Dutchtown -- Dutchtown was smelling upset as it welcomed the Alcovy Tigers in for homecoming in front of a standing-room-only stadium.
Alcovy (5-3 overall, 4-1 in Region 3A-AAAA) had the Region 3-AAAA Div. A title within its sight, but Dutchtown (4-3, 2-2) had other ideas. Although out of the playoff picture, the Bulldogs wanted to cause some confusion at the top of the standings.
The Tigers could have clinched the top spot with a victory but must wait a week after Dutchtown pulled off a huge upset, 32-24.
Dutchtown blocked two Alcovy punts in a fourth-quarter swing, the second one for a safety that tied the game 24-24 with 1:34 remaining in the game.
The Bulldogs took the ensuing kickoff in for a quick touchdown featuring critical runs by their versatile quarterback Donavan Jones. Alcovy was able to throw a desperation pass as the horn sounded and the players, fans and cheerleaders swarmed onto the field.
Jason Galt, Bulldogs head coach, pulled two surprises out of his hat as he moved his super-sized defensive lineman, Darian Small, 6'5, 270 pounds, to the up running back spot in a three-back I formation. Playing both ways for most of the evening, Small came up big with several crucial gains to keep drives alive, and his lead blocks helped running back William Smith break free for several long runs as the speedy back ran for 135 yards and two touchdowns.
Galt also started Malik Barkley at running back, the first freshman ever to start for Dutchtown. Barkley was a steady performer all evening, especially during the first half when the Bulldogs established their dominating running game.
The Bulldogs finish their season with trips to Griffin and Woodland, while Alcovy will host Woodland in what is now a very important game.