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Alta seeks to finish banner year strong

Thursday, October 24, 2002

With a playoff berth out of the question, Alta still has something to play for when it hosts LM-ACT on Friday night.

"We're going into this game thinking we want another win and have the opportunity to finish 7-2, which would be a big step for our kids," Alta coach Kevin Hammer said.

LM-ACT features a diversified, explosive offense and a solid defense.

"They're a very good team," Hammer said. "One of the best balanced teams in our district. With Tyler Hogrefe, he's the second leading rusher in our district and Barry Hakes is the No. 1 passer. They have Caleb Garberding and Devin Stewart, who are No. 2 and 3 in our district in receiving."

"They've got the No. 1 offense in the district and the the No. 2 defense in the district."

With all those weapons, where does Alta's defense start in trying to contain them?

"We've got to start with Tyler Hogrefe and trying to control him and not let him have a big game," Hammer said. "You've got to start with the line of scrimmage up front. Our front four has to have a good game. If they can control the line of scrimmage and be able to throw and run whenever they want it's going to be a long night."

"We have to try to get some pressure on Hakes and have our secondary come up with some big plays," Hammer added.

LM-ACT's offense has the potential to put up a lot of points in a hurry, which concerns Hammer.

"We have to take away their big-play capability," he said. "We can't let them score on a long touchdown run or pass. We have to try to make them earn every point they get. I don't think we want to get in an offensive shootout with them."

There are two ways Alta's defense can be successful.

"We have to put them in unpredictable situations," Hammer said. "We can't let them have a lot of yardage on first down and get them into second- and third-and-long yardage situations."

"I think our best defense can be our offense," Hammer added. "We need to have some long, sustained drives. We're going to need to run the ball and control the clock."

LM-ACT has a solid defensive front line and linebacker corps.

"They're quick up front," Hammer said. "Their linebackers do a nice job of reading. Their front seven are very experienced and athletic. We feel comfortable in running the ball, but we have to block better than what we did last week."

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