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Af­ter a de­lay of game penalty, the Ea­gles’ Milton Ar­tis hooked up with Clarence Jack­son on a 23-yard pass play for a first down with 1:48 left in the pe­riod.

The Tigers’ de­fense, led by Ro­drick Tolen, held the Ea­gles for four downs to give Al­covy the ball at their own 40 yard line. How­ever, the Tigers fum­bled it right back to North Clay­ton at the their own 20 yard line.

North Clay­ton took the ball into the end zone on a Jack­son run around the right side for the score. The Ea­gles missed the ex­tra point and trailed 7-6 at the end of the first quar­ter.

In the open­ing min­utes of the sec­ond quar­ter, Al­covy had the ball at their 14.

The Tigers could not get a drive started due to a de­lay of game penalty with an il­le­gal pro­ce­dure penalty thrown in that put them deeper in the hole.

The ball went over on downs to North Clay­ton at the Al­covy 19. How­ever, the Tigers’ de­fense rose to the oc­ca­sion once more hold­ing, the Ea­gles on four downs.

Al­covy had the ball at their own 19 and be­gan march­ing down the field looking to score the go-ahead touch­down. DeVon Ed­wards picked up 10 yards for a key first down be­fore Thomp­kins found Josh Tay­lor in the flats for four yards.

Af­ter two North Clay­ton penal­ties, the Tigers had the ball at the Ea­gles’ 28. Malachi Out­law spurted up the mid­dle and broke left for 14 yards and a first down with 9:01 re­main­ing in the first half.

A de­lay of game penalty and a quar­ter­back sack stalled the drive forc­ing Al­covy to punt.

The punt rolled dead at the Ea­gle 45 where Al­covy downed the ball to give it over to their de­fense to see if there was a mir­a­cle wait­ing to hap­pen for them.

Not to be, as Jack­son went to work for the Ea­gles reel­ing off 15 yards to give his team a first down with the clock tick­ing away the re­main­ing few min­utes of the half.

Al­covy caught a break when North Clay­ton was flagged on an il­le­gal pro­ce­dure call.

The Tigers got the ball back af­ter the de­fense caused a North Clay­ton fum­ble at the Ea­gles’ 35. Xavier Green re­cov­ered for Al­covy to give them an­other chance at the end zone.

Al­covy started on a drive with Out­law out run­ning the Ea­gle de­fense for 11 yards, but Al­covy failed to cap­i­tal­ize as time ran out in the first half.

Al­covy kicked off to North Clay­ton to open the sec­ond half with the Ea­gles down­ing the ball at Al­covy’s 47 yard line.

The Ea­gles drove the ball down to the Tigers’ two yard line on long runs by Chase Metts, Sin­gle­tary and Ar­tis.

On first and goal Jack­son bulled his way into the end zone for the score to make it 12-7 North Clay­ton.

North Clay­ton set up for the ex­tra point try but pulled a trick out of their hat with a fake kick Ar­tis hit Jack­son in the back of the end zone for the two-point con­ver­sion giv­ing North Clay­ton a 14-7 lead with 3:53 left in the third quar­ter.

Al­covy drove down to the Ea­gle goal line with 58 sec­onds left in the third on big runs by Out­law and Tolen.

Al­covy had the ball sec­ond-and-goal to open the fourth when Tolen plunged up the mid­dle to score the touch­down. The Tigers tied the game with the ex­tra point with 11:28 left to play.

North Clay­ton wasted no time break­ing the tie when Sin­gle­tary re­ceived the Tiger kick off at the 20-yard line and raced 80 yards for the score, giv­ing the Ea­gles a 2114 lead af­ter the ex­tra point.

Al­covy drove the ball to the North Clay­ton 38 with 9:14 re­main­ing.

How­ever, North Clay­ton’s de­fense tight­ened to stop the Tiger threat as time ran out.

“We didn’t take care of the foot­ball and you’ve got to do that to beat a good team, and they are a good team,” Al­covy coach Kirk Hoff­man said. “They are a good team and ev­ery­body’s picked them to win the re­gion.

“We played hard. We just shot our­selves in the foot with the penal­ties and turn­ing the ball over.”

The Tigers are on the road Fri­day for an­other re­gion match up against the Stock­bridge.

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