Tigers face Jackson in final game before region play

COVINGTON — Win or lose, all Alcovy wants to do is show improvement in their final tune-up game before starting Region 2-AAAAAA play as the Tigers go up against Jackson play at 7 p.m. at Homer Sharp Stadium.

“If you look back at the three (games) we’ve gotten better but there are still area’s we still need a lot of work at,” Alcovy head coach Kirk Hoffman said. “We’re going to try to work on those a little bit.”

Despite being 0-3, the Red Devils have the ability to put points on the board. Jackson led Eastside 21-7 at halftime before the Eagles scored six-second half touchdowns. They also had a first-quarter 14-6 lead over Monticello before losing 57-35.

Jackson quarterback Everett Pope was 5-of-11 with three touchdowns against Monticello. All three scores were thrown to Juan Sims who had a 49-yard touchdown reception. Red Devils running back De’Eric Bell is another player the Tigers (2-1) have to keep an eye for as he has both of their rushing touchdowns.

The one problem the Red Devils have is turnovers. They have fumbled the ball seven times, losing three, while throwing four interceptions. Despite the turnovers and their record, Jackson has been averaging 24 points a game.

“We have to play disciplined football on defense,” Hoffman said. “They have some skill players that can make big time plays on you. That’s what we’ve told our defense, we can’t give up the big play and we can’t have a lot of missed tackles because they have the ability to put points on the board.”

Alcovy’s offensive threat can be summed up in one name - Tristen Payne. Against Eastside, Payne carried the ball 39 times for 195 yard. He also ran for a touchdown and threw for another. While the Red Devils defense, who have yet to register a sack, needs to try to stop Payne, they cannot afford to focus on him as Jared Farley is also a threat to break free for long yardage runs.

If the Red Devils try to take away the inside and outside running game, Payne has the ability to look down field and throw the ball to receivers Toyous Jefferson and Jaylin Penny.

“We’ve done a good job of taking what the defense gives us if you look back at the three games,” Hoffman said. “If people are going to give us the inside we’ve got to be able to run it. If they’re not and they’re going to pack you in the box we’ve got to be able to throw it. We just have to make sure we can capitalize on whatever the defense is doing to us.”