Solemn end

Sor­rells adds to rush­ing record in 14-6 loss to Fayette County

The Covington News - - Sports - Josh Briggs

Al­covy run­ning back Tre Sor­rells did ev­ery­thing he could Thurs­day night against Fayette County. Un­for­tu­nately, 201 yards and a touch­down wasn't enough as the Tigers fell 14-6.

"We played hard again," Al­covy coach Kirk Hoff­man said. "I had some kids that were out that were key kids. It's been that way all year. We just haven't had the same kids grouped in. That's go­ing to hap­pen. We played as hard as we could. The kids stepped in and played hard. I'm proud of them."

Fayette County used a bal­ance at­tack and con­trolled the ball with long drives while Al­covy strug­gled to find an of­fen­sive rhythm. Early on it looked like the Tigers would buck that trend.

Sor­rells came into the game al­ready hold­ing the school record with 1,051 rush­ing yards and he wasted no time adding to it. Sor­rells busted a 57-yard run up the gut for a touch­down on Al­covy's sec­ond play from scrim­mage and quickly the Tigers led 6-0 af­ter the missed the PAT with 10:45 left in the first.

"What can you say about Tre Sor­rells though? Golly," Hoff­man said. "He's just an out­stand­ing kid. He got picked for that ju­nior bowl game which is an honor for him. He had a great game."

But as has been the case through­out the year, Al­covy was un­able to cor­ral the mo­men­tum and keep it go­ing. It would be the Tigers' lone score of the night.

"You just hope that's a kick start and we didn't fin­ish the play," Hoff­man said. "We missed the ex­tra point and that's kind of been our his­tory. We make a good play, then we make a bad play.

Mean­while Fayette County was able to move the chains and keep drives alive even though it only scored twice it­self. Fayette County picked up 16 first downs to Al­covy's 10.

"Give them credit, they made some good plays," Hoff­man said. "They have good size. Their prob­lem

has been they can't put a game to­gether and that's what's killed them."

Af­ter a quick three-and­out to open the game, Fayette County set­tled in nicely on its sec­ond pos­ses­sion. The Tigers marched 62 yards in 16 plays with Tago Smith tak­ing it in from the 1-yard line to put Fayette County up 7-6 af­ter the PAT.

Af­ter an­other three-and­out, Fayette County struck again on their fourth pos­ses­sion. This time Smith hit Geremy Harps for a 64yard touch­down strike and the Fayette County Tigers led 14-6 with 7:09 left in the half.

Nei­ther team could do much for the re­main­der of the half. Al­covy had three more pos­ses­sions but af­ter con­vert­ing a first down on the first play of each drive, the Tigers were un­able to move the chains.

The theme con­tin­ued for Al­covy in the sec­ond half. The Tigers picked up just one first down on their three drives in the third quar­ter. Mean­while Fayette County kept Al­covy's de­fense busy. They man­aged three long drives but Al­covy caught a break each time. First Fayette County fum­bled go­ing into the end zone to give the ball back to Al­covy at the 20 then they missed a 32-yard field goal.

On Fayette County's next pos­ses­sion, Al­covy's de­fense came up big af­ter it gave the Tigers a first down. In need of a stop on thir­dand-3 early in the fourth, Al­covy jumped off­side to al­low Fayette County to con­vert. Al­covy re­sponded seven plays later with an in­ter­cep­tion to keep it a one-pos­ses­sion game.

Al­covy had some­thing go­ing on the en­su­ing drive. The Tigers con­verted a fake punt for a first down then Sor­rells ripped off back-to-back 20-yard runs. In a mi­cro­cosm of the sea­son though, Cor­nell White threw an in­ter­cep­tion in the end zone to end the threat.

"They are a good foot­ball team," Hoff­man said. "When you hold Sandy Creek to three points, you're good de­fen­sively. We get down there twice and we shoot our­selves in the foot. A bad snap. We jumped off­side. You can't do that and win."

Al­covy's de­fense held Fayette County to a three­and-out to get the ball back at its own 34 but the Tigers were un­able to do any­thing with it.

Al­covy's strug­gles weren't limited to of­fense. The de­fense strug­gled to make stops and teams were able to keep pos­ses­sion. Hoff­man and his have plenty of things to look at dur­ing the win­ter.

"It's like some­one said to me to­day when I was com­ing out of the of­fice. In four hours, the sea­son is over. As a foot­ball coach, you say, 'yes, but in four hours and 10 min­utes, the next sea­son starts'", Hoff­man said. "If you're a com­peti­tor, that's what hap­pens."

An­thony Banks/The Cov­ing­ton News

Record night: Tre Sor­rells racked up 201 rush­ing yards Thurs­day in Al­covy's 14-6 loss to Fayette County. Sor­rells fin­ished with a school-record 1,252 yards on the sea­son.

An­thony Banks/The Cov­ing­ton News

Big player: Al­covy' se­nior de­fen­sive line­man and team cap­tain John Hale (44) sacks Fayette County quar­ter­back Tago Smith dur­ing the Tigers' 14-6 loss Thurs­day at Sharp Sta­dium.

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