By Don Wallace
HUNTINGTON — It was a ‘no doubter’ here Friday night.
The No. 1-ranked Alto Yellowjackets were going to win, no doubt about it.
The only mystery on homecoming night for the Red Devils was the final score and the name of the homecoming queen.
Alto won by a 43-0 win and recorded their fourth shutout, padding the season slate to 5-0 for the year.
The Jackets flexed their defensive muscles and let everyone, in classes 3A to 1A see why they are so highly touted.
Huntington had one first down for the game. That’s right one first down.
Even more revealing than that stat is the fact that Alto gave up zero yards rushing. The Red Devils tried 17 rushes, but had no yards. For the night Huntington managed just 70 total yards.
The biggest surprise of the evening was that Alto had to punt, just once, in the lop-sided win.
“We had a good night,” Keith Gardner, Alto head football coach said.“We had a slow start, had to punt, then we got rolling pretty good,” Gardner said. “We overcame some early mistakes and played sound football after that. We wrapped up on our tackles. It was a good overall team win.”
Leading the Alto offense was quarterback Tarlandus Mitchell. Mitchell ran 13 times for 138 yards and also completed 9 of 13 passes for 166 yards.
Marcuse Gasaway had 14 attempts for 127 yards and three scores as the other offensive standout.
On the night where Alto’s defense ruled the gridiron, coach Gardner was hesitant to pick just one standout.
“We had a lot of people contribute in the win,” Gardner said. “I could tell we had more energy and excitement after having the week off. It showed and we played well.”
Alto, 5-0 and ranked No. 1 in the state 1A poll, opens district at Oakwood on Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m.
“We feel comfortable with what we have accomplished to this point,” Gardner said. “We are anxious to get district started and see how that
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