Warrior football secures first victory against Shenandoah

Alta-Aurelia senior Cade Rohwer tackles Shenandoah running back David Rendon.

Kaden Stites and Cade Rohwer each ran for a touchdown and Alta-Aurelia’s defense kept Shenandoah out of the end zone for the final three quarters as the Warriors beat the Mustangs 13-7 in a non-district game last Friday at Alta.
 
Each team scored a touchdown in the first quarter. Stites ran 32 yards for a score to put the Warriors ahead 7-0.
 
Alta-Aurelia took the lead for good when Rohwer ran 5 yards for a touchdown with 1 second left in the first half. The PAT was no good and it was 13-7 Warriors.
 
Neither team was able to generate a scoring drive in the second half as both defenses took control of the game.
 
Alta-Aurelia finished with 204 yards of total offense, including 184 on the ground. Stites led the way with a career-high 95 yards on 20 carries. Preston McCoy added 55 yards on 15 carries and Rohwer 35 yards on 12 carries.
 
J.R. Rodriguez led the Warriors on defense with 6.5 total tackles. Levi Sleezer had six stops, Ryan Jensen 5.5, and McCoy and Alex DeRoos five apiece.
 
Teagan Meyer and Sleezer each recovered a fumble while Brock Mier intercepted a pass. Sleezer’s fumble recovery was a huge play late in the game.
 
“I’m very happy for our guys,” Alta-Aurelia coach Chris Reinert said. “We went from not having a game Wednesday to playing on Friday. Despite that, the team had focused practices on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday as we worked on bettering ourselves. It was a quick turnaround. I felt we had a very focused practice on Thursday as we installed game plan and executed fairly well on Friday night. Shenandoah has a great quarterback, running back and receiver combination. They threatened late in the game and our kids never folded.
 
“Our offense was clicking well in the first half of the game, and after some rain during halftime and adjustment Shenandoah made, struggled a little more in the second half,” Reinert added. “Kaden Stites had a great game on offense. He was up over 100 yards rushing until the fourth quarter when we tried to get him outside a couple times and without solid footing there lost some yards. On defense, again a number of contributions from several members. A key interception by Brock Mier and a fumble recovery in the final minute of the game by Levi Sleezer were huge in the fourth quarter.”