By Don Wallace
ALTO — What was billed as the top two teams in the district colliding, turned out to be a one-sided game.
The No. 1-state ranked Jackets lived up to their rating as they rolled 51-0 over Cayuga.
Alto, winners of 22 games in a row, was supposed to be challenged by the Wildcats and highly-touted running back Traylon Shead.
Shead, who has more than 1,600 yards and 20 touchdowns before Friday, ended the night with just 78 and 17 attempts and no scores.
Shead was held below his per game average of 207 yards.
“We held Shead in check most of the night,” Paul Gould, Alto assistant football coach said. “We got to him before he got rolling. We did not give him many places to run. We are proud of our overall performance against Cayuga.”
The Alto defense was spearheaded by All-State linebacker Lance Low with 13 tackles. Also playing well were Michael Parker, Tarlandus Mitchell and Mikel Houston.
“We had laid some fine licks, we had a few big hits against Cayuga,” Gould said.
Alto erupted for 12 quick points in the first quarter and padded the lead with 20 more in the second frame for a 32-0 halftime lead.
Marcus Gasaway had four touchdowns and raced for 120 yards on just 10 tries. Mitchell has over 100 yards rushing as well and scored an 11-yard run and also threw an 86-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Thacker.
Cayuga managed just six downs in the game. Alto had 470 total yards compared to 144 for the Wildcats.
Alto is now 3-0 in District 20-1A play, 8-0 for the year with six shutouts.
“We hope to be still improving. We did not make many mistakes against Cayuga. We were able to mix up our offense and play good defense. We want to build up a head of steam going into the playoffs,” Gould said.
Alto, the defending Class 1A state champions, have games left with Cushing and Cross Roads.
For the year the Jackets have scored 382 points, allowing 40.
By Don Wallace
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