By Don Wallace

sports@jacksonvilleprogress.com

ALTO — The No. 1-state ranked Jackets added another page to their resume.

Alto scored on offense, defense and special teams as they mauled the Mustangs from Burkeville, 74-0.

The Jackets averaged 14 yards per carry and only had 26 offensive plays.

The large homecoming crowd at Jacket Stadium enjoyed the rout, staying for the entire game which featured touchdowns from starters and reserves alike.

Tarlandus Mitchell, who had escorted the homecoming queen Sharenza Green in pregame activities, showed off his speed on an 80-yard punt return. The extra point kick by Derek Mumphrey hit the cross bar. But Alto had a 6-0 lead 9:09 left in the first quarter.

Alto kept on racking up points Mumphrey threw a 38-yard scoring pass to Brandon Thacker. The kick by Mumphrey was good.

Burkeville soon was punting again with a drive stalled following a quarterback sack by Clayton Scott.

Later Alto went ahead 20-0 when Devon Patton scored on run up the middle of the field 41 yards.

Scott returned an interception deep into Burkeville territory to set up another score. This tally came when Mitchell kept the ball and followed blockers to the end zone as Alto went up 27-0.

Marcuse Gasaway got into the action with a short touchdown run and the first quarter ended with Alto leading 33-0.

The score was 54-0 at intermission other scores coming from Thacker on a 56-yard reception from Mitchell. Gasaway scored on a 34-yard run and Derek Crisp turned a Burkeville fumble into a touchdown.

In the third period, Javonte Jones got a touchdown a short run set up by a 53-yard gain by Demarcus Griffin.

Kyle Denum and Griffin added late scores and Alto won by the final of 74-0.

The Jackets rushed for 259 yards on 18 carries and Mitchell completed all four passes he threw for 116 yards.

Mumphrey made seven of nine extra points.

For the year Alto has scored 170 points allowed zero.

Top rusher is Gasaway with 307 yards while Mitchell has rushed for 151 yards and four scores and thrown for 312 yards with five more touchdowns.

“We played well the entire night,” Keith Gardner, Alto head coach said. “We did it all, offense, defense and special teams. It is good to see scores coming from defense and special teams like that.”

Gardner said, “We’re excited to be 3-0. I think if we continue to improve. We will be right where we need to be when district opens up.”

The Hemphill Hornets (2-1) play in Alto Friday at 7:30 p.m.

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