The Yellow Jackets have been bringing the sting this year, showing no mercy to anyone.
They finished their preseason undefeated and are sitting pretty at 4-0 entering district. It looks to be a promising start for Alto who will be entering a district where no other team has managed to go undefeated.
“Every week coach told us to go out there, work hard, and eventually something like that would happen,” said senior running back Jyran Shaw. “We worked hard during practice, game time came, we executed the plays, and now we're undefeated.”
Averaging over 59 points per game, their offense is under the command of junior quarterback Keenan Johnson.
“We're balanced. We can do more than run the ball. We can also throw the ball and our special teams is doing good,” said Johnson. “It's an all-around effort from our team.”
In last week's impressive 72-14 victory over the previously undefeated Tenaha Tigers, Johnson carried 27 times, tallying 327 rushing yards, and 5 rushing touchdowns.
“That was just his fourth varsity start against Tenaha the other day at quarterback, and that's a big deal. The thing is he's got a lot more to learn and he's going to do it,” said head coach Paul Gould. “He loves coming out to practice, he loves getting after it at practice, and he loves to learn. It's nice to see him come out here, run the offense like it needs to be run, and he's doing a great job doing it.”
Although the preseason is over, it doesn't mean that Alto will be going into district with a different mentality because as far as they're concerned, every game is a big game.
“I feel like it will be the same because we take every game serious. Whether it's preseason, district, playoffs, a state championship, we take the game very serious, game by game,” said Shaw.
“There's more to come. We're not going to stay flat. We're going to keep getting better every day, come out to practice, and work hard every day,” said Johnson.
Alto will have a bye this week and open district play September 10th against Grapeland.
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