Catholic misses to score in semi-final loss to Eagles | Sports
On a night that saw rare offensive struggles for the Catholic Knights of Montgomery, the Montgomery Academy Eagles relied on the duo of Jamal and Jashawn Cooper to move the ball and maintain possession over extended practices. to clinch a 10-7 victory over the No.1 Knights on Friday night.
“Honestly, I will miss the brotherhood of this team (after I graduate) and wouldn’t want to play for any other team,” said Knights senior linebacker TJ Dudley. “I did my best to show our young players like (Jeremiah) Cobb and (Caleb) McCreary how to lead, how to win and how to be a better brother and teammate, and I hope I left a good impression to inspire them for greatness.
Friday’s loss put a bittersweet end to a historic season for the Knights, who have won 13 wins for the first time in program history this year.
“If there’s anything I’m missing it’s the camaraderie and the different things that each player has brought to the team,” Knights head coach Kirk Johnson said. “The brotherhood between these children is wonderful. I have seen these children grow up, from boys to men.
The Knights have had their worst game of the season statistically after allowing just five touchdowns earlier this season and averaging over 48 points per game. They have allowed one opponent the most points this season (10) and have scored just seven points themselves while being shut out in the first half for the first time this season.
“We just needed more energy and the Eagles came up with a great game plan for their offense,” said Dudley. “When we had our three-and-outs, our heads left the game, and we just needed to save our energy for the whole game.”
Second-year quarterback Caleb McCreary completed 8 of 17 passes for 110 yards and a touchdown, while running the ball 5 times for 13 yards.
Junior running back Jeremiah Cobb ran 19 times for 79 yards.
In a close game defensively, neither team found the end zone until the end of the first half, when the Eagles limited a 10-minute run with Jashawn Cooper’s 2-yard run for a 7-0 lead.
After a failed field goal attempt by the Eagles, neither team found the end zone until just over eight minutes to play in the fourth quarter when McCreary landed a touchdown pass to tie the game at 7. -7.
After a few more practices from both teams, the Eagles found themselves with the ball with less than two minutes to go. After the Knights received a hit penalty, the Eagles were moved to midfield. A few points later, the Eagles converted a field goal at the end of time to grab a 10-7 victory and earn their place in the 3A Championship next week in Birmingham on Thursday morning.