The Alta Aurelia Junior High football team hosted the teams from East Sac on Valor Field Thursday, Sept. 13. The 7th grade Warriors started the first game with a few bumps, fumbling two pitches on consecutive offensive possessions. However, the Warrior defense, led by Caleb Renteria's 11 tackles, held up and prevented any big plays to put the Warriors in danger. The running offense started moving the ball and the Warriors capped off the heavy ground game when Cooper Siebrecht scored an 11-yard touchdown. At halftime, the Warriors held a 6-0 lead.
Starting the second half, the Warriors came out and moved the ball nicely, but the drive was stalled after a long touchdown run by Kaleb Sleezer was called back for illegal block. Again, the defense had to step up, when Collin Johnson caused a fumble which was recovered by Cooper Siebrecht. The offense took over and Kaleb Sleezer punched in the second and final touchdown of the game for the Warriors.
ALTA-AURELIA 16 EAST SAC 6
The second game saw the Warriors facing a team that was definitely larger than themselves. "It looked like all their guys were all at least 20 lbs bigger than our guys," said Coach Stevicks. Starting slowly, the undersized Warriors battled tough and after give and take, it was East Sac who struck first, and led 6-0.
The Warrior defense held, and the two point conversion was denied sending the Warriors to the half trailing 6-0. Again, the Warriors came out and showed improvement and gained momentum through a tough defense. With a fumble caused by a hard hitting defense, John Tuttle came up with the ball for the Warriors. The Warriors started to wear on the bigger East Sac team and with good blocking up front from lineman (Jason Hinkeldey, Alex Sangwin, Jordan Wendel, Tristan Jansen, Parker Nelson) the offense capped the drive off when Jared Weiland ran 11 yards to tie the score at 6-6. Quarterback Ryan Radke then passed to Jason Hinkeldey to complete the two point conversion and put the Warriors ahead 8-6.
With great special teams coverage and kicking the Warriors managed good field position and the momentum stayed in the Warrior's favor. The defense began to stiffen and forced East Sac to punt to the ground gaining offense. With great blocking the Warriors moved the ball steadily down the field. With that great blocking, Jared Weiland found a hole in the East Sac defense and ran in from 27 yards for his second touchdown of the night to put the Warriors ahead 14-6. The two point conversion was capped off by Jared Weiland running right up the middle into the heart of the East Sac defense to put the Warriors ahead 16-6, which would be the final score of the game.
"With a strong defensive effort, and continued effort to improve, the guys kept at it and got the blocks they needed to allow the running backs to find daylight," said Coach Fry. Leading the Warriors in tackles were Jared Weiland (12 tackles), Parker Nelson (10 tackles), John Tuttle (6 tackles), and Jordan Wendel (five tackles). The rest of the defense played a great game and even though didn't have a lot of tackles, it was a team effort. Other players with tackles were Ryan Radke (three), Kaleb Sleezer (two), Nick O'Bannon (two), and Chris Langner (one). The Warriors have homecoming week off and will play Sioux Central on Tuesday, Sept. 25 in Albert City.