IF YOU GO
• Who: Alcovy Tigers (5-2, 4-0) at Dutchtown Bulldogs (3-3, 1-2)
• When: 7:30 p.m. Friday
• Where: Dutchtown High School
• Last week: Alcovy defeated Jones County 44-28; Dutchtown lost to Union Grove 28-8
• Series: Dutchtown leads 2-1
• Last meeting: Dutchtown won 13-0 (Oct. 15, 2010)
COVINGTON -- Despite the Bulldogs only having one win in subregion play, Alcovy, which is 4-0 in the subregion, is not taking Dutchtown lightly.
After going 3-1, Dutchtown (3-3 overall, 1-2 in Region 3A-AAAA) lost its last two games to Jones County 29-18 and Union Grove 28-8.
"They're not bad, they've played some good teams. Some of the games they've lost, at times they were actually outplaying the other team," Alcovy head coach Kirk Hoffman said. "They just shot themselves in the foot with turnovers. Even though the Tigers have won all their game subregion games, they have not exactly overpowered their way to victory beating Union Grove by three points and Griffin by one point.
If Alcovy is to stay on top of the subregion it will need to play good disciplined football on defense against the Bulldogs' one-two punch in quarterback Donovahn Jones and double threat Jamal Watkins.
"They have an outstanding quarterback and a running back/wide receiver that has a lot of speed so we have to find a way to contain both of them," Hoffman said.
"Their quarterback is as good as any quarterback we've faced all year. Then they have that running back/wide receiver that if he gets in the open field we'll have a hard time catching him."
Hoffman said that to beat Dutchtown they have to keep Watkins and Jones under control. The best way for the Tigers to do that is by sticking to their assignment and playing disciplined and under control.
"We can't give up the big play," the Alcovy coach said.
Offensively, the Tigers need to be patient and let the plays develop especially on pass plays like they did against Jones County last week. With the scored tied at 21 at the half, the Tigers went on to score an additional 22 points while holding the Greyhounds to seven.
"Defensively, they (Dutchtown) still play that aggressive style and they make you earn everything you get," Hoffman said. "At times we played real well, then there are things we still have to work on."
Alcovy's special team has also stepped up its play as of late to become an important part of the Tigers' five-game win streak.
"We've gotten better every week. I feel better about special teams right now. There's still room for improvement but we're doing some things well," Hoffman said. "That's kind of helped us in the last couple of games."