Facing neighboring Oakwood in a Division IV Region 16 quarterfinal at Fairmont’s Rousch Stadium, the Knights handled the Lumberjacks 33-0 to remain unbeaten and advance.
Saturday was a good day to be a Knight.
“It was an Alter Day,” Alter football coach Ed Domsitz said. “Every now and then we get one of those and today was one of those days where it was great to be wearing the brown and gold.”
The same can’t be said for the blue and gold.
Outmanned and muscled, Oakwood fell behind 14-0 less than six minutes in and never recovered.
Offensively the Jacks mustered minus-one yard of total offense on the night.
“Films don’t lie,” Oakwood coach Paul Stone said. “What I saw on film, I saw tonight. Offensively we didn’t have an answer for their defense. We just didn’t have the personnel.”
“You’re going to get pumped up for a game like this,” Alter junior DE Collin Boucher said. “It’s Alter versus Oakwood – one of those dream match ups. When we came here tonight we got pumped. We got after them and hit them in the mouth on the first play and after that it seemed like everything went our way.”
Alter displayed a bevy of options in accumulating 429 total yards of its own.
Junior quarterback Austin Boucher, Collin’s twin brother, scored on a 77-yard run and threw a 59-yard scoring strike to Danny Jasper. Senior running back Chris Roark pounded out a team-high 117 yards on 17 carries and scored on a 10-yard run. Junior back Chris Borland added TD runs of 42 and 4 yards, while sophomore Cody Taulbee carried 11 times for 48 yards.
“They got a little more speed and some guys that make you miss,” Stone said. “They also have a quarterback that I think is the best I’ve seen this year. We don’t see that type of kid in the SWBL very often. He’s got great poise and athletic ability. And he’s a leader.”
Oakwood, which started the season 6-0 for the first time since 1985, finishes 7-4.
Alter, which is 25-1 in its last 26 games (the lone loss being to Steubenville in last year’s D-III state final), now turns its attention to another playoff regular – Coldwater.
The Cavaliers (10-1) dismantled Jonathan Alder 43-14.
The rare meeting of Greater Catholic League and Midwest Athletic Conference teams will occur next Saturday at a site to be determined Sunday.
Said Stone: “You never know how things are going to work out, but if that team right there (Alter) isn’t in Canton, I’d be surprised.”