COVINGTON -- It may not have been pretty but Alcovy found a way to stay in front of their opponent giving the Tigers a 14-3 homecoming victory over Ola on Friday.
Alcovy (4-2 overall, 3-0 in Region 3A-AAAA) stopped themselves on five occasions while moving the ball well down field, two were turnovers on interceptions and three times they had first down plays called back because of penalties.
"People are not letting us get on the perimeter and when you can't get on the perimeter, we're not big enough in size, so we're trying some traps," Alcovy head coach Kirk Hoffman said. "That's where the holding penalties come in."
However, when things did go right they were able put the ball in the end zone.
Their first score came as with no time left on the clock on the first quarter when Tre Sorrells, who played his first game following an ankle injury, twisted and weaved his way past Ola (0-6, 0-3) defenders for a 20-yard score.
Sorrells finished the game with 13 carries for 62 yards.
"We have the inside game with him. We can move Devon (Edwards) at quarterback or put them both in the back, we have so much we can do," Hoffman said. "What people don't realize is that our timing's not there because Tre has only practiced a week and a half."
Alcovy's second score came on 9-yard pass to Edwards from quarterback Cornell White with 7:57 left in the third period.
Even though Edwards carried a lot of the load while Sorrells was on the sideline, he was used sparingly on offense against Ola until the fourth quarter where he ran the ball nine times for 35 yards. He finished with 47 yards on 11 carries.
"He was covering No. 2 all night and he's their best receiver. He's an explosive player," Hoffman said.
Even though he didn't as much as he had on offense, Edwards still made his mark on defense where he kept Ola's main receiver and play maker Jojo Spann from making an impact. Spann had 46 yards of total offense with 27 and 14 yards coming on runs which led to the Mustangs field goal in the second quarter.
Curtiss Benton sacked CJ Carr for an 11-yard loss putting Ola in a third and 23 situation before Spann got the first down. Poor tacking also allowed Spann to get a first down on a third and 10 where he gained 14 yards.
But after driving the ball 17 plays and gaining 51 yards, the defense held Ola to three points while being on the field for close to nine minutes.
"We didn't play well but we found a way to win. People under estimate Ola. At times we made mistakes but I thought we bounced back," Hoffman said. "We have to continue to work to get better."