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made us pay.”

How­ever, in over­time, the Tigers’ de­fense was up to the chal­lenge shut­ting down the Lions ( 0- 5) on three downs.

On fourth down, Luella went to the air again, but this time Jared Hen­dricks’ pass didn’t go in­com­plete but found a tar­get in Al­covy’s Alyx Wil­son for the in­ter­cep­tion and the win.

Al­covy led 21- 7 at half­time be­fore Luella’s Trae Bon­ner took a 60- yard catch and run from Jared Hen­dricks with 5: 56 left in the third quar­ter.

The Lions then tied the game on a 30- yard pass from Hen­dricks to Chris Colvard with 3: 16 left in reg­u­la­tion.

“In the third quar­ter, we strug­gled but in the fourth, we got a drive and kicked a field goal,” Hoff­man said. “We’ve got to get some con­sis­tency de­fen­sively and make sure we’re dis­ci­plined enough to make the right calls on runs and passes.”

Fol­low­ing Luella’s ty­ing score, Richard­son missed his kick, but the Lions turned the ball over on downs. Al­covy still couldn’t main­tain pos­ses­sion as Clay­ton An­der­son threw an in­ter­cep­tion to set up over­time.

The Lions took the game’s first lead, scor­ing on an 18- yard run late in the first quar­ter.

In the sec­ond quar­ter, start­ing quar­ter­back Mar­cus Wil­liams had his hel­met come off, forc­ing him to come to the side­lines, where Hoff­man in­serted An­der­son, who stayed be­hind cen­ter for the rest of the game.

An­der­son fin­ished with 104 yards and two touch­downs on 8 of 13 pass­ing, along with 35 yards and one touch­down on the ground.

“He works hard at prac­tice, and I thought he came in and I thought the of­fen­sive coaches put him in sit- ua­tions to be suc­cess­ful,” Hoff­man said.

Wil­liams, who plays on both sides of the ball, re­mained on de­fense through­out the rest of the game, and will com­pete with An­der­son this week at quar­ter­back.

“Mar­cus was out­stand­ing on de­fense,” Hoff­man said. “I ex­pect both of them to com­pete; there’s not any an­i­mos­ity there.”

The Tigers opened the sec­ond quar­ter with a touch­down run by Jaylin Penny with 10: 46 left in the first half.

The drive was high­lighted by a 13- yard run by Jared Far­ley and a 7- yard pass from An­der­son to Penny, putting Al­covy in Luella ter­ri­tory on the 17- yard line.

Al­covy’s de­fense then stepped up as well, com­ing away with an in­ter­cep­tion by Alyx Wil­son.

Penny and Free­man hooked up again on that drive, this time for a 24- yard com­ple­tion to get the Tigers within strik­ing dis­tance. Free­man found Jor­dan Hexom for a 10- yard touch down with 7: 20 left in the sec­ond quar­ter, putting Al­covy up 14- 7.

Al­covy found the end zone once more be­fore the end of the first half, and once more it was thanks to an in­ter­cep­tion, which was re­turned 40 yards.

On the en­su­ing pos­ses­sion start­ing from the 4- yard line, Clay­ton An­der­son ran 3 yards be­fore Al­covy gave the ball to Free­man, who snuck it in from a yard with 2: 06 left in the sec­ond quar­ter.

“I thought we played well at times,” Hoff­man said. “We’ve got to gaine some con­sis­tency of­fen­sively.

“We didn’t look good in the first quar­ter but put up 21 in the sec­ond.”

Al­covy plays New­ton Fri­day at Sharp Sta­dium.

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