By Griffin Pritchard | Publisher |CentralAlabamaScoreboard.com
Photos by Sandie Free | CAScoreboard Photographer
MONTGOMERY – “The main thing is we were shell-shocked,” said Matt Johnson, coach of the Reeltown High Rebels Friday night on the heels of a 45-6 loss to No. 3 (3A / ASWA) Montgomery Catholic Knights.
“I didn’t prepare them well enough for the blitz they ran against us,” said Johnson.
The Rebels – who’s team mantra this season is Pack Your Coffin – needed to use them Friday night after digging a hole early thanks to a pair of safeties on fourth and long snaps from the 1-yard line that flew over the punters head and another fourth down fumble that turned into a scoop and score touchdown.
The Knights jumped head 11-0 with only two offensive snaps (a short run and an interception). Things went downhill from there.
“Our defense is playing really well and haven’t had a touchdown scored on them all year,” said Kirk Johnson, coach of the Knights. “I’m very proud of those guys. They take ownership of being good on defense and I’m excited to see them play to the level they continue to play to.”
Montgomery Catholic’s offense put their first points on the board at 3:43 mark in the opening frame when Jeremiah Cobb broke free on a 23-yard run to the end zone that saw him leap a diving Rebels defender around the 15. With the point after, the score moved to 18-0.
“You can’t do that against an average team,” said the Rebels’ Johnson. “But we are talking about an elite, exceptional football team. That is the most talented football team I’ve ever coached against.”
The state champion track star showed off his speed with 46.2 left in the opening quarter, scoring on an 82-yard touchdown run where he hit sprinter speed at the 30 leaving the Reeltown defenders chasing heels and elbows all the way to the end zone. Cobb finished the night with nine carries for 149 yards.
With points posted by the special teams and the offense, it was the defense’s turn to make the next house call. Oregon commit TJ Dudley snatched a Gabe Bryant pass out of the sky and returned it 30-yard for a pick six pushing the Knights further into the lead following the extra point.
“Cobb was having a great night and so was (EJ) Babies running the ball,” said the Knight’s Johnson. “But hats off to the offensive line and those receivers were willing to sacrifice and block the whole game. But that’s the mantra of Catholic. There’s going to be a game where Cobb doesn’t get 100 yards and is going to have to stay in there and protect the pocket.”
Cobb scored his third touchdown of the night on a video-game-esque bobbing and weaving run to the promised land from 21 yards out. That score moved the mark to 38-0 with 5:38 left to play before intermission.
Babies capped the Montgomery Catholic scoring with a 25-yard touchdown run late in the second quarter. With the kick, the Knights went into the break leading 45-0.
In terms of stats, Reeltown finished the night with 140 yards (46 passing and 96 rushing) and scored their only touchdown on a 9-yard Zy Collins run.
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