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of quar­ter­backs be­cause you don’t know what’s go­ing to hap­pen Fri­day night.”

Stock­bridge will look to get 6-foot-5 wide re­ceiver Kevin Burke in­volved. Burke is catch­ing the eyes of sev­eral col­lege scouts so far but has yet to re­ally show­case his tal­ents as a young of­fen­sive line has made it hard for quar­ter­back Ben Carr to find time in the pocket to pass.

Much like Stock­bridge, Hoff­man knows Al­covy will have to es­tab­lish a run­ning game in or­der to take pres­sure off the quar­ter­back and open up the pass­ing game. Af­ter record­ing 100-yard game in the opener against New­ton, se­nior run­ning back Malachi Out­law has failed to reach the cen­tury mark in the last two games.

“The big­gest thing is we have to run the foot­ball a lit­tle bit,” he said. “If you run the foot­ball, the pass­ing game is go­ing to open up. We’ve been way too in­con­sis­tent with the run­ning game so far. We have to find a way to get Malachi (Out­law) some suc­cess.”

Stock­bridge coach Don Vandy­griff made his rep­u­ta­tion as Dublin High School’s de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor be­fore tak­ing the side­lines as a head coach for the first time this year. So far, the re­sults have been mixed. In three games, the Tigers have given up 14, 14 and three points through their first three games. But Vandy­griff has the per­son­nel to run his style of de­fense as he em­ploys a 3-4 base set led by se­nior lineback­ers Tim Lawrence and Thad Rachel.

“Stock­bridge is like every­one else in the re­gion. They are go­ing to spread you out and try to get to the cor­ner with their speed,” Al­covy coach Kirk Hoff­man said.

“De­fen­sively, they run hard to the foot­ball. I’ve been re­ally im­pressed with them de­fen­sively.”

The key to tonight’s game may very well come down to turnovers. The Tigers had trou­ble hold­ing on to the ball at key times last week but did pick up a de­fen­sive score on Nick Wil­son’s 93-yard in­ter­cep­tion re­turn. How­ever, Hoff- man said the en­tire re­gion has speed on de­fense and he knows his team will have to take care of the ball.

“We have to put a solid game to­gether,” he said. “Two weeks ago against East­side we didn’t have any turnovers and we were right there. Last week against North Clay­ton had turnovers and we were still there. But we have to take care of the foot­ball and keep play­ing sound. We’ve been toot­hand-nail with every­one so far. We just have to keep play­ing.”

One game does not make a sea­son and no­body knows that bet­ter than Hoff­man. While his team is 1-2, he is keep­ing things in per­spec­tive. With seven games re­main­ing, the Tigers have time to build upon its re­gion record. A win tonight would be a good start.

“The kids un­der­stand where we are at,” Hoff­man said. “I told the kids to look at the sea­son over­all so far. If you count our scrim­mage, we are 2-2. If you take that out, we’re 1-2 but could eas­ily be 3-0 so it’s not time to start jump­ing ship and pan­ick­ing. We still have a long road ahead of us and plenty of time to get bet­ter.”

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