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.