Alcovy tops Salem, Lady Eagles drop a pair in region
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.”