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Tigers regroup after overtime loss

COVINGTON — Alcovy is hoping to correct some mistakes after losing to Jones County 17-14 in overtime last week when they go up against Perry at 7:30 tonight at Homer Sharp Stadium.

Even after an emotional loss, the Tigers (0-1) are ready to put that game behind them and focus on what’s in front of them.

“I was really impressed with the practice we had Monday. I was worried about that (lack of focus) but I didn’t see any of that lagging around,” Alcovy head coach Kirk Hoffman said. “I think our kids understand now that that game is over and we have to prepare for the next one.”

Two major mistakes Alcovy committed last week was turning the ball over in the redzone and getting penalized at a time which took them out of the redzone.

Besides not giving the ball up to Perry (0-1) and controlling penalties, the Tigers also have to find a way to gain that all-important yard when needed. Alcovy failed to gain six inches on fourth down from the goal line in overtime giving Jones County the win.

“We were inside the red zone twice and didn’t score,” Hoffman said. “We have to keep drives going.

“We have to keep from making mistakes. Those are things that as the season goes we have to quit doing.”

Even though Perry gave up 35 points to Peach County in their season opener, Hoffman said that those points came mostly because of Peach County and not Perry mistakes.

“I don’t know if there are things we can do against them like Peach (County) did, but looking at film Perry didn’t make many mistakes which I thought was very impressive for a team under a new staff. The biggest thing about them is that they have a new coaching staff and they’re still trying to get their system in place. When that happens it takes a couple of games.”

For the Tigers to win their home opener, the defense is going to have to play solid and not give up the big play like they did last week.

“That’s what I thought hurt us last week. We gave up two big plays and that dug us a hole.” Hoffman said. “They have a real good running back and a slot receiver that if he gets in the open field can run. We’re going to have to corral those two.”