COVINGTON — Alcovy’s defense shined against Jackson holding the Red Devils to 75 yards rushing and 67 passing as the Tigers won their final game 38-7 on Thursday at Homer Sharp Stadium.
Sixty-one of the Red Devils (1-2) rushing yards came in the final few minutes with Alcovy’s (3-1) starters sitting on the bench.
Jackson scored their only touchdown, a 20-yard pass from Trent Davis to Rontavious Miller, with 2:27 left in the game with the starters on the sideline.
The Tigers defense accounted for most of Alcovy’s scoring in the win with two interceptions returned for touchdowns and a recovered fumble in the endzone.
Okon Godwin had scored on both of his interceptions returning one for 61 yards and the other for three. Alcovy had three interceptions in the game as Robert Bullard also stopped the Jackson offense.
“I’ve said all along that our defense has got to lead us and so far they’ve done that,” Alcovy head coach Kirk Hoffman said. “I thought we played well at times. They’re a pretty good football team. If you look back they had Eastside 21-7. We still have some things we got some things we have to get a little bit better at. It’s like I told them, the real season starts now and we just have to get better.”
Alcovy’s other defensive score came late in the fourth quarter as Jarrett Mobley recovered the loose ball.
Of Jackson’s 34 running plays, 12 were stopped behind the line of scrimmage. The Tigers defense forced five fumbles recovering the ball twice.
In the past three game, Alcovy’s Tristen Payne was Alcovy’s offense gaining more half of the offensive output running the ball. But Jackson was determined to keep Payne’s running game from determining the game as he was held to 61 yards on 16 carries with only one run going for more than 10 yards.
Even though Alcovy’s running game was held in check compared to their previous games rushing for 148 yards on 38 carries, Payne proved that he could throw the ball as well. Both offensive touchdowns came in the air with Payne connecting with Jaylin Penny for passes of 31 and 16 yards.
“They packed the box in and we hit them over the top. They gave us some stuff and we got inside. I thought we had a pretty good balance.
We had some injuries late that we weren’t expecting so we made some changes on the offensive line. I thought those kids came to play. The problem is that we sat back a little bit too much with a 21-0 lead. I guess it’s my fault but we’re going to get there.”
Alcovy’s special teams game also got into the act as kicker Jason Trowbridge made all five extra-point kicks and had two punts inside the Jackson 3-yard line even after shanking a punt. Both times Jackson was pinned with their backs to the endzone resulted in defensive touchdowns.
“The thing is that he bounced back from having a bad kick. We told him to relax, he could do the job,” Hoffman said. We just have to get more consistent across the board. We just have to continue to get better and better.”