COVINGTON - On a rainy night at Homer Sharp Stadium, with wet footballs and a drenched field, nothing was as slippery as Tre Sorrells and Rod Tolen.
Sorrells rushed for 186 yards and a touchdown and Tolen added two rushing scores, part of a dominant ground attack in Alcovy's 28-7 win over Ola.
Alcovy, which collected 278 rushing yards and more than five yards per carry, improved to 6-1 and in the process set the four-year school's single-season wins mark.
Ola (3-5) looked to have taken the first lead of the game, but had a touchdown wiped off the scoreboard on the game's opening possession. Quarterback Darryl Dickey found a wide-open Trey McBride for an apparent 54-yard touchdown, but the Mustangs were called for holding. It would be a sign of things to come for the visitors from Henry County, who were penalized 10 times for 83 yards, many of them at crucial spots in the game.
After a punt, Alcovy marched 60 yards in just six plays and grabbed the early lead. Sorrells had a 20-yard run to get into Ola territory. Four plays later, Tolen scored untouched on a 22-yard quarterback keeper to put the Tigers up 7-0.
On Alcovy's second drive, Sorrells had runs of 15, 12 and 34 yards, the last of which set up a first-and-goal at the three. After Sorrells was stopped at the one on a halfback dive, Tolen bullied his way in from a yard out to make it 14-0.
Just when it seemed like Alcovy might turn the Thursday night tilt into a blowout, the Mustangs got a spark form their special teams to help slice the lead in half. Though McBride's 80-yard kickoff return was reduced to a 54-yarder after a block in the back penalty, it set up Ola inside Alcovy territory. Dickey hooked up with Thomas Werner for a 30-yard completion and Jamaal Edmonds scored from four yards to bring Ola to within 14-7.
The visitors didn't cross the goal line again.
On fourth-and-three midway through the third quarter, Sorrells bounced off several tackles and ran 32 yards to the Ola 1-yard line, and this time the scatback was rewarded. Sorrells and Tolen each were denied on first and second down, but on third-and-goal, Sorrells barely scraped the goalline to give the Tigers a 21-7 advantage.
Sorrells went back to playing bridesmaid on a fourth quarter drive, juking and bouncing off defenders on a 39-yard run inside the Ola five, before Devon Edwards punched it in from two yards to extend the lead to 28-7.
Besides the penalties and allowing Alcovy to rush for nearly 300 yards, Ola struggled offensively. The offensive line labored to protect Dickey, who was harassed all night. When he did throw he was ineffective (10-for-22, 143 yards and 3 interceptions).
Kurt Aschermann Jr. can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.