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Prep soccer: Playoff picture muggy

COVINGTON - The playoff picture in Area 4-AAAA has many scenarios.

But the one constant factor is that both Alcovy teams can control their destiny.

They took one more step in the right direction after sweeping Stockbridge on Friday giving them just three area games left in regular-season play.

Currently tied for sixth place with Mount. Zion with a 2-3 area record, the Tigers begin their ever-important run on Tuesday against fourth-place Ola (3-3) before taking a seven-day break.

They play Mt. Zion on March 31 before closing out against Forest Park the following day.

"Every game is must win," Alcovy boys Chris Edgar said. "All of those games are region games and we can't lose one of them."

Before Alcovy can jump into the ranks of Class AAAA playoff teams, they have to beat Ola and hope that Jonesboro, who is in fifth-place with a 3-3 record in area play, loses one more area game.

Jonesboro has the tiebreaker over Alcovy with its 2-1 win.

"I think this region is very competitive. It is quite possible for Jonesboro to lose (one) more game," Edgar said.

Jonesboro was two games in front of Alcovy but its 5-3 loss to Ola on Saturday closed the gap.

"It would be a great accomplishment for this team to make the state playoffs," Edgar said. "With the exception of the last 20 minutes of the Dutchtown game, they have played better than the record has indicated."

While the boys have to win out and hope to get help from Forest Park or Mt. Zion, all the girls have to do is take care of themselves.

The Lady Tigers are presently in fourth place but on the heals of third place Griffin.

Having the tiebreaker advantage over Alcovy, Griffin would have to lose two games to propel the Lady Tigers into third place.

"I feel like we can finish there if we win three out of our last four games," Alcovy girls coach Phillip Davidson said. "That's our goal, since it would also give us a winning record."

Alcovy's biggest challenge to keeping their playoff hopes alive will come on Tuesday when they face Area 4-AAAA front runner Ola.

"Ola's got a great team. We're starting to play better and more aggressive against teams with skill," Davidson said. "It would be a big win."

If the Lady Tigers fall to Ola, they will have to get wins over Mt. Zion and Forest Park, both of which are winless.

The final two game are important as Jonesboro is on the outside looking in, having lost to Alcovy giving the Lady Tigers the tiebreaker edge.

"The Jonesboro win was an important one. With the tiebreaker, we can keep fourth place if we take care of business on our end. That's better than having to hope someone else loses."

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