Alcovy may have lost its preseason exhibition game 13-10 to Dunwoody Friday night, but that didn't lower Tigers' coach Kirk Hoffman's satisfaction with what he saw.
"We got everything out of the scrimmage we wanted," Hoffman said.
The Tigers rotated first and second team players in and out of the lineup through the first three quarters, before turning it over to the younger guys in the fourth and final quarter.
Using the rotation system, Hoffman was able to evaluate many of his players, seeing which ones have improved over the offseason and which ones didn't perform as well as he would have liked.
"We rotated them almost every series," Hoffman said. "We used three different fullbacks. Defensively, I think we played nine different kids in the secondary in that first half, and then played six linebackers. We rotated through quite a bit. We got to see a lot of kids play."
Seeing that many members of his team get play ing time is what Hoffman liked the most about Friday night's game, over the Tigers touchdown and field goal.
"(Defensive backs) coach Erik McMillan made the statement that that's what preseason exhibition is all about, finding those who can't play as much as those who can."
Some who can play are quarterback Marcus Williams and receiver Antwon Glover, who connected on Alcovy's lone touchdown play. Risen Richardson tacked on a field goal for the Tigers.
Williams, who started in three games for Alcovy a year ago, was one of three players who saw time with the varsity at quarterback. The others were Christian Whitner, who transferred to Alcovy from another state in the offseason, and Clayton Anderson, who played on the junior varsity team in 2011.
The three, along with 2011 starter Cornell White, are not only competing to see who can be the Tigers' signal caller but also how they can add to the team in the other positions they can play.
Williams also doubles as a good free safety, Anderson can play tight end and White played running back Friday night.
"All three made good reads and didn't' make plays that would get us beat," Hoffman said. "But now it's kind of are we better with this kid at quarterback or this kid at safety, this kid at quarterback or this kid at tight end. Whoever is not playing at quarterback is going to play somewhere else."
While four kids are competing for one position, the Tigers have openings at several other positions, and may have found some players to fill those holes.
In the secondary D'Anthony Bell "definitely put himself on the radar," according to Hoffman, and Roman Mack made a strong impression as well.
"I wanted to see if he (Mack) could help us back there, and he made some nice plays," Hoffman said.
As Alcovy prepares for its first regular season matchup, in a little under two weeks, against Jones County, one thing it will need to work on is the penalties and little mistakes that were evident against Dunwoody Friday night.
"There's an old saying that supposedly you make the best improvements between game one and two, and hopefully that will happen for us," Hoffman said. "We know we found out where a lot of our mistakes are and we have to start correcting the penalties."