Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

November 25, 2013

Former JHS Indian has Alto playing in regional semi-final for 4th-stright year

Jay Neal
Jacksonville Daily Progress



The Alto Yellowjackets outlasted the Bobcats of Hull-Daisetta, 47-42, in a Class 1-A-1, Region III Area matchup Thursday night at Abe Martin Stadium at Lufkin High School.

Although the Mean Sting are led by first-year head coach Paul Gould, the team's results on the gridiron has remained true-to-form, as Alto will be playing in its four-consecutive regional semi-final when the Yellowjackets (9-3) go up against the Bosqueville Bulldogs (9-3) at 6 p.m. Friday evening at Tiger Stadium in College Station.

Gould's name may be familiar to many Jacksonville Indian fans as Gould was a 1995 graduate of Jacksonville High School and was a former Fight'n Indian football player.

After graduating Stephen F. Austin State University, Gould returned to Alto as the team's offensive coordinator.

He was named head coach in the off season, following the retirement of Keith Gardner.

Speaking of offense, the Yellowjackets tallied 488 total yards in their exciting — Zach Sturns scored the game-winning touchdown with 1:01 to play in the game showing on the scoreboard — in last week's victory.

Jacolby Whitaker carried 20 times for 2376 yards and five touchdowns, while quarterback Sturns had 20 runs for 222 yards and two touchdowns.

As a team, Alto averages right at 396 total yards per game and is averaging 39 points an outing.

Bosqueville finished the regular season as the runner-up out of District 12-A-I.

The Bulldogs wrapped a date with Alto by clobbering Price-Carlisle, 41-13, in the Area round on Friday.

The Yellowjackets and the Bulldogs faced off at the same point a year ago, with Alto pressing out a 35-14 triumph over Bosqueville.