The rain and lightning that delayed the start of our Friday night double header helped create the perfect storm for the Alton Redbirds who ended a 17-game losing streak last night at Public School Stadium.
Alton overcame four first half turnovers and took a 7- 6 lead into the locker rooms at the half. Then in the third quarter, Alton senior running back Zach Lovett broke a 53 yard touchdown run. Alton added the extra point to extend their lead to eight points and they remained in control heading into the fourth quarter. The Alton defense stood strong on the final drive, knocking down a hail mary pass as time expired to seal the 14-6 victory over the Collinsville Kahoks.
The win is the first for head coach Jeff Alderman and is the first win for the progam in a little more than two years. The Redbirds will look to make it two in a row next week on the road against O'Fallon.
Our other scheduled matchup lastnight between the Hillsboro Hilltoppers and Roxana Shells was postponed due to a power outage midway through the first quarter with Hillsboro leading 7-0. The game will resume tonight at 7 p.m. in Roxana and can be heard on tape delay on Z-1570 starting at 1 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.
Our other teams in the Riverbend will also be in action today as C.M. plays at Breese Mater Dei, East Alton/Wood River takes on Trenton Wesclin and then we wrap up week 3 with live action from Public School Stadium as Marquette hosts Mount Olive with our coverage starting at 7 p.m.