Tigers fall in opener

The Covington News - - SPORTS - MATT SMITH msmith@cov­news.com

The 2013 football sea­son didn't open the way the Al­covy Tigers ex­pected.

Up by 14 early in the first half, the Tigers (0-1) looked pre­pared to roll Jones County (1-0) in its sea­son opener, but 17 con­sec­u­tive points from the Grey­hounds ended the Tigers' hopes of a road vic­tory, as Al­covy fell 17-14 in over­time Fri­day night at Grey­hound Field.

The Tigers were stopped twice in over­time on the 1-yard line and coach Kirk Hoff­man said the team missed mul­ti­ple op­por­tu­ni­ties to put the game out of the Grey­hounds' reach.

"When the game is close be­tween two evenly matched teams, some­times things aren't go­ing to go your way," Hoff­man said. "We played well. They played well. We didn't get, or cre­ate, any breaks for our­selves and things didn't go our way tonight.

"I thought over­all we out­gained them in ev­ery cat­e­gory and de­fen­sively we played well," he said. "The kids played well and I'm proud of them."

The Tigers opened the game with an early first-quar­ter score, find­ing the end- zone on a 30-yard pass from quar­ter­back Tris­ten Payne to wide­out Jaylin Penny.

Al­covy missed the en­su­ing ex­tra point, putting the Tigers ahead 6-0 through a quar­ter of play.

In the sec­ond pe­riod, the Tigers' de­fense put points on the score­board, forc­ing a Grey­hound safety to push Al­covy's ad­van­tage to 8-0.

Al­covy scored its 14th con­sec­u­tive point on the ground be­fore the end of the half, us­ing a 2-yard run from Jared Far­ley for the team's sec­ond touch­down of the game.

Jones County an­swered the Tigers' early of­fen­sive on­slaught with its first score with 46 sec­onds to go in the first half.

"We had a poor punt that put Jones County deep into our ter­ri­tory," Hoff­man said. "They re­sponded be­fore the half to cut into our lead."

The punt put the Grey­hounds at Al­covy's 23-yard line. Two plays later, Jones County scored, send­ing the Tigers into the break with a 14-7 lead.

On the third quar­ter's open­ing drive, the Grey­hounds drove nearly 80 yards for the game-ty­ing score, negat­ing the

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