COVINGTON -- Aside from giving those nagging injuries and bruises time to heal, Alcovy's football team has a lot of work to do during its bye week before worrying about the final four games of the season.
"Being an off week, we're going to work on ourselves a little bit and try to become a better football team. At times we're making way too many mistakes," Tigers head coach Kirk Hoffman said. "We have to find a way to get everybody on the same page."
Besides getting back to the basics of blocking which will hopefully reduce the amount of chop block penalties. Hoffman may also reduce the offense's playbook, making it easier on blocking assignments.
"We're definitely going to work quite a bit on offense. We're going to get it back down to the basics of blocking, making sure we know the rules and who we're suppose to block. There are times we look pretty good on offense then there's times we're either one block away or we miss an assignment," Hoffman said.
Against Newton last week, the running game only had 21 net yards while passing for 50 yards on five receptions on 13 attempts.
Of course, the offense isn't the only problem for the 2-4 Tigers, who are 1-1 in Region 2-AAAAAA play. The defense gave up a couple of long passes that helped Newton's offense. The first was a 27-yard pass that helped set up a short run to give the Rams the lead. The other pass was to wide-open receiver to give Newton the lead on a 69-yard play.
The Tigers also gave up a big lead to Luella, forcing the defense to win the game in overtime. It also gave up leads against Jones County and Jackson.
"We had some blown assignments and gave up some big plays and you can't do that. We're going to work on that this week also. I think that defensively we've played well most of the year," Hoffman said. "The biggest thing we have to do is focus on who we play the next game."
After spending a week working on themselves, the Tigers will work on getting through the rest of the relatively-easy season. Not including Lovejoy, which is 5-1 overall and 2-0 in region play and was 14-1 last season losing to Tucker 22-7 in the Class AAAA state championship game, Alcovy's other three opponents have an overall record of 4-12, including going 1-4 in region play. The lone win in region play was a 9-0 Rockdale win over its next opponent, Morrow. Before that win, Rockdale had lost 13 straight.
Despite their records, Hoffman does not plan to overlook Morrow (1-4, 0-1), Druid Hills (2-3, 0-2) or Rockdale (1-5, 2-0) lightly.
"Next week we'll get to working on Morrow because that's the next game on our schedule. I still feel you have to take every game one at a time," Hoffman said. "You can't start looking ahead or somebody will jump up and bite you."