Rams, Tigers make play­off runs

The Covington News - - SPORTS -

The Newton Rams and Al­covy Tigers took dif­fer­ent paths en­ter­ing the 2013 foot­ball sea­son.

The Rams looked for guid­ance un­der firstyear head coach Ter­rance Banks, while the Tigers en­tered their eighth sea­son un­der head coach Kirk Hoff­man.

In the end, both the Rams and the Tigers reached the post­sea­son while bat­tling through­out the year for the Re­gion 2-AAAAAA cham­pi­onship with Love­joy.

Newton fin­ished the sea­son with a 5-5 reg­u­lar sea­son record, but de­feated Al­covy 17-14 headto-head to earn the No. 2 play­off seed in the re­gion.

Al­covy, mean­while, went on to win a school-re- cord-ty­ing seven reg­u­lar sea­son games and earned the No. 3 post­sea­son seed.

Both teams lost in the open­ing round, but their runs to the play­offs made the sea­son worth watch­ing.

"We're not given a lot of credit down here," Hoff­man said. "We've com­peted for re­gion cham­pi­onships — a lot of peo­ple don't look at that."

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