Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Alchesay offense rolls over Fighting Scouts

By: Keith Morris, The Independent

FORT DEFIANCE - Alchesay is a run-oriented football team.
Anyone wondering why the Falcons chose to go almost exclusively to the ground game got a perfect example in their season-opening game at Window Rock on Thursday night.
Frank Larzelere ran for 205 yards and three touchdowns to spearhead an attack that netted 504 rushing yards and powered the Falcons to a 44-24 victory over the Fighting Scouts.
Like any wise running back, the senior knows he wouldn't be the kind of explosive back he was on Thursday without of the help of an offensive line that just dominated the line of scrimmage. "They're a good line," said Larzelere, who ran 18 times. "They're confident and they like to motivate the team and they're pretty good at their blocking, too. I have to give all the credit to my linemen."
Stephone Hanna added 161 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 25 carries as the Falcons kept the Fighting Scouts guessing about who would get the next call.
While it's the running backs who get most of the glory in a game like this, you can be sure the guys in the trenches are sharing in the fun.
"We're real proud because we're the ones that make the holes for the backs," said senior right guard and defensive tackle Gideon Griggs. "Basically, the offense revolves around the linemen doing their jobs and executing and getting the blocks in."
Window Rock actually led 6-0 on Joshua Pablo's 31-yard catch of a Dwight Tabaha pass three minutes into the game but Larzelere followed with 5 and 12 yard runs to give the Falcons a 14-6 lead before the end of the opening quarter and they would not relinquish it. Hanna broke loose on a 31-yard scoring run before halftime after the Scouts cut the deficit to 14-12 but missed on a two-point pass.
At 22-12 it was still a game at intermission but the Falcons changed all that with a big third quarter.
Larzelere opened the second half with a 56-yard sprint on the first play of the third quarter to the Window Rock 7 and burst up the middle for the final yard to cap the four-play, 63-yard drive that took just 55 seconds and kicked off a three-touchdown quarter for Alchesay touchdowns that put the game out of reach.
Lydo Harvey's 35-yard TD run with 5:16 unplayed in the third was the Falcons' fourth consecutive touchdown before the Scouts cut into the 44-12 deficit with a pair of fourth-quarter scores against the Alchesay reserves.
Alchesay, which beat Window Rock 36-6 in last season's opener in Whiteriver, held Window Rock to 227 yards from scrimmage, including 86 yards on 23 rushing attempts. The Scouts had opportunities to score more first-half touchdowns but good passes went right through open hands on three separate occasions.
"Football is a game of low-man wins," said Window Rock coach Perry Coggins. "Just like they did last year, they ran straight over us north and south. Dropping three touchdowns in the first half didn't help us either. We should have been ahead at halftime.
"When you're behind at halftime and on the first play they break one loose for about 50 yards and we've dropped three touchdown passes, you kind of lose your get up and go. That's what football is: you kill the head and the body dies. We didn't respond immediately after halftime. They stuck another one in and instead of being down 10 we're down 18."
The Falcons improved to 5-0 in opening games in Newcomb's five seasons as head coach.
"It's the first game and we got that out of the way," Newcomb said. "We won the first game. I have a motto: 'You can't win them all unless you win the first one.'
Both teams turned the ball over twice on fumbles.
"Window Rock is a little bit better (than last season) and we're doing some different stuff," Newcomb said. "...We fumbled a punt and we fumbled a quarterback exchange and they scored two touchdowns off that. Then they scored late. I had a lot of guys out of position, trying to get a bunch of kids into the game, I have (37) kids on the roster trying to get them all in."
Alchesay will spend the next three weeks at home, hosting San Carlos at 7 p.m. on Friday in the home opener before entertaining Ganado and Holbrook.

The White Mountain Independent
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Editor's Note: Alchesay High School is a public high school located on the Apache Reservation in Whiteriver, Arizona, Navajo County. They run the Double & Single Wing.

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