ETSN.fm Class 2A/Private Schools Preseason Poll: No. 4 Alto
Alto had a pretty good year in football but an even better track season to wrap up the 2013-2014 school year.
The Yellowjackets boys team took home the Class A state championship, and quite a bit of that talent has returned to the gridiron. Head coach Paul Gould's group returns six offensive and defensive starters with speed at the skill positions.
Of course, there are some challenges.
The program lost a great quarterback in Zac Sturns after he broke 3,009 total yards as a senior.
But Alto averaged 32.9 points per game last season and returns most of its playmakers. Running back Jyran Shaw should be able to show what he can do after a junior year in which he rushed for 193 yards and two touchdowns on just 28 carries.
The receiving corps also looks strong with JaVie'Ontae Mumphrey and Tyarius Hackett back in the lineup. Both players are more than 6-0 and 200 pounds.
The defense is in similar good standing. Mumphrey and Hackett combined to give the Yellowjackets 23 sacks last year, and they can be used universally with their combination of size and speed.
Defensive back Brian Diaz recorded five interceptions last season as a freshman.
There's certainly competition at the top of District 11-2A Division I. Cayuga is in our 2A/Private Schools preseason poll at No. 10 and brings back similar high-level talent.
Non-district games against Bullard Brook Hill and Tenaha should forge the Yellowjackets early.
With its speed and multi-purpose athletes, Alto is entering a good situation this season.
Alto's 2014 Football Schedule
|Aug. 29||at Crockett||W 46-28|
|Sept. 5||Troup||W 56-34|
|Sept. 12||Bullard Brook Hill||CANCELED|
|Sept. 19||Buffalo||W 63-0|
|Sept. 26||at Tenaha||W 72-21|
|Oct. 10||*at Grapeland||W 59-0|
|Oct. 17||*at Carlisle||W 52-34|
|Oct. 24||*Cayuga||W 41-13|
|Oct. 31||*at Kerens||W 31-6|
|Nov. 7||*Cross Roads||W 68-6|
|Nov. 21||vs. Ore City (at New London)||W 65-29|
|Nov. 28||vs. Union Grove (at Carthage)||W 47-0|
|Dec. 5||vs. Centerville (at Palestine)||L 23-20|