Tigers seek playoff berth with win

COVINGTON -- Alcovy's football team is ready to put its 32-24 loss to Dutchtown behind it and focus on its first claim to a 3A-AAAA subregion championship.

"I think we bounced back pretty well," said Alcovy head coach Kirk Hoffman. "Obviously it was a disappointment but the kids understood we didn't play well and we just have to get ready for the next game."

There's a lot riding on the outcome of tonight's 7:30 game at Homer Sharp Stadium against Woodland, Henry. A win would guarantee the Tigers their second trip to the Class AAAA playoffs in the school's five-year existence. A loss could throw those playoff dreams up in the air.

"I think the older kids (understand), the kids that were part of that playoff team two years ago, I think they understand what's at stake. It's hard with 15-, 16-, 17-year-old kids to really know and understand that if you win you're in."

When the Wolfpack (2-5, 1-3) has the ball, it runs and throws the ball without missing a step out of the spread offense. In order for Alcovy (5-3, 4-1) to stop them from getting the upset and possibly keeping the Tigers out of a guaranteed hosting position, they are going to have to be disciplined, make sure they're in the right coverage at the right time and have the gaps covered when the Wolfpack is running the ball.

The Tigers' one, two, three punch in the running game consisting of Tre Sorrells, Devon Edwards and quarterback Cornell White seems to be too much for opponents. If a team focuses on stopping one, the other two have the ability to make plays. While the running game has been good so far this season, the passing game has to be just as good if they hope to stay on top of Woodland.

"The thing that we have to do is find a way up front to give those guys some breathing room. The offensive linemen have to control the line of scrimmage and give those guys a chance to get in the open field," said Hoffman.

"If you go back and look at the games we've played well we've been able to throw the ball when we need to. If you throw it a little bit it opens up the running game. If you run it a little bit it opens up the passing game. We just have to do a little bit of both."

The one thing the Tigers cannot afford to do is look at Woodland's record and think that it's going to be an easy game and win. Hoffman is the first to point out that there's no such thing in this game.

"If you go back and look at how they played, at one point they were up on Jones County last week and they were beating Union Grove," he said. "They have the ability to beat good teams. But the ball hasn't bounced their way."