Alcovy’s Jared Farley gets into the Greyhound secondary during Friday night’s season opener. (Photo courtesy of clayphotos.com)
Gray — Alcovy looked like they pulled out a win after scoring on a third and goal situation only to have the play called off. Unfortunately, the Tigers failed to score on fourth down from the 1-foot line giving Jones County a 17-14 win on Friday.
“We ran a read-option and the quarterback faked it to the fullback. He (quarterback Tristen Payne) was in, there was no doubt about it,” Alcovy head coach Kirk Hoffmann said. “But they blew the whistle thinking that the fullback had the ball. Of course I tried talking to him, but they said they were going to have to put it on the 1-foot line.”
Alcovy (0-1) jumped out to a 14-0 lead early in the game. The Tigers’ Jaylin Penny grabbed a 30-yard touchdown pass in the end zone to make it 6-0. Following a safety to make it 8-0, Jared Farley punched it in from three-yards out to give Alcovy a 14-0 lead.
However, an error on special teams with 40 seconds left in the second quarter allowed the Greyhounds (1-0) to make it 14-7 as the teams headed into the locker room.
“We didn’t get a very good punt and they got the ball on the 21,” Hoffmann said. They ran a trap on the inside to make it 14-7.”
Jones County started the second half with a drive to tie the game. Even though Alcovy had a chance to win the game in regulation with a field goal attempt, their ability to drive the ball was hampered in the fourth quarter.
“We were inside our 10 in the fourth quarter three times. We were able to drive it out to the 50 before we had to punt,” Hoffmann said. “It was one of those early season games where you walk away thinking you deserve to win. We just didn’t get any breaks. I’m not disappointed with the way the kids played, I can promise you that.
“I tip my hat to my kids. They battled and statistically we dominated the game. We made one mistake on defense and they scored. Overall, I was pleased with the efforts of the kids.”