By Amanda Ernst
HAMILTON, Ohio – Alter managed to hand Badin its first loss on Friday in a 49-3 win at Virgil M. Schwarm Stadium.
The Alter coaching staff said its key to success was to hold onto the ball and block well. Badin coach Bill Tenore said the Rams needed to limit mental mistakes and penalties.
Alter's key to success proved to hold strong but Badin's did not. Badin's ability to move the ball up the field was strained due to multiple penalties throughout the game.
Four minutes into the first quarter, Alter's Tommy Ruff scored a touchdown to put the team ahead, 7-0.
In the final seconds of the first quarter, Alter's quarterback Dusty Hayes ran the ball in for an 18-yard touchdown, making it 14-0 to start the second quarter.
Badin was unable to stop Alter or move the ball down the field in the second quarter, and Alter's Alex Salatin ran in an easy TD to extend the Knights’ lead to 21.
In the third quarter, Badin put its first and only points on the board with a 27-yard field goal by kicker Tyler Williams. But on the ensuing drive, Alter's Tommy Ruff scored another touchdown to make it 28-3 with seven minutes left in the frame.
In the last three minutes of the game, two of Badin's defensive players were taken off the field with injuries, forcing second stringers into service. Alter's Nick Coleman scored with one minute left in the period, bringing the score to 35-3 to start the fourth quarter.
Badin started off its possession with two penalties on the same play, taking the ball back 30 yards, and the Rams were unable to advance. On Alter’s next drive, Hayes scored his second touchdown of the night with 10 minutes to play.
Alter linebacker Tim Seifert intercepted a pass, eventually led to the Knights’ final touchdown by Nico Price to wrap up the scoring. Alter kicker Michael Ruffolo went 7-for-7 in extra point kicks for his team.
“Any time you go up against a 5-0 team, it’s a challenge, but we prepared well this week and we played a good game,” Alter coach Tommy Ruff said.
Alter had a total of 307 rushing yards and eight passing yards. The Knights improved to 5-1.