Critical stops lift Alcovy to Homecoming win against Stockbridge

COVINGTON - The Tigers' defense made its presence known in Alcovy's first Homecoming win, beating Stockbridge 14-7 at Homer Sharp Stadium on Friday night.

Zack Davis and John Hale had fumble recoveries to set up the Alcovy offense at the Stockbridge 15-yard line twice. Timely sacks by Bryan Daniel and Hale, along with interceptions by Rod Tolen and Kejuan Frazier, kept Stockbridge from moving the ball and giving it back to Alcovy.

In all, Stockbridge put the ball on the ground five times, losing it twice, along with the two interceptions.

"Defensively, Bryan Daniel comes to play. He comes to play at practice, he comes to play every (game) night," Alcovy coach Kirk Hoffmann said. "Come back and look at the plays (on defense). We stripped the quarterback loose of the ball. We made plays when we had to."

Alcovy's defense again put the offense in position to put some points on the board when Zack Davis recovered a Stockbridge fumble on its 15-yard line. Tre Sorrells put the ball in the end zone for Alcovy six plays later with 5:46 left in the first period.

For the second time in the first half, the Alcovy defense gave the offense the ball on the Stockbridge 15 when John Hale found the ball on the ground. And for the second time Sorrells crossed the goal line on a 15-yard run with 9:12 remaining in the half. After Kyle Vojtesak made the two extra-point kicks, Alcovy led 14-0.

Sorrells finished the night leading Alcovy on the ground with 76 yards on 18 carries.

Stockbridge started the second half moving the ball with a 13-play, 62-yard drive. However, Travis Gunnells was able to stop Marcellas Pope on a fourth-and-2 play.

"We played well, that's the key. I've got kids that are game players. I'm proud of them," Hoffmann said.

While Alcovy scored and moved the ball well on in the first half, the second half was a different story.

Alcovy's offense went three and out three times, fumbled once and missed a 37-yard field goal. In all it missed three, including a 22-yarder to close out the first half.

"What happened killed us. We get a big play then we get a negative play. It was second down and three now it's third down and five. We've got to keep people going straight ahead," Hoffmann said.

"Here's the deal, realistically 27-7. Devon Edwards ain't going to fumble, Kyle's not going to miss that many field goals. We were down in there but we didn't make the plays we should've made. It's like I told the kids, we found a way to win."

Stockbridge's score came on the second play of the fourth quarter when Antonio Anthony ran from two yards out to make it a 14-7 with 11:48 left in the game.

They got in position to score after an Alcovy punt and personal foul gave Stockbridge the ball 28 yards from the end zone in the final minutes of the third frame.