COVINGTON — It was a special night for the Alcovy Tigers as they welcomed back former graduates with a 35-6 homecoming win over Forest Park at Homer Sharp Stadium on Friday.
Alcovy’s special team was called into action early in the ball game when Demetrius Tuggle brought Forest Park’s punt back 61 yards for the 7-0 lead, following a Jose Ramos kick, with 6:33 in the opening frame.
Tuggle made his presence felt on defense recovering a Panthers fumble on the Forest Park 22-yard line. Andrae Robinson had a couple of runs for the Tigers before Cameron Anderson found Dee Fanning alone in the end zone for the 14-0 lead with less than a minute into the second quarter.
Alcovy’s defense spent a lot of time in the Panthers backfield as they sacked Forest Park quarterback Rayshawn Meiser eight times. Getting some of the sacks were Tuggle, Logan Wyatt, Javari Smith and Jalen Banks who had two individual sacks.
The Panthers found some success moving the ball midway through the second quarter but Alcovy’s defense stiffened. The Panthers were forced to punt before getting the ball passed midfield.
Alcovy was moving the ball well until a fumble gave the ball back to the Panthers on the 10-yard line.
But the Tigers defense would not allow Forest Park to get past the 10-yard line forcing a punt. With the ball on the 36-yard line, Alcovy made it 21-0 on a six-play drive with Adrian Robinson taking it the final 7 yards for the touchdown.
Not only did the Alcovy defense keep the Panthers from scoring in the first half, they all but shut them down. Forest Park finished the first half with nine yards of offense. Of the 27 plays ran by the Panthers, seven were for negative yards including four sacks.
Forest Park’s Carrick Thomas seemed to have Anderson’s number intercepting the Tigers quarterback twice. The second time resulted in a Panthers touchdown. After returning the ball back 19 yards to Alcovy 20, it took Forest Park four plays before Corzavius Smith ran it in from the 11 on a fourth and one play midway through the third quarter.
The Panthers found success in the third quarter running the wishbone offense. Forest Park ran the ball nine times for 16 yards. However, Meiser failed to complete enough passes going 2-for-5 for 18 yards in the third.
After stopping Forest Park, Quindrelin Hammonds busted the game open with a 44-yard run with 14 seconds left in the third.
The Alcovy defense rose to the task stopping Forest Park on defense while taking time off the clock on offense. Andrae Robinson finished the scoring for the Tigers with a 9-yard touchdown run making it 35-6 with 4:04 left in the game.
Forest Park 6
Forest Park 0 0 6 0 — 6
Alcovy 7 14 7 7 — 35
Alcovy: Demetrius Tuggle 61 punt return (Jose Ramos kick) 6:33
Alcovy: Dee Fanning 3 pass from Cameron Anderson (Ramos kick) 11:21
Alcovy: Adrian Robinson 7 run (Ramos kick) 2:12
Forest Park: Corzavius Smart 11 run (kick failed) 8:07
Alcovy: Quindrelin Hammonds 44 run (Ramos kick) :14