Back in ac­tion

The Covington News - - SPORTS - SHAKEEM HOL­LOWAY shol­loway@cov­news.com

As the clock struck 12 a.m. on Satur­day it was fi­nally time for the grid­iron gladiators of Al­covy High School foot­ball to put on their ar­mor and prac­tice – so they did. Af­ter mid­night, the mad­ness en­sued. For the first time since spring, the Tigers were back in ac­tion.

Up un­til this point, it was shorts only prac­tices through­out their summer. Tigers head coach Kirk Hoff­man said that since they couldn’t do ev­ery­thing they wanted with­out pads they just made sure the spe­cial teams were go­ing well and made sure the base pack­age was in.

Hoff­man also got to see if he wanted to put in any new wrin­kles with his team, which is a pos­si­bil­ity be­cause they are so young.

“When you’re young, kids are gonna make mis­takes. Our goal is we gotta get bet­ter ev­ery week. You’re not young af­ter the fifth ball game, and that’s when re­gion starts,” Hoff­man said. “That’s kind of our phi­los­o­phy. We’re gonna go in and do what we feel like we can do best and try to get bet­ter at it each and ev­ery week and see what hap­pens by the end.”

“I feel like this is as good a fresh­man class as I’ve ever had in my 15 years as a head coach and we’re go­ing to count on some of those kids,” Hoff­man said. "But again with­out be­ing in pads yet, you can look good in summer when you’re not hit­ting peo­ple. The next two weeks for us is huge.”

Shakeem Hol­loway /The Cov­ing­ton News

On the morn­ing af­ter mid­night mad­ness, the Al­covy var­sity foot­ball team as­sem­bled to take team pho­tos for their up­com­ing sea­son.

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