UIL’s 10th football district of the big school division of 1A has been loaded since realignments went out about a year and a half ago. Dave Campbell’s group picked it out as one of the toughest districts in the conference, and thus far it has lived up to all of its high expectations. West Sabine of Pineland, Texas, has creamed everybody, and San Augustine has been a dark horse mounted by an ironclad, touchdown-wielding football knight. Alto as well has played primo football, and the rest of the district—Grapeland, Shelbyville, and Cushing—have all just gasped for breath beneath the tide of 10-1A DI.
Alto (5-3, 2-1), a team laden with playoff wins and state championships over the past decade, comes to the table ready to send a message to the naysayers that though they aren’t the Yellowjackets of 2006 or 2007, they’re still the rich historied team that has eyes set on winning big wherever they go.
They facilitated that goal well as they visited Grapeland (2-6, 1-2), routing the Sandies 57-20. In what was a very lopsided victory, Alto was able to capitalize on Grapeland’s mistakes and turn them into scoreboard lights.
Alto entered halftime with a 40-0 lead over Grapeland, which was much attributed to the passing talents of quarterback Zach Sturns and the ground pound running of Jacolby Whitaker. One of those scores, though, came from a 32-yard Alto fumble recovery when Sandie quarterback Isaac Lewis mishandled a snap that fell into the grasp of Javie’Ontae Mumphrey. The Sandies, a team with a stigma attached to their turnovers, gave the ball to Alto seven times on the night, and twice the turnovers were turned into Yellowjacket scores.
The second half proved a good deal more successful for the Sandies, who picked up a 7-yard touchdown by way of Shaun Walker’s legs with 4:26 left in the third. Alto responded with a 27-yard field goal by Nicolas Leon to push the score up to 50-7.