Sandy • It wasn't a game that would fill a highlight reel, but what Alta's 19-7 victory Friday night against visiting Riverton lacked in pizazz, it made up for in grit.
The Hawks scored two rushing touchdowns and had only two plays longer than 20 yards, but it was enough to remain undefeated heading into next week's showdown with Jordan.
Alta, which averaged 29 points per game through its first three outings, got two field goals from Tanner Valerio from 40 and 33 yards and running back Max Broman's 5-yard touchdown run with 3:56 to play capped the scoring.
Riverton (2-2) moved the ball well, but was felled by untimely penalties and some big plays by the Alta defense.
Stratton Brown capped a 76-yard drive with a 3-yard touchdown on the Silverwolves' opening possession. But Riverton failed to get deeper than the Alta 23-yard line the rest of the night.
"They are very efficient with that offense," Alta coach Bob Stephens said. "They are disciplined, and it's a hard thing to prepare for. It takes everybody staying to their assignments."
It was the second straight frustrating week for Riverton's offense, which was shut out by Syracuse on Aug. 31.
The Silverwolves amassed 240 yards rushing on 50 carries, led by Jake Simonich's 56 yards. However, quarterback Zach Cameron was sacked five times and held to just 42 passing yards.
Alta quarterback Chipper Lucero scored on a 1-yard run in the second quarter to give the Hawks a 10-7 halftime lead. He completed 22 of 34 passes for 224 yards and was held without a passing touchdown for the first time this season.
"We knew coming in that they were probably going to take away the long stuff and we were going to be patient and take the underneath stuff," Stephens said. "We tried to get our running game going a little bit in the second half."