ONE FOR THE ROAD
Alcovy downs Stockbridge 27-6, captures school's first road win
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."
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.