Tigers win on the road for first time
Tolen rushes for 166 yards in 27-6 victory

STOCKBRIDGE - Alcovy got its running game going against Stockbridge for the first time this season, giving the Tigers a 27-6 win over Stockbridge on Friday at Tiger Stadium.

The win was also Alcovy's first road victory in its three-year history.

"We won our first road game," Alcovy coach Kirk Hoffmann said. "We won a region game last year. But it's just like I tell the kids, enjoy it tonight, enjoy it tomorrow, but let's get ready for next week."

Even though Alcovy won, it hurt itself several times in the first half with penalties and poor tackling. Alcovy had the ball on the Stockbridge 24, but two holding penalties pushed them out of scoring range and forced a punt.

Alcovy was penalized nine times for 100 yards.

"I felt like we should've had two more scores tonight," Hoffmann said. "But the penalties killed us. We've got to address penalties. But we're getting there. We're getting there."

Alcovy's poor tackling resulted in three additional first downs for Stockbridge.

Even with the additional additional yardage, Alcovy held Stockbridge to 87 total yards - 110 passing and minus-23 rushing.

"We just missed tackles. But these coaches just got them on the bench and we started making tackles," Hoffmann said. "What we were doing was lifting our feet trying to get the big hits instead of just making tackles. But we're going to get better with that, too."

By the end of the night, Alcovy's defense allowed 207 total yards. However, the Tigers held Stockbridge's running game to minus-13 yards.

Also keeping Alcovy in the game was Kyle Vojtesaki's punting. The punter had two kicks inside the 5-yard line.

"He did everything we asked. The kickoffs were where we wanted it, the angle kick were where we wanted it," Hoffmann said.

Rod Tolen led Alcovy on the ground rushing for 166 yards on 17 carries and one touchdown.

Malachi Outlaw also had a good night on the ground, gaining 83 yards on 16 touches and two touchdowns.

In total, Alcovy gained 289 yards on the ground and 32 passing.

"They (offensive line) rededicated themselves. They came together as a unit," Hoffmann said. "We've been waiting on that. We watched film and four of the five were doing something right, but the one was getting us beat."

Tolen and Devon Edwards set up Malachi Outlaw's second-effort 1-yard dive to give Alcovy a 6-0 lead with gains of 38 and 23 yards rushing in the eight-play, 86-yard drive.

Stockbridge moved the ball 46 yards on three plays, but Alcovy's defense held strong from there, forcing a field goal that was blocked.

Alcovy increased its lead with 3:36 left in the first half when Outlaw scored on a first-and-goal from the 4.

Following a Kyle Voltjoski extra point, Alcovy led Stockbridge 13-0 at the half.

On a short field from Stockbridge's 30, Tolen took the ball around the corner for a touchdown with 7:05 left to play.

Outlaw scored Alcovy's final touchdown on a 37-yard run.

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