Montgomery, AL – The third-ranked Montgomery Catholic Knights pulled off a remarkable comeback victory against the reigning state champion and No. 1 ranked Andalusia Bulldogs (9-1) Friday night in the Capital City. The Knights rallied from a 14-0 deficit to snatch the Region 2 title, ending the Bulldogs’ impressive 14-game winning streak. Catholic’s stellar performance held the visitors to their lowest scoring output of the season, showcasing their defensive dominance.
The win secured the Knights fifth consecutive region title.
Andalusia managed to score 14 points against the undefeated 10-0 Knights, who have not given up a point in their last six contests. While Catholic boasted an average of 43.5 points per game, allowing a mere 3.2, Andalusia showcased an equally strong offense with an average of 40 points per game while surrendering 9.5 points per outing.
This victory also served as sweet redemption for Catholic, avenging last season’s heartbreak when they fell short against Andalusia in the AHSAA Class 4A semifinals, losing by just three points (29-26).
Josh Griffin emerged as the standout performer for the Knights, galloping his way to an impressive 137 yards on 20 carries. Quarterback Caleb McCreary showcased his dual-threat abilities, tallying 120 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 14 carries, in addition to throwing a touchdown pass.
On the defensive end, Myles Khatri displayed his dominance with 11 tackles, three of which were for a loss. Khatri also made a crucial interception, further solidifying his impact on the game. Jo Pierce contributed significantly as well, making 10 tackles for the Knights.
With this hard-fought victory, Catholic maintained their flawless record, finishing the regular season with a perfect 10-0 record.
Looking ahead, head coach Kirk Johnson’s Knights will have the week off before welcoming the No. 4 seed from Region 3, currently projected to be the West Blockton Tigers (6-4), to Catholic Field in the first round of the AHSAA Class 4A postseason on November 10th. Andalusia also capped their regular season, they will host the No. 3 seed from Region 3 who is projected to be the Sipsey Valley Bears (5-4).