COVINGTON -- Everything came together for Alcovy's football team as they combined for more than 400 yards of offense and had several big plays on special teams in their 47-31 Region 3-AAAA crossover win against Starr's Mill on Friday.
Alcovy quarterback Cornell White was 11-for-15 for 240 yards including three passing touchdowns while running back Devon Edwards averaged 6.3 yards per carry touching the ball 19 times for 121 yards while scoring once.
"I've been saying all along that Cornell's getting better and he was able to do some things. We were able to spread the field. We were in one back, two back, no back, giving them different formations trying to get the match ups we need," Alcovy head coach Kirk Hoffman said.
On special teams, the Tigers (1-2) were able to get Starr's Mill (2-1) to turn the ball over the times on kickoffs following an Alcovy score resulting in 17 points.
The first time the Tigers got the ball deep in Panthers territory was with less than 45 second remaining the first half. After Rysen Richardson kicked a 33-yard field goal, the Tigers got the ball back and let Richardson put a 45-yarder through the uprights with no time left on the clock rather than try to force it into the end zone to make it 27-17 at the half.
"He's been doing great in practice so I decided to give him a shot at it," Hoffman said.
Starr's Mill fought their way back into the game with a 13-play, 85-yard drive to make it 27-24 with 6:04 left in the third period.
But Alcovy responded with a long kickoff return enabling White to throw a 38-yard pass to Kenard Murray for a touchdown. After a squib kick on the kickoff gave the Tigers the ball back, Edwards took off 47 yards for another Alcovy touchdown.
"Coach (Rick) Jacobson, my special teams coach, did a great job of scouting them. We felt like their front line was leaving early and we felt like we could do some things. I told the guys that we're going to cut loose and we'll try them. When it works we look good," Hoffman said.
"Devon Edwards, not getting to play last year, it frustrated him. I think these last three games you've seen a kid that's determined and motivated. What a game he had. It took us a while to get the ball in his hand because if he ran to the left there were seven guys there. But he stayed patient and good things happened."
Murray also had a touchdown pass in the first quarter on a 40-yard reception to make it 14-0. Of his five catches for 169 yards and two touchdowns, Murray's shortest was for 21 yards.
When the Starr's Mill defense started focusing on Murray, Elijah Jones was left open on the side. In his three catches, Jones had a 29-yard and an 18-yard catch for a pair of touchdowns. He finished with a total of 57 yards for the game.
"They rolled over on Kenard and Elijah Jones made some great plays. We still have a long way to go but the match ups were in our favor. That's what you have to do in those game, you have to make you match ups," Hoffman said. "The other thing that helped us that were those two games were against some pretty good teams. I think that made us a little bit better."