ALTA - It's time to get back to basics. At least that's what Kevin Hammer wants to do this Friday night when his Alta club plays host to Remsen-Union.
Hammer insists the Cyclones have to make a conscious effort to establish a more consistent rushing attack.
"One thing we need to do is get back to rushing the football a little bit better," Hammer said. "We need to average four or five yards a carry and be rushing it 40 to 50 times a game."
Remsen-Union, which beat Schaller-Crestland 28-0 last Friday, has arguably the best quarterback in the district.
"Offensively, they're pretty well-balanced," Hammer said. "They have the best quarterback in our district. He's very mobile and has a real strong arm. His mobility worries me because he's very capable of running and making something out of nothing. Their running attack is pretty balanced. They have a good mix of a power back and a tailback. We have to gear up to stop the run and make them throw the ball and put them in predictable situations. We have to be real active defensively and swarm the ball and keep Parker contained as much as possible."
Hammer gave an assessment of the Rockets' defense.
"I think size-wise we match up real well with them as far as defensive and offensive lines go," he said. "They have good linebackers with decent speed."
Alta must improve a couple of areas in order to win.
"Last week, special teams really hurt us and we need to address that this week," Hammer said. "We didn't do very well in our punt and kickoff coverages. We just need to get back to where we're playing a complete game again."