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