COVINGTON — The Tigers better not let the 1-5 record of their opponent fool them into thinking it’s going to be an automatic win as they travel to Tara Stadium to face Morrow in a 7 p.m. Thursday game.
“They have the ability to come up and beat anybody,” Alcovy head coach Kirk Hoffman said. “The scary part about them is that they’ve got about four athletes that are as good as any athletes we’ve seen all year.”
A couple of their losses include Class AAAAA No. 8 Lee County and Class AAAAAA No. 9 Lovejoy, both ranked by AP.
Making the Mustangs (1-5 overall, 0-2 Region 2-AAAAAA) a threat is their quarterback. A key to an Alcovy win is keeping him in check.
“Their quarterback might be the best quarterback in this region. He runs the ball real well; he knows the game real well, he’s the type of kid that if he’s on and has a good night he can beat anybody in this region by himself,” Hoffman said. “We can’t give up the big play.”
Alcovy (4-2, 1-1) had a chance to work on getting both sides of the ball prepared for the Mustangs and were able to fix their problems during their bye week in getting ready for a Thursday game. One thing the Tigers worked on was getting their offensive line in shape and making sure everyone knew their assignment for the running game.
“If you look at the film we had some real good runs and we had some that we didn’t. It was because we didn’t stay on block or hit the right hole. We worked on a lot of stuff in the open week to correct our mistakes,” Hoffman said. “Anytime you can go out there and work on thing’s you can do to improve yourself and not have to worry about who you’re playing it’s a good thing.”
The other change the Tigers have been working on is giving quarterback Tristen Payne a break by allowing Jared Farley and others to run the ball.
“You can’t go in and have the quarterback run the ball 25-30 times a game,” Hoffman said. “We felt like Jared could do a good job for us. We feel like we can distribute the ball a little.”
While playing on Thursday may take a lot of teams out of their comfort zone, because the Tigers have done it every year for the past six years the coaches know get things done.
“For us, playing on Thursday is not uncommon. We always seem to have one and up to three Thursday games,” Hoffman said. “We’ve got a system in place where we can get everything in that we need to get in and we don’t let the Thursday bother us.”