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Alta hopes to avoid letdown after huge win

Thursday, September 21, 2000

KINGSLEY - This situation hasn't happened in quite a while, but Alta will be trying to prevent a letdown after last week's big emotional win over Newell-Fonda.

The Cyclones snapped a 21-game losing streak and are hoping to extend their winning streak to two Friday night at Kingsley-Pierson.

"Obviously, we haven't been put in this situation coming off a win," Alta coach Kevin Hammer said. "We talked to our kids about focusing on one game at a time. I think our kids will be focused and ready to play. They're not by any means going to overlook anybody."

Hammer assessed his opponent.

"They're pretty well-balanced and they like to run short passing routes," he said. "They want to try to spread you out in their passing game and they like to roll out with the quarterback. Defensively, they're pretty big up front and they seem to be a slanting and gap defense."

Kingsley-Pierson will pose a few problems for Alta.

"Their noseguard looks really good," Hammer said. "We have to make sure we handle him and double team on the tackles so they're not plugging up our holes."

The Cyclones will look to move the ball on the ground, but in particular, the Cyclones will try to run outside more.

"Offensively, we're going to continue to run the football," Hammer said. "We're going to try to run at their defensive end and hopefully get outside more on the sweeps."

Hammer addressed the important factors in the game.

"We just need to continue to improve offensively," he said. "We had quite a few assignments we missed last week. Rushing the football is big in what we want to try to do. If we can average 5-6 yards a carry, we feel we have a good chance to win the game."

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