READY, SET, HIKE!
Alcovy Tigers are set to play their first football game of the season this Thursday against Jones County.
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
Alcovy’s offense will look to gain timing efficiency as it takes on non-region foe Jones County in the season opener Thursday.