Al­covy tops Salem, Lady Ea­gles drop a pair in re­gion

The Covington News - - Sports - By Josh Briggs

Al­covy took care of busi­ness across town on the volleyball court Thurs­day de­feat­ing Salem 25- 10, 25- 22 at a non- re­gion tri- match.

Leah An­der­son had a solid over­all match as she led the Lady Tigers from the serv­ing line and at the net.

“ In the first game we came out fast and got into a good rhythm,” Al­covy coach Amanda Briggs said. “ We’ve been work­ing on some things in prac­tice that we showed to­day. Leah ( An­der­son) had a great game. She played re­ally well at the net and serv­ing."

Al­covy jumped out to an early lead in the first game and never looked back. In the sec­ond game,

Ed­wards scam­pered over the right side for 23 more to set the Tigers up with a first-and-goal from the 2-yard line. Two plays later, Out­law punched it in for his first touch­down and af­ter a missed ex­tra point, Al­covy led 6-0 with 4:31 left in the first quar­ter.

“As much heat as the of­fen­sive line has taken, boy they had a great game tonight,” Hoff­man said. “They reded­i­cated. They came to­gether as a unit and, you know, we’ve been wait­ing on that. We’ve watched film and four out of five do some­thing right and the one that doesn’t gets us beat so it was huge for us.”

Tolen and Out­law shared the rush­ing load on Al­covy’s third pos­ses­sion as the Tigers marched 51 yards in nine plays for their sec­ond score. Out­law scored on a 3-yard run and the Tigers led 13-0 at half­time.

Al­covy chewed up yards on the ground and con­tin­u­ally ran the ball on the edges. The Tigers moved the ball at will and Tolen had sev­eral long runs in­clud­ing a 30-yard touch­down over the left side that put the Tigers up 20-0 mid­way through the third quar­ter.

When Stock­bridge did get into a rhythm, the Tigers’ de­fense re­sponded as Nick Wil­son had one in­ter­cep­tion and Matt Gun­nells blocked a field goal at­tempt in the sec­ond quar­ter.

The game could have been much worse for Stock­bridge had Al­covy not com­mit­ted back-to­back penal­ties on a drive deep into en­emy ter­ri­tory. Dur­ing the drive, Out­law scam­pered 11 yards for a first down but a hold­ing penalty negated the gain. One play later, again on third down, Out­law scam­pered for 17 yards to move the chains, but a sec­ond hold­ing call backed the Tigers up and forced them to punt.

The Tigers’ spe­cial teams picked up the of­fense on sev­eral oc­ca­sions. Al­covy dic­tated the flow of the game from the start as it con­trolled field po­si­tion with sev­eral di­rec­tional kicks. Tiger punter Kyle Vo­jte­sak pinned Stock­bridge in­side the 5yard line twice and made sev­eral pre­cise kicks along the side­lines to give his team short fields to work with.

“Kyle (Vo­jte­sak) does ev­ery­thing we ask of him,” Hoff­man said. “The kick­offs were where we wanted them. The an­gles kicks were where we wanted them. We came to­gether and again, they were coach­able.”

Out­law scored his third touch­down with 4:55 re­main­ing in the game and Al­covy’s de­fense pitched a shutout un­til late in the fourth quar­ter when quar­ter­back Ben Carr threw a 65-yard touch­down pass with 4:27 re­main­ing in the game.

“De­fen­sively we’ve played well all year,” he said. “We just missed tack­les but I’ll tell you, th­ese coaches got them over on the bench and we started mak­ing tack­les.”

Hoff­man was pleased with his team’s per­for­mance but knows one win does not make a sea­son. The Tigers will have their hands full as they are on the road again next week for an­other big re­gion game.

“We won a re­gion game last year and we want to en­joy the win tonight and to­mor­row, but we have to get ready for next week,” he said. “Jones­boro is no slouch. They went down there with Val­dosta and went tooth and nail with them so we are go­ing to en­joy it to­day then get back to work.”

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