Alcovy on the road
Tigers head to Jonesboro

COVINGTON - Caution is the word of the day as Alcovy prepares to travel to Jonesboro to take on the seemingly helpless Cardinals at Tara Stadium on Friday.

Jonesboro's (1-2 overall, 1-1 Region 4-AAAA) only win, 28-13, came against Morrow in the first game of its season. However, not only were the Cardinals shut out 20-0 last week against region foe Dutchtown and the week before 36-0 against Valdosta, the Cardinals running game was nonexistent in both games.

Jonesboro was held to negative yards rushing including minus 25 yards last week.

But that does not mean it can't put enough points on the board to win.

"They lost to Valdosta who's a very good team. They were down inside two times but penalties killed their drives," Alcovy coach Kirk Hoffmann said. "They're a dangerous team and they have the ability to make big plays. We have to be ready to play."

Giving the Cardinals the ability to make big plays are wide receiver and kickoff/punt returner Johnathan Smith. Other big playmakers are quarterback/defensive back Alejandro Bennifield, wide receiver Cameron Sutton and running back/general go-to offensive player Ryan Brown.

"The quarterback has a nice arm. He completed a 42-yard pass to a covered receiver. They have the ability to spread the field," Hoffmann said.

While Jonesboro has the capacity to move the ball, it also has the capacity to shoot itself in the foot, something that worries Hoffmann if Jonesboro is able to put together consecutive drives.

"They moved the ball well against Valdosta but then they would snap the ball over the quarterback's head and then they get stopped for a loss the next play. They can score quickly if they can ever play sound football," Hoffmann said.

Offensively, the Tigers' one-two punch on their running game seems to be improving with each game. In their 14-7 win against Stockbridge last week, Tre Sorrells and Rod Tolen combined for 133 yards with Sorrells pacing Alcovy with 76 yards.

The one aspect of Alcovy's game which needs improving is the passing game. Alcovy only threw four times, completing once. But Hoffmann said they can pass if and when they needs to.

"The big thing is that we're running the ball well. I think we threw around 50 percent with 12 passes against North Clayton. The problem is getting consistency on offense. Between injuries and being sick we've used 13 different players on an already young offensive line," Hoffmann said. "This is a big game because it's the next region game. Quality teams get better and better and get ready to play well for the next game. That's where we want to be."

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