After a commanding 20-10 victory over county rival Eastside last Friday, the Alcovy Tigers' varsity football team welcome the Jackson Red Devils tomorrow to Sharp Stadium for a non-traditional Thursday night contest.
The Tigers powered their way to a win a week ago behind a stingy defense and a dominating offensive performance from quarterback Tristen Payne, but Alcovy coach Kirk Hoffman said the team isn't resting on its laurels during the short work week.
"It was a big game, but we have an important game this week, too," Hoffman said. "We're proud to have won last week, but Jackson had a big lead on Eastside in its game before Eastside came back. They have a lot of weapons that we have to be ready for."
The win over the Eagles was the Tigers' second in a row over their county rivals, but the short week leaves the Tigers a day short to prepare against the Red Devils.
"Thursday night games are always different because it completely changes your week," Hoffman said. "You have to rearrange how and when you hit, when you're teaching the kids the game plan and how they're resting. It's something you have to really be ready for and game plan for so that the kids are prepared heading into a Thursday night game."
Jackson enters the game after falling 57-35 a week ago to Monticello.
The Red Devils hold a 0-3 record for the season, but have averaged 31.5 points in their last two games against the Eagles and the Hurricanes.
"They have a really strong running back that can give us fits if we are not ready on defense," Hoffman said. "Defensively, we are going to have to do like we've been preparing to do and complete our tackles. We have to be sure tacklers and make sure that he isn't able to get into the open field. They have the ability to put points on the board and we don't want to see that.
"On offense, we have to continue to play physical," he said. "We had a good performance last week and we need to continue that to have a chance to compete this week."
Red Devils' running back De’Eric Bell had three scores last week against Monticello and scored a pair of touchdowns against Eastside.
With a win over the Red Devils, the Tigers would move to 3-1 on the season for the first time since 2009, when the program played its way to a 6-1 start.
That season Alcovy finished 7-4 overall with a first-round loss to Thomas County Central in the state playoffs.
Game time against the Red Devils is set for 7:30 p.m.