Alcovy put it all together in overtime, picking up a dramatic 24-21 victory over Luella in Sharp Stadium Friday night.
The Tigers, who had a 45-yard field goal bang off upright with 4 minutes left in the fourth quarter, gave the ball to kicker Rysan Richardson on fourth down on a kick from 27 yards out.
Richardson came through to put Alcovy (2-3) ahead before things went over to a defense, which gave up 14 second half points and 184 yards rushing in the second half.
"We blew some assignments, blew coverage's and blew some assignments up front," Alcovy coach Kirk Hoffman said. "I said we have to be very disciplined, but we made some mistakes and they made us pay."
However, in overtime, the Tigers' defense was up to the challenge shutting down the Lions (0-5) on three downs.
On fourth down, Luella went to the air again, but this time Jared Hendricks' pass didn't go incomplete but found a target in Alcovy's Alyx Wilson for the interception and the win.
Alcovy led 21-7 at halftime before Luella's Trae Bonner took a 60-yard catch and run from Jared Hendricks with 5:56 left in the third quarter.
The Lions then tied the game on a 30-yard pass from Hendricks to Chris Colvard with 3:16 left in regulation.
"In the third quarter, we struggled but in the fourth, we got a drive and kicked a field goal," Hoffman said. "We've got to get some consistency defensively and make sure we're disciplined enough to make the right calls on runs and passes."
Following Luella's tying score, Richardson missed his kick, but the Lions turned the ball over on downs. Alcovy still couldn't maintain possession as Clayton Anderson threw an interception to set up overtime.
The Lions took the game's first lead, scoring on an 18-yard run late in the first quarter.
In the second quarter, starting quarterback Marcus Williams had his helmet come off, forcing him to come to the sidelines, where Hoffman inserted Anderson, who stayed behind center for the rest of the game.
Anderson finished with 104 yards and two touchdowns on 8 of 13 passing, along with 35 yards and one touchdown on the ground.
"He works hard at practice, and I thought he came in and I thought the offensive coaches put him in situations to be successful," Hoffman said.
Williams, who plays on both sides of the ball, remained on defense throughout the rest of the game, and will compete with Anderson this week at quarterback.
"Marcus was outstanding on defense," Hoffman said. "I expect both of them to compete; there's not any animosity there."
The Tigers opened the second quarter with a touchdown run by Jaylin Penny with 10:46 left in the first half.
The drive was highlighted by a 13-yard run by Jared Farley and a 7-yard pass from Anderson to Penny, putting Alcovy in Luella territory on the 17-yard line.
Alcovy's defense then stepped up as well, coming away with an interception by Alyx Wilson.
Penny and Freeman hooked up again on that drive, this time for a 24-yard completion to get the Tigers within striking distance. Freeman found Jordan Hexom for a 10-yard touch down with 7:20 left in the second quarter, putting Alcovy up 14-7.
Alcovy found the end zone once more before the end of the first half, and once more it was thanks to an interception, which was returned 40 yards.
On the ensuing possession starting from the 4-yard line, Clayton Anderson ran 3 yards before Alcovy gave the ball to Freeman, who snuck it in from a yard with 2:06 left in the second quarter.
"I thought we played well at times," Hoffman said. "We've got to gaine some consistency offensively.
"We didn't look good in the first quarter but put up 21 in the second."
Alcovy plays Newton Friday at Sharp Stadium.
Rachel Goff contributed to this story.