Alcovy #17 recovered a fumble and runs for touchdown. Staff photo: Lee Depkin
COVINGTON -- Alcovy quarterback Cornell White welcomed Alcovy alumni with a 30-13 win over Morrow for homecoming on Thursday at Homer Sharp Stadium.
"Coming off a bye week and you lose a rival game, I take my hat off to the kids," Alcovy head coach Kirk Hoffman said. "I thought they came out and executed the way I thought we needed to execute."
The win put Alcovy (3-4 overall, 2-1 Region 2-AAAAAA) tied with Rockdale at 2-1 for third place in region play. The Bulldogs play tonight at 7:30 p.m. against Newton at Homer Sharp Stadium
The Tigers' quarterback put on a show in the first half, running for 112 yards on 14 carries while throwing 5-11 for 78 yards.
White was Alcovy's top rusher with 135 yards on 20 carries in three quarters of play. The Tigers' top receiver was Marcus Williams who caught four passes for 39 yards and one touchdown. Antwan Glover also caught a touchdown.
Junior quarterback Clayton Anderson also got in the act throwing for 27 yards on two completions including a touchdown to Williams.
"With Cornell and Marcus and Clayton, we can throw some things at you and that's what we did. We moved Marcus to the slot then we came in the third quarter with Clayton throwing it. Those are the things we're going to have to do. We can be pretty good, we just have to get better," Hoffman said
While offensive drives put points on the scoreboard, that wasn't the only way the Tigers added points. Alcovy kicker Rysan Richardson had a 44-yard field goal while Williams returned a 32-yard fumble after Tristen Payne jarred the ball loose.
Alcovy's defense allowed four first downs in the first half while giving up 11 rushing yards and 62 yards passing. Of the Mustangs' (1-6, 0-3) seven first-half possessions, four ended on a punt after three plays.
The Tigers defense was just as impressive in the third quarter before Hoffman brought in his bench players, holding Morrow to 13 yards while forcing three-and-out possessions two times.
"We lost a few starters; hopefully, we'll get them back Tuesday," Hoffman said. "I thought the defensive coaches did an outstanding job."
Both Morrow touchdowns came in the fourth quarter as the Tigers let their younger players gain some expereince. The Mustangs got their first score of the game in the fourth quarter on a Larry Hoddnet one-yard plunge with 8:08 left in the game. With less than a minute left, Derwin Jackson caught a 26-yard pass from Courtney Heard.
Alcovy's offense found a rhythm with White at the helm as the Tigers' quarterback had three runs for 41 yards before throwing a 40-yard pass to Antwan Glover for the game's first score with six minutes remaining in the first period.
The Tigers made it 14-0 when Payne punched it in from four yards out to cap a 75-yard, eight-play drive in the fifth play of the second quarter.