READY, SET, HIKE!

Al­covy Tigers are set to play their first football game of the sea­son this Thurs­day against Jones County.

The Covington News - - Front page - BRYAN FAZIO bfazio@cov­news.com

Football sea­son in New­ton County kicks off Thurs­day as Al­covy of­fi­cially be­gins the 2012 sea­son by host­ing Jones County at Sharp Sta­dium at 7:30 p.m.

The Tigers kick things off in Re­gion 2-AAAAAA in the state’s high­est and new­est clas­si­fi­ca­tion, af­ter com­pet­ing in Re­gion 3-AAAA, along with Jones County, a year ago.

This sea­son, both teams are in dif­fer­ent re­gions, chang­ing slightly Al­covy and coach Kirk Hoffman’s ap­proach to the Grey­hounds.

“A lot of times you have to look at non-re­gion games dif­fer­ently,” Hoffman said. “Your goal for non-re­gion games is to get bet­ter and try to play good football when re­gion comes.”

Al­covy’s re­gion play doesn’t be­gin un­til meet­ing Luella on Sept. 28, but will still work to­ward win­ning as many football games as it can.

The 2011 sea­son marked Al­covy’s best yet, as it reached the play- offs be­hind a 6-5 ledger, fin­ish­ing 5-1 in re­gion. The Tigers put to­gether a five-game win­ning streak mid­way through the sea­son, with a vic­tory over Jones County mark­ing the last one of the stretch.

Al­covy won the Oct. 7 matchup at Jones County with a 44-28 win be­hind four touch­downs from Devon Ed­wards. The game also marked the sec­ond start of the sea­son by Marcus Wil­liams, who had to fill in for Cor­nell White, who was out with an in­jury.

Wil­liams will get the start Thurs­day, shar­ing time at the quar­ter­back

Football, 2B

Bryan Fazio /The Cov­ing­ton News

Al­covy’s of­fense will look to gain tim­ing ef­fi­ciency as it takes on non-re­gion foe Jones County in the sea­son opener Thurs­day.

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