EVANS, Ga. — Alcovy will have to wait two more weeks to have a chance at claiming its first Region 3-AAAAAA win in the coach Chris Edgar tenure.
The Tigers (3-5, 0-3) fell 16-14 to Lakeside-Evans in a game where Edgar acknowledge that some will probably question his play calling down the stretch.
In a game that was a defensive stalemate throughout, Alcovy bounced back from an early Lakeside touchdown to tie the game when quarterback Nick Simmons hit Jairus Anthony for a six-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter.
The Panthers would regain the lead with a defensive score. It happened in the second quarter when a Lakeside defender scooped up an Alcovy fumble and rumbled about 50-yards for a touchdown. Alcovy blocked the extra point, and on the ensuing drive, regained the lead at 14-13 just before halftime, when Simmons connected with Anthony again, this time for a 25-yard scoring strike.
Alcovy was driving for what looked to be a nail-in-the-coffin type scoring drive late in the game when it stalled out around the 25-yard line. That’s when Edgar elected to punt the ball back to Lakeside and make them drive the length of the field to try and score, instead of opting for a Jose Ramos field goal that would’ve forced Lakeside to have to score a touchdown to win.
“I believe in my kicker,” Edgar said. “I’m sure he could’ve made it. But I was pretty confident in our defense. I didn’t think they could go 80 yards on us.”
Lakeside hit a couple of big pass plays and put itself in position for a game-winning 33-yard field goal that just made it over the crossbar, with just 10 seconds left in regulation.
And despite the outcome, Edgar said if he could push the reset button, he’d do nothing different.
“There’s probably some angry people that support my team that are not happy, and that anger is directed at me, and I gotta take it,” Edgar said. “I took the input of our assistant coaches, and we talked it through, but it was ultimately my decision, and I’ve gotta go to bed with that, and I haven no problem doing that.”
Alcovy will have a bye week this Friday before hosting Heritage. The Tigers will likely need to win its last two games in order to earn a playoff berth.