 overall. Alta, on the other hand, dropped to 3-1 in the district and 3-2 overall with a loss last week to Pomeroy-Palmer.

The game is critical for Alta, which will be celebrating its homecoming.

"Our kids still believe we have a shot at the district," Alta coach Kevin Hammer said. "I think we'll bounce back from last week. This is going to be big challenge for our kids. It should be a fun game."

Galva-Holstein leads the district in rushing.

"Offensively, they mirror what we try to do," Hammer said. "They do have some good size up front. I think they average 215. They compliment that with a big running back in (Scott) Breyfogle and then a strong wingback and fullback."

"They've been very successful in our district in running the football," Hammer added. "When teams try to load up the box on them, they've been able to throw. They don't throw a lot, but when they do, they've made big plays."

Hammer has a plan to slow down the Pirates' ground game.

"Our tackles have to play well this week," he said. "They have to make sure they don't get rooted off the line of scrimmage. We have to make sure our cornerbacks and linebackers are disciplined."

Hammer assessed the Pirates' defense and how to attack it.

"Their defense has played well," he said. "They bend a little bit but they don't seem to break. They don't allow teams to put up big numbers on them. They're big up front and have some skilled players at cornerback and linebacker."

"We've got to establish the run. We're going to focus on running the football this week. If we can't do that then it puts a lot of pressure on our offense."

Hammer addressed the important factors for the victor.

"For both teams first down plays are going to be big," he said. "If you can get three or four yards on that first down, it makes it a lot easier."

"We have to make sure we don't let a kickoff or punt return hurt us. If you give them any type of turnover or field position, they're a good team and will take advantage of it and put you in a hole right off the bat."

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