Tigers fall to 0-2

The Covington News - - SPORTS - JAVON DICK­ER­SON sports@cov­news.com

It was all déjà vu for the Al­covy Tigers (0-2) on Fri­day night as they took on the Bald­win Braves from Milledgeville, Ge­or­gia. In back-to-back weeks, they gave up 30 points on de­fense, but this time they weren’t able to get on the score­board, as the Braves torched Al­covy 30-0.

It was the same story for Tigers’ coach Kirk Hoff­man as he watched his foot­ball team get phys­i­cally out­played in all as­pects of the game. As a young team, Al­covy did make some mis­takes that can be cor­rected with some good coach­ing.

But, its Achilles heel through­out the game was tack­ling. It was hard for the Tigers to get the ball car­rier on the ground, no mat­ter who it was. Also, Al­covy’s of­fen­sive line did not do a great job to help get the run­ning game started.

“We got beat phys­i­cally on both sides of the ball,” Hoff­man said. “We’re young foot­ball team, no ex­cuses, we just got to keep work­ing, and keep get­ting bet­ter.”

Bald­win’s rush­ing at­tack was dy­namic as they put up 209 yards on the ground in the first half alone. Mis­sis­sippi State com­mit­ment Ken­tavi­ous Thomas was the “real MVP” for the Braves Fri­day night, as he scored three touch­downs and to­taled 138 yards on the ground.

From the start, Bald­win con­trolled this game and ex­e­cuted their game plan in easy fash­ion. It took only five plays to score on its first drive. Thomas car­ried the ball on the first four plays of the drive gain­ing 39 yards. Quar­ter­back Felix Jones fin­ished off the drive on a 23-yard keeper for a touch­down. Bald­win came right back on its sec­ond drive and marched down the field for another touch­down. The Braves scored on their first two drives with­out throw­ing a sin­gle pass.

Al­covy went three and out for its first three pos­ses­sions of the game. Its of­fense just couldn’t get any type of rhythm early.

Al­covy’s de­fense did have a chance to get some type of mo­men­tum back from the Braves. Bald­win was driv­ing the field on their third pos­ses­sion of the game, but the Tigers de­fense stood tall and forced a fourth down with 10 yards to go for Bald­win. But once again, Bald­win re­sponded with a 37-yard bomb from Jones to Shel­ton Graves for a touch­down.

From that point on, it all went down­hill for Al­covy.

On the next pos­ses­sion, Quar­ter­back Bubba Hick­son threw an er­rant pass and got in­ter­cepted by Bald­win. Ken­tavi­ous Thomas cashed in the en­su­ing drive on a 20-yard TD run. Al­covy takes to the road against Peb­ble­brook next Fri­day.

An­thony Banks /The Cov­ing­ton News

Ken­tavi­ous Nel­son comes off the field after get­ting tack­led on a screen play.

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