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A-A Warriors fall to Sioux Central, 25-21

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

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Alta-Aurelia's Garret VanHouten (45) takes off with a fumble recovery during recent Warrior football action. The A-A club dropped a hard-fought 25-21 battle to District foe Sioux Central last week. Photo Jeff T. Benson, Lyon County Reporter [Order this photo]
ALBERT CITY - The Alta-Aurelia Warriors fell, 25-21, to the host Sioux Central Rebels here on Friday night in a District 1A football contest.

The Warriors' offensive attack was primarily on the ground, with speedy senior Jalen Henningsen again leading the assault with 192 yards on 18 rushing attempts, including an 80 yard scoring dash. Garret VanHouten gained 46 yards on 16 attempts and he scored twice on short runs. Junior QB Joe Napierala attempted only two passes on the night and completed one of them, good for 17 yards to freshman Sean Berg.

Sioux Central quarterback Brad Ripke completed three of his nine pass attempts for 36 yards, with Nick Wittmaack grabbing all three receptions. Like the Warriors, though, most of the Rebels' yards came on the ground, as Collin Swanson ran the ball 32 times for 143 yards and scored two touchdowns on short runs; Ripke gained 134 yards on eight carries, including a 67 yard touchdown run; and Nick Wittmaack also scored on a 28 yard run.

Alta-Aurelia had three players who were each in on 10 or more tackles, with Taylor Stevicks making 12 stops, Manny Murillo 11, and Ross Parcel 10.

Collin Swanson was in on 16 tackles for Sioux Central, including one for a loss of yardage, while Dallas Heuton was in on 12 stops and Ethan Lindquist had 11 stops - three of them for losses, including two quarterback sacks.

Sioux Central's win Friday was their first in District play after two losses,and they are now 3-2 overall.

Alta-Aurelia's season record now stands at 1-5, and they are 0-3 in District play as they head into a homecoming game at Alta Friday against Pocahontas Area/Pomeroy-Palmer (0-5, 0-3),



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