ALTA - They couldn't buy a win, now Alta is looking for its third straight victory.
The Cyclones, who snapped a 21-game losing streak two weeks ago, will celebrate homecoming by entertaining Pomeroy-Palmer Friday night.
Alta, which enters the game with a 2-2 mark, will have its hands full with the Knights.
"Our priority is to stop the running attack," Alta coach Kevin Hammer said. "They're fourth in our district in rushing. Poppen is a good, physical back and they have some good speed with their two other guys."
"Pomeroy-Palmer is one of the more balanced teams in our district," Hammer added. "They do a good job of throwing the ball, so they put a lot of pressure on you defensively."
The Cyclones will look for a few things while on defense.
"We just need to concentrate on the run and make them throw the football," Hammer said. "They like to run off tackle quite a bit and lead with their two backs and try to run over you at the tackle. Pomeroy seems to be a big-play team with their passing, so we have to make sure we don't give up a home run with the pass."
‰ Galva-Holstein takes on Schaller-Crestland. The Wildcats will gear to stop the Pirates' running game.
"They run that double wing offense like Alta does," Wildcats coach Dale Tokheim said. "We have to be prepared to stop the run. They run off tackle to both sides, so we're going to try to stop that pitch that they run."
Tokheim discussed the keys for the Wildcats to win.
"I think it's going to be a pretty evenly-matched game," he said. "They'll have success moving the ball on offense, just like we'll have success. It's a matter of which team will disrupt the other one's offense."