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Mistakes could be costly as Alcovy heads to Luella to start region play

COVINGTON — Playing mistake free on defense is going to be the key to a victory for Alcovy as they get set to begin Region 2-AAAAAA play against Luella on Friday.

The Lions (2-2) have a hard time sustaining long scoring drives. But what they do have are big play makers that can turn a mistake into a touchdown

So far this season, the Lions have had four plays of over 50 yards with three resulting in touchdowns. Sophomore quarterback Donald Hammond, who is 19-for-54 with four touchdowns and two interceptions, has a 75-yard pass to receiver Trevone Sullivan, a 70-yard pass for a score to running back Quad Clemmons and a 51-yard pass to DeQuarius Fitzgerald. Luella’s other long play was a 90-yard run by Clemmons.

“They have three kids that can definitely big-play you,” Alcovy head coach Kirk Hoffman said. “When they get into an open field they’re hard to tackle and they’re hard to catch. The biggest thing we have to do is make sure we’re disciplined and follow our assignments. If we blow one assignment that could open the wrong gap and it’ll be here we go trying to chase them.”

Hammond like to throw the ball around and not concentrate on a favorite target as the Lions have four receivers with three catches and three with two receptions.

Alcovy (3-1) is going to have to play the same controlled-aggressive defense they played against Jackson last week where they allowed 14 yards before the first-team defense came off the field. A major player in Alcovy’s defense last week was Okon Godwin who had two interceptions for touchdowns.

Offensively, the Tigers are going to have to stay flexible and be ready to take what is given to them. In their previous games, Alcovy quarterback Tristen Payne ran all over their opponent including getting a 195-yard rushing game. After doing this for three weeks in a row, Jackson was not going to let him do it again as they all but shut down the Alcovy running game holding them to 148 yards rushing.

However, Payne was able to get the ball to his receivers throwing the ball seven times for 142 yards and two touchdowns. His main target was Jaylin Penny caught five passes for 112 yards and both touchdowns.

Just like the defense, the Tigers cannot afford to give Luella the ball back to many times without scoring as a result of mistakes or penalties.

“Offensively, what we’ve to do is not make mistakes. The penalties have got to cut down and we’ve got to keep the drives going and keep their offense off the field,” Hoffman said.

“One of the things that concerns us is that we’re real inconsistent at times. At times we look real good. Then at times we’ve got a breakdown here and there. We’ve got to get all 11 guys on the same plane when it comes to special teams.”