Keepin' it sim­ple

Al­covy pre­pared to right wrongs against Peb­ble­brook

The Covington News - - SPORTS - SHA­KEEM HOL­LOWAY shol­loway@cov­

Off to an 0-2 start, Al­covy (Re­gion 2-AAAAAA) and its coaches are keep­ing it sim­ple with the team, as they look to get bet­ter just two weeks be­fore re­gion play be­gins.

In its first two games, Al­covy has man­aged only one touch­down. The poor pro­duc­tion has been ac­com­pa­nied by slow starts along with a num­ber of sim­ple mis­takes such as dropped balls.

“We’ve started off slow, the sim­ple rea­son, we’ve made a lot of men­tal mis­takes,” Tigers head coach Kirk Hoff­man said. “It’s almost like we’re think­ing too much now. All week we’ve talked to our kids about just re­act­ing. You know what you’re do­ing, so be­lieve in what you’re do­ing and follow the play.”

“The big thing is, it’s just the num­ber of reps. When you’re fairly young like we are, the reps are im­por­tant. The more you do it, it just be­comes nat­u­ral to you,” Hoff­man said. “That’s why the stuff we’re do­ing, we’re not try­ing to make things com­pli­cated. We’re not ready to be a very com­pli­cated foot­ball team. We’ve gotta be real sim­ple and get the lit­tle things done right and build off that.”

As far as ex­e­cu­tion goes, Hoff­man be­lieves his team has mostly been able to ex­e­cute well, ex­cept for a cou­ple of play­ers. If the team can get all 11 play­ers to be on the same page, Hoff­man be­lieves they will find suc­cess.

“Look­ing on film the last two games for us, we talked about this Sun­day, out of 11 play­ers on the foot­ball field what we’re do­ing is we’re get­ting eight or nine do­ing the right thing and two not. We’ve gotta get 11 do­ing the same thing,” Hoff­man said.

Hoff­man says that the team has grown from the first to sec­ond game, although their pro­duc­tion doesn’t seem like it.

“There were a few holes we just didn’t hit right with the back and the dropped balls. I think we had six dropped balls, which would’ve re­ally changed the com­plex­ion of that. Those are things that we’ve gotta get bet­ter at,” Hoff­man said.

Com­ing in, Peb­ble­brook (1-1) has al­lowed only 20 points in its two games and scored 27 points in that same times­pan.

“When we’re on of­fense, we talked to our kids and said, ‘Look, they’ve got a lot of se­niors on de­fense and they play sound foot­ball.’ Which means, we’ve gotta counter with be­ing sound. Not try to do things that we can’t do,” Hoff­man said. “We just need to be sound and just get after them a lit­tle bit. All week we talked about, we’ve gotta keep get­ting bet­ter at do­ing the things be­fore we can ad­vance of­fen­sively what we’re try­ing to do.”

“De­fen­sively, it’s real sim­ple. All 11 on the same page, do­ing the same thing at the same time. You gotta give Bald­win credit, they knew we were a kind of small up­front. They came out with those six big line­man and said, ‘Here we come right at you,’” Hoff­man said. “We found an an­swer to that. Again, you go back and we’re see­ing eight or nine do­ing it and then two or three not do­ing their as­sign­ment. It seems like ev­ery time that hap­pens we (gave) up a big play. To be a good foot­ball team you can’t give up big plays.”

Hoff­man says that the team had a good week of prac­tice and that things are look­ing bet­ter.

“I thought the kids this week have bounced back,” Hoff­man said. “I’ve been real pleased with their ef­fort. We’re get­ting bet­ter and hope­fully we can con­tinue to get bet­ter and make some strides. Hope­fully, by the time we get into re­gion play we’re get­ting 11 kids on the same chap­ter.”

An­thony Banks /The Cov­ing­ton News

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