ONE FOR THE ROAD

Al­covy downs Stock­bridge 27-6, cap­tures school's first road win

The Covington News - - Sports - By Josh Briggs

The Al­covy Tigers went into Fri­day night’s re­gion game against Stock­bridge in need of an of­fen­sive spark. They got one in quar­ter­back Rod Tolen.

Tolen rushed for 163 yards and one touch­down as the Tigers (2-2, 1-1 Re­gion 8-AAAA) thumped Stock­bridge 27-6 at Stock­bridge Sta­dium to earn their first road win in school his­tory.

Malachi Out­law rushed for three touch­downs in­clud­ing a 32-yard dash in the fourth quar­ter and Tigers de­fense shut down the Stock­bridge run­ning game all night as Al­covy picked up its first re­gion win in the process.

“Be­tween him (Tolen) and Malachi, you have to de­fend the field,” Al­covy coach Kirk Hoff­man said. “I told them that we’ve been so close. We have only been a few steps away. With him (Tolen) back there, it opens up the field for Malachi. We’re get­ting there. We’re get­ting there.”

The Tigers jumped out to an early lead. On their first pos­ses­sion, Tolen broke off a 38-yard run be­fore Devon

the Lady Tigers started strong but Salem never let them get away.

At one point, Salem took the lead early, but af­ter a quick talk with her girls, Briggs ral­lied the troops and Al­covy re­cap­tured the lead.

“ I had to call a time out to get them fo­cused,” Briggs said. “ We came out af­ter that and re­ally played well as a team."

Briggs said the win is sat­is­fy­ing, es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing the im­r­pove­ment she's seen in her team over the past few weeks.

“ We are im­prov­ing ev­ery game," Briggs said. " We just need to keep work­ing. I’m proud of where we are and I want them to keep im­prov­ing and work­ing to­gether.” East­side drops first two in re­gion play

East­side opened up re­gion play Thurs­day with a tri­match against Hart County and Mor­gan County. The Lady Ea­gles fell to Hart County 12- 25, 8- 25 be­fore drop­ping the sec­ond match 26- 24, 19- 25 and 24- 26 to Mor­gan County.

“ Hart County is a good team and out- played us hands down,” East­side coach Angie Lewis said. “ We beat Mor­gan County ear­lier in the sea­son in three games, but we played well that day. Tonight we were play­ing on their mis­takes - not play­ing our game.”

The Lady Ea­gles have been get­ting solid play from sev­eral girls in­clud­ing Katie Johnston and Nia Mullins who reg­is­tered five and four kills re­spec­tively.

But Lewis said her team wasn’t able to dic­tate the flow of the game and that hurt East­side’s chance at victory.

“ Serv­ing aces have been one of our strengths, but we had 15 com­bined ser­vice er­rors in the three games against Mor­gan and it's dif­fi­cult to win a match when the ball doesn't go over the net on serves.”

East­side will get a chance at re­demp­tion as it trav­els to Mor­gan County on Tues­day.

“ The loss hurts,” Lewis said, “ but we'll keep our heads up and try to stay fo­cused on what we need to do to stay in the game."

Josh Briggs/The Cov­ing­ton News

A first for ev­ery­thing: (Above) Matt Gun­nells (44) re­cov­ers his own blocked field goal in the sec­ond quar­ter of Al­covy's 27-6 win over Stock­bridge Fri­day. (Be­low) Rod Tolen eludes tack­lers on his way to 163 yards in his first ca­reer start at quar­ter­back. Al­covy's win is the first away from home in the school's three-year his­tory.

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