Sec­ond-year Al­covy ends sea­son with 17-10 loss

Win­der-Bar­row fin­ishes with 38-yard touch­down pass

The Covington News - - SPORTS - By Eric McDon­ald

The Al­covy foot­ball team’s sea­son came to an abrupt end as it fell to Win­der-Bar­row for the sec­ond time this year 1710 on Fri­day night at Homer Sharp Sta­dium.

“I can’t be any prouder of my group of kids,” said Al­covy head coach Kirk Hoff­mann. “Look at where we came from; let’s not hang our heads, let’s just use this as a build­ing block.”

Al­covy (2-8 over­all, 1-5 Re­gion 8-AAAA, Sub-re­gion B) re­ceived the ball on its very first pos­ses­sion to start the first quar­ter.

Quar­ter­back Ryan Led­ford be­gan to find his rhythm early, con­nect­ing with re­ceivers Eric Strozier (8 catches for 175 yards) and Cody Ed­wards to build a 7-play drive. It was stalled af­ter a short gain on the ground and two in­com­plete passes to force a Tigers punt.

But punter Tim Walsh’s kick was par­tially blocked by Zach Mann at the 48-yard line for a 6-yard punt.

Win­der quar­ter­back Greg Dixon then called his own num­ber for the Bull­doggs on their first pos­ses­sion, but was drilled on a gang tackle led by Kelvin Yates for a 3-yard loss. And on third and 13 at the Bull­doggs 39-yard line, Yates — along with Mau­rice Valen­tine — sacked Dixon for a 12-yard loss, bring­ing it to the Bull­doggs 28.

The Tigers con­tin­ued to have trou­ble mov­ing the ball against Win­der (5-5, 1-5 Re­gion 8AAAA, Sub-re­gion A) for much of the first quar­ter. They all but fell apart due to a hold­ing penalty and a 12-yard sack by Det­ric Davis, driv­ing Al­covy back to mid­field.

Led­ford re­cov­ered to con­nect with Strozier again, this time for 13 yards, only to have it come back by an­other hold-

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