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November 29, 2013

Alto's season draws to a close after 42-41 loss to Bosqueville


The old adage that proclaimed football to be a game of inches proved to be true once again Friday night when Bosqueville eked out a 42-41 win over Alto in a Class 1A-I, Region III semi-final that took place at Tigerland Stadium on the campus of A&M Consolidated High School.

Trailing 42-41 following a 40-yard scoring reception from Zach Sturns to L'Darius Pope, Alto head coach Paul Gould called a time out to consider his choices as to whether to try to tie the game up by sending Nicolas Leon in to attempt a point after touchdown, which in all probability would have forced overtime, or to go for two and earn the victory.

Gould choose the second option.

The Yellowjackets called Jacolby Whitaker's number and Whitaker received the direct snap from center and headed around the right side where he was stopped about 36 inches short of the goal line by a Bear defender.

The stop preserved Bosqueville's single-point lead.

On Bosqueville's ensuing possession, after three big gains via the run, the Bears (10-3), the District 12-A-I runner-ups, were content to go into the victory formation for the game's final-two plays to secure the win and advance to next week's regional final where they will face either Mart or West Sabine..

The Yellowjackets end a fine season at 9-4. The Mean Sting were the runner-ups out of District 19-A-I.

Alto owned its only lead of the night at the 6:35 mark of the opening stanza when Whitaker ran in from four yards out, giving the Mean Sting a 6-0 advantage, after the PAT try was no good.

Whitaker carried 18 times for 97 yards against the Bears and scored four (4, 23, 4, 3 yards) touchdowns. He ended his final season as a 'Jacket with 1,701 yards and 30 touchdowns.

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