COVINGTON - Turnovers and mishaps on Alcovy's special teams unit gave Mount Zion too many chances as the Bulldogs won 22-10 over the Tigers on Friday at Homer Sharp Stadium.
It's not that Mount Zion dominated Alcovy, it was the Tigers turning the ball over two times while fumbling four times and having their punts either blocked or partially blocked two times. The pressure also caused Kyle Vojtesak to shank three other punts.
"We made some mistakes that hurt us. But they're a good football team, don't take credit away," Alcovy coach Kirk Hoffmann said. "You can't make mistakes against good teams.
"That happens at every level. That's why you have to hug on him, that's part of the kicking game. He's won some games for us and he didn't cost us this game."
The Tigers defense played a big part in keeping Alcovy in the game for most of the night stopping Mt. Zion inside their 30-yard line three times after a fourth down play.
After stopping the Bulldogs on the Alcovy 18-yard line, the Tigers marched down the field 82 yards before Vojtesak booted a 21-yard field goal to give Alcovy a 3-0 with one minute, 18 seconds left in the opening frame.
While the Tigers defense was able to stop the Bulldogs three times inside the 20-yard line on fourth down, they were unable to do it a fourth.
After blocking an Alcovy punt, the Bulldogs took the ball on the 18-yard line, where quarterback Jarrell King ran it four times, scoring with 3:31 left in the first half.
"Defense has been our
backbone," Hoffmann said. "We've been pretty good up there. We're not very big so we've got to do some moving around. That's the problem, when you start moving around you're going to give up some big plays. We know that's going to happen."
The Tigers showed that they have special teams also as Rod Tolen blocked a punt and picked it up in the end zone to give Alcovy a 10-6 lead with one minute left in the half.
"It gave us a boost there at the half and that's what we have to have," Hoffmann said.
Midway through the third period, Alcovy gave Mount Zion another short field following an 11-yard punt, putting the ball on the 50. The Bulldogs had passes of 21 and 9 yards before Quarterrico Morgan took the ball the final 14 yards to give Mount Zion a 14-10 advantage with 7:00 remaining in the third period following the 2-point conversion.
The Bulldogs put the Tigers on ice with King's 14-yard run to take a 22-10 lead with 10 minutes left on the clock.
"I thought defensively we had a good game plan. I thought we bounced around in there a little bit," Hoffmann said. "But we'll get back to the drawing board and get everything correct Monday."
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