ALTA - Which Alta team is going to show up to play? The same question can be stated about the Cyclones' opponent on Friday night.
While Alta has been a team of inconsistent starts, so has Sac City. The team that opens the game with higher intensity may be the one who wins.
"The thing for both teams is the team that comes out ready to play in the first quarter and plays with a lot of enthusiasm," Alta coach Kevin Hammer said. "Both teams seem to come out flat at times, so I think the team that comes out with the intensity and enthusiasm is going to be the winner."
Hammer offered a scouting report on the Indians.
"They've got some good skill athletes," he said. "They like to throw the football around and they try to spread you out in their offensive set. (Carl) Duffy is probably one of the better receivers in our district and (quarterback Ben) Wellington does a good job of getting him the football."
"They like to move Duffy out and try to get him the football as much as they can," Hammer added.
Hammer has a game plan for slowing down the Indians' two main weapons.
"You've got to try and contain Wellington and not let him get outside and scramble around because that makes him dangerous," he said. "We have to try and limit Duffy in the open field. We need to contain him and make him run east and west and not north and south."
"I think it's also important that we get pressure on Wellington and not let him sit back there and throw in the pocket," Hammer added. "The more time he has to throw, the more dangerous he is."
Alta's defense must do a better job than in last week's 58-29 loss to Remsen-Union.
"Defensively, we did not play well last week," Hammer said. "We just need to get back to playing hard-nosed football, gang-tackling, swarming and playing with a lot more enthusiasm. We have the kids that can play good, solid defense. They just need to come ready to play."
Offensively, Alta will try to establish its running game up the middle, and then swing it outside on the perimeter.
"I think we need to be able to establish the run, especially up the middle," Hammer said. "Then we'd like to try and get outside. Last week, we did a better job of that."
"We just need to keep improving with our offensive assignments. Our line did a better job of blocking. Our backs need to pick up the pace and run a little bit harder."