Tigers, Hoffman pleased

The Covington News - - Sports - BRYAN FAZIO bfazio@cov­news.com

Al­covy may have lost its pre­sea­son ex­hi­bi­tion game 13-10 to Dun­woody Fri­day night, but that didn’t lower Tigers’ coach Kirk Hoffman’s sat­is­fac­tion with what he saw.

“We got ev­ery­thing out of the scrim­mage we wanted,” Hoffman said.

The Tigers ro­tated first and sec­ond team play­ers in and out of the lineup through the first three quar­ters, be­fore turn­ing it over to the younger guys in the fourth and fi­nal quar­ter.

Us­ing the ro­ta­tion sys­tem, Hoffman was able to eval­u­ate many of his play­ers, see­ing which ones have im­proved over the off­sea­son and which ones didn’t per­form as well as he would have liked.

“We ro­tated them al­most ev­ery se­ries,” Hoffman said. “We used three dif­fer­ent full­backs. De­fen­sively, I think we played nine dif­fer­ent kids in the sec­ondary in that first half, and then played six lineback­ers. We ro­tated through quite a bit. We got to see a lot of kids play.”

See­ing that many mem­bers of his team get play­ing time is what Hoffman liked the most about Fri­day night’s game, over the Tigers touch­down and field goal.

“(De­fen­sive backs) coach Erik McMil­lan made the state­ment that that’s what pre­sea­son ex­hi­bi­tion is all about, find­ing those who can’t play as much as those who can.”

Some who can play are quar­ter­back Marcus Wil­liams and re­ceiver Ant­won Glover, who con­nected on Al­covy’s lone touch­down play. Risen Richard­son tacked on a field goal for the Tigers.

Wil­liams, who started in three games for Al­covy a year ago, was one of three

play­ers who saw time with the var­sity at quar­ter­back. The oth­ers were Chris­tian Whit­ner, who trans­ferred to Al­covy from an­other state in the off­sea­son, and Clay­ton An­der­son, who played on the ju­nior var­sity team in 2011.

The three, along with 2011 starter Cor­nell White, are not only com­pet­ing to see who can be the Tigers’ sig­nal caller but also how they can add to the team in the other po­si­tions they can play.

Wil­liams also dou­bles as a good free safety, An­der­son can play tight end and White played run­ning back Fri­day night.

“All three made good reads and didn’t’ make plays that would get us beat,” Hoffman said. “But now it’s kind of are we bet­ter with this kid at quar­ter­back or this kid at safety, this kid at quar­ter­back or this kid at tight end. Who­ever is not play­ing at quar­ter­back is go­ing to play some­where else.”

While four kids are com­pet­ing for one po­si­tion, the Tigers have open­ings at sev­eral other po­si­tions, and may have found some play­ers to fill those holes.

In the sec­ondary D’An­thony Bell “def­i­nitely put him­self on the radar,” ac­cord­ing to Hoffman, and Ro­man Mack made a strong im­pres­sion as well.

“I wanted to see if he (Mack) could help us back there, and he made some nice plays,” Hoffman said.

As Al­covy pre­pares for its first reg­u­lar sea­son matchup, in a lit­tle un­der two weeks, against Jones County, one thing it will need to work on is the penal­ties and lit­tle mis­takes that were ev­i­dent against Dun­woody Fri­day night.

“There’s an old say­ing that sup­pos­edly you make the best im­prove­ments be­tween game one and two, and hope­fully that will hap­pen for us,” Hoffman said. “We know we found out where a lot of our mis­takes are and we have to start cor­rect­ing the penal­ties.” trainer will per­form treat­ments within his/her scope of prac­tice to help ath­letes re­turn to play as soon as pos­si­ble eval­u­a­tions of ath­letes who sus­tain in­juries and make de­ci­sions re­gard­ing the need for im­me­di­ate treat­ment, eval­u­a­tion by a physi­cian and re­turn to play based on that eval­u­a­tion. trainer will be able to ren­der treat­ment within his or her scope of prac­tice, which may al­low the ath­lete to re­turn to play within the same prac­tice or com­pe­ti­tion. that the ath­lete needs fur­ther eval­u­a­tion be­fore re­turn­ing to play, the of­fice of Ge­or­gia Or­tho­pe­dics and Sports Medicine will have the ath­lete eval­u­ated as soon as pos­si­ble, usu­ally within 24 hours, so the ath­lete can be back to sports in a timely school’s trainer be­ing present at each football game (both home and away), the team physi­cian and/or the physi­cian’s as­sis­tant will be on the side­lines at most home football games and some away games.

- vices out­lined above, there are plans to im­ple­ment an in­jury clinic ei­ther on Fri­day night af­ter games, or Satur­day morn­ing, to eval­u­ate in­juries sus­tained dur­ing the week’s game. This will al­low early treat­ment in an at­tempt to get ath­letes back to the field of play.

“It shows con­cern for the stu­dent ath­letes,” Al­covy football coach Kirk Hoffman said. “It shows me the re­sources are there and that we get the sup­port for the lo­cal board of ed­u­ca­tion.”

Bryan Fazio /The Cov­ing­ton News

Chris­tian Whit­ner throws a pass, as he com­peted as one of three quar­ter­backs for Al­covy against Dun­woody Fri­day night.

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