Ri­vals East­side, Al­covy look to as­sert early sea­son dom­i­nance

The Covington News - - Sports -

You don't have to be a big-time col­lege foot­ball pro­gram like Ohio State or Michi­gan to have a good old fash­ioned ri­valry. Two teams hun­gry for brag­ging rights will suf­fice.

With one game un­der their belts, the Al­covy Tigers roll into Sharp Sta­dium tonight looking to prove they be­long in the dis­cus­sion of who is top foot­ball team in New­ton County. If they are to make that claim, they will have to beat an East­side team that looked the part Thurs­day night against Har­ris County.

East­side comes into the game rid­ing the emo­tion of a 28-0 pound­ing it put on Har­ris County in week one. The Ea­gles looked un­stop­pable in their opener, scor­ing on their first two pos­ses­sions and four times out of eight touches. If not for a fum­ble in the end zone to­ward the end of the first half and a coach­ing de­ci­sion to run out the clock at the end of the game, with the ball in­side the 10-yard line, the score could have eas­ily been 42-0. Both teams looked good on de­fense, es­pe­cially Al­covy which held New­ton to 57 yards of to­tal of­fense and kept the Rams off the score­board. The Tigers swarmed to the ball and Matt Gun­nels has been as good as ad­ver­tised so far as he racked up six tack­les with three sacks and one forced fum­ble against a fast Rams team. Rod Tolen played well in his de­but at cor­ner­back as he pitched in with an in­ter­cep­tion in the end zone to help pre­serve Al­covy’s shutout. But the Tigers will have to score more than three points if they are to beat an East­side team that seem­ingly scored at will in their game.

East­side head coach Rick Hurst said

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