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Tigers' early push thwarts Eastside
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The Alcovy Tigers earned their second win of the season in a thriller against cross-town rival Eastside, pulling out a 20-10 victory at Sharp Stadium Friday night.

Alcovy’s offense was dominated by senior quarterback Tristen Payne. Payne used his feet to take over the game, without recording a single passing attempt in the second half.

“It was just take what they give you,” Alcovy coach Kirk Hoffman said. “That’s what Payne did. He took what they gave him.”

Eastside came out strong in the first quarter, scoring on its first drive as junior kicker Jake Shelton connected on a 30-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead. Eastside quarterback Demario Terrell connected with receiver Austin Hallway three times on the drive, totaling 33 yards through the air.

Alcovy’s offense finally woke up in the second quarter after a bad punt by Eastside. The Tigers faced a short field, and capitalized on it.

Alcovy running back Jared Farley had two rushes on the drive for 12 yards, while Payne had three rushes on the drive for 21 yards. Payne put the icing on the cake with a 23-yard shot to receiver Toyus Jefferson for a touchdown, giving Alcovy a 7-3 lead.

Alcovy also scored on its first drive of the second half after a poor punt again by Eastside. Payne took over the drive, carrying the ball 29 yards on the scoring possession. With the help of a facemask penalty committed by Eastside, Payne gave Alcovy a 13-3 lead with a 4-yard run for a touchdown.

An interception from Terrell helped the Tigers to their third touchdown of the night. Terrell’s errant pass found the hands of Alcovy defense back Cameron Banks, and the Tigers turned the turnover into points on a 1-yard touchdown run from Okon Goodwin. Goodwin’s score upped the Tigers’ lead to 20-3 with three minutes to go in the first half.

Facing their first loss of the season, the Eagles’ offense heated up in the fourth quarter.

Down by 13, Terrell used his feet to get the Eagles back in the game, scrambling for 27 yards on the Eagles’ second scoring drive to move the chains on third down. Terrell connected with Austin Holloway for an 18-yard touchdown to cut the Tigers’ lead to 20-10.

Eastside recovered the ensuing onside kick.

But, penalties killed the Eagles’ final drive.

Eastside drove down the field and looked poised to cut in the Tigers’ lead further, as Terrell connected with Anthony Henderson for a 5-yard score through the air, but the touchdown was called back due to a holding penalty. The penalty forced the Eagles to eventually turn the ball over on downs, giving the Tigers the 10-point win.

“I told y’all it was going to be a great ball game,” Hoffman said. “There was no quit in those dogs (Eastside).”

Both teams return to action next week at home at Sharp Stadium.