Alcovy falls to Dutchtown 13-10

COVINGTON - Turnovers and missed opportunities proved costly for Alcovy in its 13-10 loss to Dutchtown on Friday at Homer Sharp Stadium.

The Tigers (3-3 overall, 2-2 in Region 4-AAAA) coughed the ball up three times, losing it twice, and Rod Tolen threw an interception at the Dutchtown 8-yard line.

The other missed opportunity was in the final 15 seconds when the snap on the game-tying field goal attempt was mishandled.

"Turnovers killed us," Alcovy coach Kirk Hoffmann said. "We weren't ready to play. It was my fault, bottom line. It won't happen again. We had our chances. When you play in a close ball game, you have to capitalize on your chances and we just didn't get it done."

On their final drive of the game, the Tigers started on their 14-yard line with six minutes left to play.

Rod Tolen engineered a drive, including a 4th and 2 from the 22, as he moved the ball to the Dutchtown 13-yard line before calling Alcovy's final timeout.

However, Kyle Vojtesak was unable to get the 30-yard attempt off as the ball was snapped too low to handle.

Earlier in the game, Vojtesak made a field goal from that same distance to give the Tigers a 3-0 lead.

The Tigers made the first mistake of the game, fumbling the ball on their third play of the contest on the Bulldogs' 14-yard line.

But the defense stood its ground, keeping the Bulldogs off the board and forcing Ryan Key to attempt a 36-yard field goal, which he missed.

Alcovy came back and took the ball down the field to get a 3-0 lead on a Vojtesak field goal with 2:25 left to play in the first period.

Dutchtown could not move the ball on its own, but it was able to gain 40 yards after Alcovy's Nick Wilson fumbled a punt.

This time, Key was able to put his kick through the uprights to tie the game with a 24-yard field goal with 4:29 remaining in the first half.

Wilson made up for his mistake, returning the kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown to give the Tigers a 10-3 lead 19 seconds later.

"He's a hard-time player and he bounced back," Hoffmann said.

On the next series, Dutchtown moved the ball 41 yards on two plays, a Joe Stewart 21-yard run and a 24-yard pass to Stewart from Trey Nelson, to put them in position to make it 10-6 on a 31-yard Key field goal with two minutes left in the half.

The Bulldogs made some adjustments at halftime, which seemed to do the job.

Dutchtown took the opening drive of the second half 56 yards on 12 plays, capped by a 15-yard Gibran Johnson run for a touchdown to take a 13-10 lead with less than six minutes remaining in the third quarter.

Johnson led the Bulldogs on the ground, rushing for 40 yards on six carries.

Manny Fils can be reached at manny.fils@newtoncitizen.com.