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