COVINGTON -- Alcovy's bye week could not have come at a better time as it hopefully gave the offensive line and other players time to heal before starting their run for a Class AAAAAA playoff berth at 7 p.m. tonight against Morrow at Homer Sharp Stadium.
"I feel like we should be getting some of those nagging injuries starting to heal," Alcovy head coach Kirk Hoffman said. "We should be fairly healthy going into the latter part of this season. We didn't have the best bye week; it could've been better but it could've been worse. But we got things done in the bye week that I felt we needed to get done."
While the Tigers (2-4 overall, 1-1 Region 2-AAAAAA) are coming off a bye week, Morrow (1-5, 0-2) is licking its wounds as it's coming off a 50-0 loss to Lovejoy last week. The Mustangs also failed to score against Rockdale, losing 9-0 in their previous game. However, Hoffman knows that they have the potential to turn things around offensively despite scoring just 30 points in their six games this season.
"Watching film on them, they have some athletes and that's scary. They have some kids that can make things happen," Hoffman said. "We're going to make sure we don't give those guys an open field because they're good, athletically."
When Morrow has the ball, it's as equally balanced as can be, throwing and passing 50 percent of the time. This balanced offense is going to force the Tigers defense to play disciplined football."They're about 50-50," Hoffman said. "The quarterback throws a pretty good ball and they have a real good receiver out there. But the quarterback will tuck it and run so we're going to have to be disciplined up front and make sure we stay in our lanes. We're going to have to be disciplined, there's no doubt about it."Even though Alcovy has been shuffling quarterback duties between Clayton Anderson, Marcus Williams and Cornell White, what has to happen before the offense can play as a single unit is improve the offensive line.
If Hoffman can find a way to shore up the front line, the Tigers should be able to score against a team that's giving up 29 points a game.
"The biggest part is that we've had so many injuries up there that we've had to shuffle so we're not jelling," Hoffman said. "When we keep taking a small part out of the whole machine, that's the one part that has to jell; it's going to take a while to do that. Hopefully, this off week gave us some time to do that."