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Alcovy rushes past Jonesboro 34-19

COVINGTON - Alcovy moved to 3-2 overall and 2-1 in Region 4-AAAA after capturing a 34-19 win over Jonesboro on Friday night at Homer Sharp Stadium.

The rushing attack was key for Alcovy as the Tigers used a three-headed monster in Malachi Outlaw, Devon Edwards and Rod Tolen.

Tolen put the Tigers up early in the game, scoring on a 12-yard scamper with 8:50 left in the first quarter.

Alcovy went up by two touchdowns with 10:15 left in the second quarter after Outlaw's 3-yard plunge capped a 13-play, 55-yard drive.

Jonesboro closed the gap when Cliff Crews found Fred Mathis on a 46-yard touchdown pass with 6:38 left until halftime.

However, the Tigers answered with a 10-play, 50-yard drive, ending on a 27-yard field goal by Kyle Vojtesak with 15 seconds left until the break.

In the second half, Alcovy picked up right where it left off, marching 60 yards in five plays and scoring on a 7-yard run by Edwards. The drive was highlighted by a 43-yard jaunt by Outlaw. After Vojtesak's third extra point of the contest, Alcovy led 24-7 with 7:59 left in the third quarter.

The Tigers' defense got into the scoring action on Jonesboro's next drive, intercepting a Crews pass and returning it 30 yards for the score. After the extra point, Alcovy led 31-7 with nine seconds left in the third.

Crews rallied, however, and led his team down the field on the next drive for a touchdown, taking it in himself on a 1-yard sneak. Crews set up the score with a 60-yard pass down the middle of the field. The two-point conversion failed.

Alcovy's offense began to sputter some in the fourth quarter, but thanks to another interception by the Tiger defense, Vojtesak put the Tigers up 34-13 with 6:24 left in the game off a 29-yard field goal.

Crews tacked on a 5-yard touchdown run in the final five minutes of the contest, but it was too little, too late.

After the game, Alcovy coach Kirk Hoffmann applauded the efforts of his team, especially his offensive line.

"Our offensive line really stepped up tonight," he said. "They got the job done."

Hoffmann also noted the play of Edwards, a freshman who had to step in and play quarterback in the second half replacing Tolen, who went down with a leg injury right before halftime.

"He came in and did everything we asked of him," Hoffmann said. "He did what we needed him to do."

Hoffmann said Tolen could have come back in and played, but with the lead they had, they kept him out for precautionary measures.