AL­COVY

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quar­ter­back Cameron An­der­son found Jairus An­thony in the left cor­ner of the end zone for a 30-yard scor­ing strike to give the Tigers a 7-0 lead in the first quar­ter.

Sev­eral drives later, Miller Grove took things to the ground and scored a re­sponse touch­down on a drive that fea­tured al­most all run­ning plays. The Wolver­ines missed the ex­tra point, keep­ing them down by a point at half­time.

At half­time, a rain storm broke out, drench­ing the field and send­ing the Al­covy band and fans and cheer­lead­ers from both teams run­ning for cover. Once the third quar­ter be­gan, Miller Grove ran around right end and streaked down the side­line for a long touch­down run to put Miller Grove up 13-7, although by that time, many of Al­covy’s sec­ond stringers and re­serves had en­tered the game.

When the ju­nior var­sity play­ers came in, Miller Grove would add one more touch­down late to pro­vide the fi­nal score.

De­spite that, Edgar was up­beat re­gard­ing how his top units played — par­tic­u­larly the of­fen­sive line, con­sid­ered a weakness of the team af­ter be­ing thrashed against New­ton in the spring game.

There were sev­eral times Al­covy showed strength in the trenches, in­clud­ing a pair of first half runs by se­nior Quin­drelin Ham­monds where the line pushed Miller Grove back some, and Ham­monds ran tough, car­ry­ing sev­eral Wolver­ine de­fend­ers with him.

In ev­ery way, Al­covy seemed up for the chal­lenge against a big­ger foe, and it proved for Edgar that real progress has been made dur­ing the off­sea­son.

“I thought in the first half, our No. 1s played well,” Ed- gar said. “We made some slips a bit. When the rain came, it made for some very sloppy con­di­tions, but I was re­ally pleased with the No. 1s and how they com­peted.”

But he couldn’t praise his team long be­fore harp­ing on the dis­ci­pline is­sue again.

“What I’m very dis­ap­pointed in are, again, those dis­ci­pline things,” he con­tin­ued. “Those things kill you in the reg­u­lar sea­son.”

Edgar said he and his staff kept things very vanilla, es­pe­cially on of­fense dur­ing the scrim­mage, which he ac­knowl­edges, “prob­a­bly hin­dered our of­fense a bit.” But the play­book will be wide open when Du­luth comes call­ing next Fri­day in the Tigers’ sea­son opener at Homer Sharp Sta­dium.

“We def­i­nitely kept back some things, but we won’t do that next week,” he said.”

Du­luth fin­ished the 2016 sea­son with a 2-8 record. Al­covy beat the Wild­cats 27-19 on the road in both teams’ sea­son opener.

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