FOOT­BALL

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po­si­tion with Cor­nell White and Clay­ton An­der­son.

“Mar­cus is prob­a­bly one of the smarter foot­ball play­ers that I’ve got,” Hoff­man said. “We ex­pect him to play a solid game.”

Wil­liams will also see time on de­fense, where Al­covy will field its strong­est unit.

“De­fen­sively, they’re go­ing to have to carry us early,” Hoff­man said. “We’re still look­ing for some tim­ing is­sues on of­fense. At times, we look pretty good on of­fense and at times, we strug­gle a bit. Tim­ing is not where it needs to be right now.”

How­ever, Hoff­man seems to be ex­cited about his team’s de­fense and is hop­ing it can carry Al­covy through the first part of the sea­son.

“De­fen­sively, we’re go­ing to be fun to watch,” Hoff­man said.

The Tigers’ de­fense will be chal­lenged right away as Jones County will bring one of the tough­est run­ning backs of the sea­son in se­nior Un­dre Wil­liams.

“Jones County has a lot of kids back and its run­ning back is one of the bet­ter ones, in my mind, in Ge­or­gia,” Hoff­man said. “We’re go­ing to see how dis­ci­plined of a foot­ball team we are come Thurs­day.”

Jones County came just one game shy of the play­offs last sea­son, fall­ing in the play-in game which Wil­liams missed due to in­jury.

He is healthy and ready to go Thurs­day, and will be fea­tured heav­ily in the Grey­hounds’ WingT of­fense.

“Their coach, over there, does an out­stand­ing job,” Hoff­man said. “He’s go­ing to line up and play hard-nosed foot­ball. He’s go­ing to run the ball first.”

The Tigers and the Grey­hounds shared a re­gion a year ago, but Jones County ad­vanced up only one clas­si­fi­ca­tion, while Al­covy moved up two.

Af­ter play­ing nine of its 10 reg­u­lar sea­son games as re­gion matchups a year ago, the Tigers will play six re­gion op­po­nents this sea­son. The fewer amount of re­gion op­po­nents al­lowed Al­covy to sched­ule Jones County, along with Perry, East­side and Jack­son as non-re­gion op­po­nents.

But re­gard­less of which re­gion the Tigers’ first foe comes from, they are ea­ger to get the 2012 sea­son started.

“I don’t think there’s a head coach out there in high school foot­ball who’s not ea­ger to get things go­ing and get the first game un­der their belt,” Hoff­man said. “Play­ers and coaches work so hard in the pre­sea­son and all sum­mer kind of an ex­cite­ment builds up for the first game.”

Bryan Fazio / The Covington News

Robert Bullard runs the ball for Al­covy dur­ing the Tigers pre­seson ex­hi­bi­tion game.

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