ALTA - The Alta-Aurelia Warriors clung to a precarious 8-0 halftime lead here on Friday against District foe Sibley-Ocheyedan, but couldn't withstand the passing of the Generals' Troy Schmidt and running of Steven Brockshus in the second half, as the Generals raced to a 26-15 win in the season finale for both clubs.
Schmidt completed 7 of 15 pass attempts for 215 yards and a touchdown, and Brockshus gained 140 yards rushing on just nine carries. Schmidt scored twice on short runs and added a TD pass to Brett Doeden, and Ethan Stofferan ran for the other Generals' touchdown. Sibley-O gained 199 yards on the ground and 215 through the air.
The Warriors also had a balanced offensive attack, as they gained 162 yards on the ground and 161 passing. Garret Van Houten led the Warriors' running attack, gaining 59 yards on 18 carries, while Nathan Corlew ran 11 times for 50 yards and quarterback Ryan Friedrich had 34 yards and two TDs on eight carries.
Friedrich also completed 14 of 25 pass attempts for 161 yards, with no interceptions. Sophomore Van Houten also led Warrior receivers with five catches for 42 yards, while Alex Stephan caught three balls for 61 yards, Karl Kennedy three for 34 yards, and Austin Glawe two for 14 yards.
On defense, the Warriors were led by Chris Bengtson, who had eight tackles. Karl Kennedy and Alex Stephan each had seven stops and Manuel Murillo and Taylor Stevicks had five tackles apiece. Stevicks also intercepted a pass and returned it 18 yards.
The Warriors end their season with a 2-7 record (1-6 in the tough District 2), while Sibley-Ocheyedan finished 6-3 (4-3 in the district).