COVINGTON -- Even though Alcovy is playing Ola, a team that is still seeking its first win of the season, Tigers head coach Kirk Hoffman is not ready to put a mark in their win column.
Despite being 0-5 overall and 0-2 in region play, Hoffman feels that Alcovy (3-2, 2-0) cannot afford to take the Mustangs lightly when they play each other tonight at 7:30 at Homer Sharp Stadium.
"The thing is that they're still a good football team. They've played Henry County, who's a real good team; Dutchtown only has one loss; Whitewater only has one loss. Ola is not bad, they're a lot better than their record shows," Hoffman said. "We have to tell our kids that if they go in not ready to play we could be in a world of hurt."
For the Tigers to avoid the pitfall of becoming the first victory for the Mustangs, Alcovy is going to have to win the battle at the line of scrimmage even though Ola is the bigger team. Offensively, Ola has been able to put points on the board averaging 18 points per game.
"They create match-ups. They find a way to get some of their best kids in some of match-ups that they like. What we're going to have to do is play sound and they get those match-ups we have to play hard," Hoffman said.
The problem with the Mustangs is not putting points on the board, the problem is that they tend to make mistakes on defense. For Alcovy to come out on top their offense is going to have to be patient and wait for the mistakes to come. When they do, they have to be able to make Ola pay for them.
"If you go back last week against Jones County it was 14-10, against Northgate they were only down by a touchdown going half way through the third quarter. They make mistakes and you can't afford to do that against good teams," Hoffman said. "I think we have to start capitalizing on those mistakes."
Last week, Ola lost to Jones County 34-19. Two weeks ago, Northgate out scored Ola 42-14 by the time the final whistle sounded.
While Alcovy's offense and defense have shown improvement each week, Hoffman feels special teams needs to step up.
"I think we've gotten better every week but we still have a lot of work to do," Hoffman said. "We're still making mistakes that cost us dearly, especially with the kicking game, we have to secure those things up. We have to start gelling a little bit more. If that happens I think we'll have a good game."
If you go
• Who: Ola Mustangs (0-5, 0-2) at Alcovy Tigers (3-2, 2-0)
• When: 7:30 p.m. today
• Where: Homer Sharp Stadium
• Last week: Ola lost to Jones County 34-19; Alcovy defeated Griffin 17-16
• Series: Alcovy leads 3-0
• Last meeting: Oct. 01, 2010, Alcovy won 41-24