Alcona runs over struggling Huskies

LINCOLN-If Alcona wanted to make a point to its new North Star League competition in the first game of the season, it certainly did so on Thursday, with a 51-0 rout of an Atlanta Huskie squad that struggled defensively against Alcona’s four pronged rushing attack.

“I think this is the first time in my career as a coach that I’ve had four runners like this, all of who are stars. I couldn’t be happier with the way they played tonight and the way the team played as a whole,” Alcona coach Dave Schneider said.

Fullback Nathan Fettes had a huge night with 145 yards on 11 carries, scoring two touchdowns. Josh Mead rushed for 110 yards on 10 carries, picked up two rushing touchdowns and a 51-yard interception return for a touchdown. Quarterback Cody Franklin had 109 yards on six carries with a touchdown.

Halfback Garrette Norling rushed for 28 yards and picked up two touchdowns. Norling and Chad Cole led Alcona defensively with nine and 10 tackles, respectively.

Alcona struck quick in the first half, with a 26-yard Fettes touchdown three minutes into the quarter. Its second touchdown was a 60-yard rush from Cody Franklin 2 1/2 minutes later. Alcona made one two-point conversion to take a quick 14-0 lead.

Atlanta struggled against a hard hitting Alcona defense. Its first drive started successfully, with a three yard pass and an eight yard run, but quarterback Seth Teets fumbled, giving the ball up to Fettes. Atlanta had seven more fumbles in the game, three of which were turnovers that led to Tigers touchdowns.

The Tigers picked up two more touchdowns in the first half to take a 30-0 lead. The end of the half saw Alcona up 44-0, after Fettes scored a 34 yard touchdown. Alcona’s last touchdown came in the third on an eight-yard Norling rush.

Alcona football newcomer Carson Jamieson kicked a few extra points, the first Schneider has tried as a coach.

“In practice, the kid is automatic (at kicking field goals). This was his first football game ever. Normally, I like two pointers because they put a little pressure on the other team, but with his foot, I figured we could give it a shot,” he said.

The Huskies couldn’t keep up with Alcona’s offense. Although players like Jacob Wojoviets and Evan Reeves had some solid tackles,

Atlanta struggled to fill the holes in Alcona’s offensive line and let too many big running plays pass them by.

Josh Barette led Atlanta with 20 rushing yards, with Taylor Juergens picking up five.

Juergens led in receptions with three catches for 24 yards.

“We have a lot of work to do. We had some good passes, but we gotta work on our run and we gotta work on our line. The guys played hard to the end,” Atlanta head coach Troy Cheedie said.