Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

November 21, 2013

Alto gets a Sturns TD with 61 seconds left to down Hull-Daisetta, 47-42

Doc Smith, Sports Correspondent
Jacksonville Daily Progress


Both teams combined for 1,061 yards of combined yardage in the high scoring affair that looked like the winner would be the last team to have the ball in a wild and wooly skirmish that kept fans on the edge of thier seats all night.

The game featured three ball carriers for 200-plus yards, and multiple scores from Alto’s, Jacolby Whitaker and quarterback, Justin Sturns, and Hull-Daisetta signal-caller, Cade Huckabay.

Whitaker ran for five touchdowns, and threw for a PAT conversion and ran for 222-yards.

Alto quarterback, Zach Sturns ran for two scores, and finished the game with 220-yards in 19 carries for the game.

Huckabay scored four times, threw for another score and also caught an important PAT pass. The Bobcat quarterback ran for 218-yards in 21 carries, adding another, 81-yards through the air in the loss.

Whitaker scored on back-to-back drives in the third quarter to take the first Alto lead. The two teams exchanged the lead two more times before the game winning tally with 1:01 left to play. Sturns carried six tacklers into the end zone from 16-yards out in the final quarter for the winning score.

On the second play of the game Huckabay optioned around the left side for a 70-yard touchdown gallop. Cody Welch followed up with the PAT kick and a fast, 7-0, Hull-Daisetta lead.

The ‘Jackets tied the game at 7-7 after a 26-yard run by Jacoby Whitaker, and the Nicholas Leon kick with 3:07 left in the opening stanza.

A two-yard run by Huckabay and the PAT kick was answered by a 57-yard jaunt by Whitaker but the first block made it a 14-13 contest.

Welch was on the receiving end of a 46-yard pitch-and-catch from Huckabay, again answered by Whitaker’s third score with a 6-yard blast. However another PAT block by the Bobcats made it 20-19.

Later with five-seconds left in the half, Huckabay plowed in from 14-yards out with just five-seconds remaining in the half for a 27-19 cushion at the break.

Alto got a fumble recovery from Armando Arroyo and an interception from Keenan Johnson to end the game.


Alto 47, Hull-Daisetta 42



Alto 7 12 22 6 - 47

Hull-Daisetta 7 20 8 7 - 42


Scoring Summary

First Quarter

H-D: Cade Huckabay 70 run, (Dustin Welch PAT kick good), 11:42

A: Jacolby Whitaker 26 run, (Nicholas Leon PAT kick good), 3:07

Second Quarter

HD: Huckabay 2 run, (Welch kick good), 9:51

A: Zach Sturns 57 run, (kick blocked), 9:22

HD: Cody Welch 46 pass from Huckabay, (PAT pass failed), 4:46

A: Whitaker 6 run, (PAT kick blocked), 2:31

HD: Huckabay 14 run, (Welch kick good), :05

Third Quarter

A: Whitaker 3 run, (kick blocked), 8:33

A: Whitaker 1 run, (Whitaker PAT run good), 5:10

HD: Huckabay 6 run, (Huckabay PAT pass from Welch), 1:31

A: Whitaker 66 run, (Tyarius Hackett pass from Whitaker), :00

Fourth Quarter

HD; Huckabay 6 run, (Welch kick good), 2:45

A: Sturns 16 run, Pat pass failed), 1:01