TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WSFA) - The Montgomery Catholic Knights bid for a 3A state championship fell just short on Thursday after a 21-16 loss to Fyffe at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa.
It was the Knights’ first appearance in a state championship game.
Montgomery Catholic led the entire game until the Red Devils scored on a 2-yard touchdown run from Ike Rowell with 1:03 remaining to give Fyffe the 21-16 lead.
Montgomery Catholic would have a chance on the final play, but quarterback Caleb McCreary’s Hail Mary pass would fall incomplete in the endzone.
The Knights dominated the first half against the Red Devils, outgaining the two-time defending 2A champion 212 total yards to 99.
Myles Butler caught two touchdowns in the first half from McCreary for Montgomery Catholic.
The Knights would lead 16-6 at the half.
It was a scoreless third quarter, but the Red Devils would find the endzone on the second play of the fourth quarter with a three-yard touchdown run from Rowell.
That trimmed the Knights lead to 16-13.
Fyffe would add a safety with 3:05 left in the game to cut it to a 16-15 game after Montgomery Catholic stepped out of the endzone attempting a punt.
Rowell’s 2-yard touchdown run with 1:03 left gave Fyffe its first lead of the game and proved to be the game winner.
Fyffe outgained Montgomery Catholic 316 to 272 total yards.
McCreary finished with 188 yards passing and two touchdowns with one interception for the Knights.
Butler finished with 109 yards receiving and two scores.
The Knights end the season as 3A runner-up with a 12-3 record.