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Alcovy to face another tough defense against Harris County on Friday

COVINGTON -- Winning is important but it is not on the top of the list as Alcovy heads to Harris County in their first region crossover game at 7:30 tonight.

"It's not as important as a region game, but it's one of those on the schedule that you work on trying to get better. I told the kids that we have to get better those first three games before we start getting into subregion play so we can start to hit on every cylinder," Alcovy head coach Kirk Hoffman said.

"Everybody wants to get a win. You play the game to win. But it's also understanding that we have to get better every week and get ourselves in position to make the playoffs in the end."

Even though the Tigers lost their first game 38-15 to Eastside, Hoffman learned a lot about his team and what they have to do in order to get better.

While the object in every game is to play mistake-free, Hoffman knows that request is extremely difficult at the professional level, let alone at the high school level. However, if Alcovy is to go 1-1 for the season, they are going to have to cut the amount of mistakes they made against Eastside. One way the Alcovy coaching staff plans to accomplish this goal is by making it easier on the offensive line.

"We know now that we have to keep working on getting better on the offensive line," Hoffman said. "We started simplifying things for those kids up there. What we're going to try to do is move some people around to see if we can get the right combination."

In Alcovy's first game the Tigers were without starting quarterback Cornell While. But when they take the field against Harris County, who won its first game 33-10 against Hardaway, White will be back on the field. Hoffman hopes that having White in the backfield will give the offense the spark they need.

Even though Devon Edwards will be joining White in the backfield, a key element to their offense that will not be in there is running back Tre Sorrells, who is still nursing a sore ankle.

It's probably a good thing that the Tigers are not playing a game that counts toward their goal of making it to the playoffs with all those players out and their offense still in need of some tweaking as they face another tough defense.

"They have the No. 1 defensive end in the state, he's already committed to Alabama. They also have one of the top junior defensive linemen in the state too. So again, we're getting to see another great defensive front. Hopefully, we're going to continue to get better and better every week. We're going to find out after the first three games," Hoffman said.

When Alcovy's defense gets on the field they are going to face a different Harris County look than they did last year. Harris County went away from the standard look and has adopted the spread offense making it even more important that every member of the defense knows his job and trusts his teammates.

"They're not real complicated but what they do they do real well," Hoffman said. "They have a real good running back who rushed right at 100 yards last week. We're going to have to stop that running back, no doubt about it. We have to make sure we put people on him and keep him from getting out in the open field."