T.R. Miller presents 'unique' challenge to Catholic
If you want to be the best, you’ve got to play the best.
It may be a tired cliché, but Catholic coach Aubrey Blackwell certainly believes it as he prepares his Knights for their final non-region game on Friday at home against T.R. Miller.
T.R. Miller first gained statewide prominence under former coach Jamie Riggs in the 1990s, establishing itself as the winningest program in the state in that decade. Over the past 25 years, T.R. Miller is one of only three programs in the state (Maplesville and Hoover) that has won more than 250 games. The Tigers also rank second in high school history in playoff appearances with 37 (trailing only Sweet Water, who has 38) and are third in playoff victories with 87, trailing Hoover (96) and Colbert County (88).
“Their pedigree is great,” Blackwell said. “We want to be there. We want people to look at us and say the same thing about our program. We need to continue to play programs like we’ve played that have a high pedigree and that are used to winning.”
The Tigers are the fourth non-region game for Catholic this year and Blackwell made an attempt to upgrade the Class 4A Knights’ non-region schedule, particularly with 5A opponents Tallassee and Beauregard. Both of those games were on the road and the two represent the only defeats suffered by Catholic this season.
“They’re extremely well coached and I knew that would be a challenge for our guys,” Blackwell said of T.R. Miller. “We want to play games that put us on the map and that’s what we’ve done with Tallassee and Beauregard and want to continue to do it with T.R. Miller.”
Blackwell said he scheduled the game during a coaching change at the Brewton school by contacting former interim head coach Marc Edge, who is now a coordinator under Riggs at Houston Academy.
“Marc was the interim head coach before Keith (Etheredge) was hired, so I scheduled the game with Marc,” Blackwell said. “Marc was a former General and coached me at Robert E. Lee. That was our off week in the region and being that late was pretty odd. We had matching off weeks in region play.”
Etheredge is in his first season at T.R. Miller after coaching for two years at Pell City. He first gained attention as the head coach at his alma mater, leading Leeds to a 107-34 record in 10 years, including state championships in 2008, 2010 and 2014.
Blackwell said T.R. Miller, just as Tallassee and Beauregard did, provide some unique challenges to the Knights that make him grateful for upgrading the schedule as the playoffs approach.
“We’ve learned more out of those two games than we have any other this year,” Blackwell said, “because it put us in some tough predicaments and made us put some guys in different positions and got us in a playoff mindset against two quality programs. I think it accomplished most everything we wanted to accomplish in scheduling those games. We wanted to win those two and we definitely had chances to win both of them, but we were able to learn a lot.
“T.R. Miller is going to be the first defense that we’ve played that play the coverages that they play and the front that they play. Offensively, they’re an old-school, power I team that is going to run it right at you, unique to what we’ve played. So they present some things that we haven’t seen on Friday nights in our region. And we’ll get some of the same thing the next week from Headland – a lot of pro I, hard ‘downhill’ stuff – so it’ll help us the next week against Headland, which will be for our region championship.”
KNIGHTS WIN HOMECOMING MATCH 41-0 OVER BTW-TUSKEGEE; DEFENSE POSTS 3RD SHUTOUT OF THE SEASON
Montgomery Catholic jumped out to a 34-0 halftime lead to secure a home playoff spot in Round 1 of the 2018 AHSAA 4A Football Playoffs on November 9th at 7:00 pm at Knight Stadium. Christian Ivey completed touchdown passes to Derrick Parker, DJ Carter, and Myles Butler, finishing 10/14 156 yards passing. Darrell Gibson carried the ball 15 times for 112 yards rushing and 2 TDS. The Knights Defense only surrender 117 yards of total offense, with only 34 yards of that in the 1st half. The Knights improve to 5-0 in region play with the region championship coming up in two weeks at Headland High School. The Knights will have a home non-region bout against #9 Ranked 3A opponent TR Miller next week.
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It’s great when a plan comes together, and it did for Catholic Friday as the Knights demolished region foe Ashford 30-0. In the game, Catholic running back Darrell Gibson had another 100 yard plus game and surpassed the 1,000 yard mark for the season. But Gibson’s effort came in the second half after the Knights passing game loosened the Ashford defense. “That was the plan. We figured they would key on Darrell and they did. So we took to the air and spread them out. In the second half we gave it to Darrell and he made sure we expanded our lead,” Catholic coach Aubrey Blackwell said.
“We are basically a run offense. When we passed a good bit in the first half it put them where we wanted them,” Knights quarterback Christian Ivey said. Ivey was 12 of 20 for 144 yards.
Catholic drove down the field on its first possession and settled for a 28 yard Michael Russo field goal to go ahead 3-0. Ashford’s defense remained tough but eventually surrendered a touchdown when Ivey connected with D.J. Carter for a 33 yard touchdown pass with only 32 seconds remaining in the first half. Catholic held a 10-0 lead at halftime.
The Catholic running game flourished quickly in the second half after Ashford was expecting the passing attack to continue. Gibson got back to normal and carried the ball on seven consecutive plays to put Catholic up 16-0 late in the third quarter. The 71 yard drive was earned solely on the ground by Gibson.
Until the fourth quarter neither team had turned the ball over, but on the first two plays of the final period the teams exchanged mistakes. Ivey was intercepted on the first play of the fourth quarter and then Ashford fumbled on the next play with C.J. Person grabbing the loose ball. Catholic was certainly the beneficiary of the swap since the Knights inherited good field position on the Yellow Jackets 20 yard line. Once again it was all Gibson. Three straight runs and Gibson collected another 20 yards and a touchdown to put the Knights ahead 23-0.
Ivey scrambled and threw to Myles Butler for a 14 yard touchdown in the corner of the end zone to conclude scoring for the game. Ashford fumbled again on its next possession which was recovered by Nathan Downes.
“I was proud of the guys for the comeback tonight after that tough loss last week. I like our position in the region right now sitting at 4-0. We still got a lot of football to play and we don’t want to get ahead of ourselves, but we’re happy with our progress,” Blackwell said.
Catholic is now 5-2 overall and will host Booker T. Washington of Tuskegee for homecoming next week.
Catholic's CJ Person chosen for Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic
CJ Person becomes the 3rd Knight selected to the Alabama Mississippi All Star Game in the last 5 years! Former Knights, Brian Anderson (University of North Carolina - MCPS Class of 2017) and James Sherman (Texas State University - MCPS Class of 2014), both played in the prestigous game.
It was a gutsy call by the Trinity Wildcats, but Catholic had the answer.
Trinity opened the game with an onside kick in Friday’s region matchup at Catholic, but the Knights responded by holding the Wildcats to three yards in three plays, forcing a punt to keep the momentum from leading to a repeat of last year’s upset by the Wildcats.
“That was huge,” Catholic coach Aubrey Blackwell said. “That was the drive of the game, really. When we got in the (pre-game) huddle on the sideline, we told our kids, expect it, they’re probably going to try it. But what a statement by our defense right off the bat. Just an overall great effort.”
Catholic scored a pair of touchdowns in the second quarter and two more in the second half to put away Trinity 28-0, handing the Wildcats their biggest loss in the series and their first shutout loss to a city team since losing to Montgomery Academy in 2015.
It also avenged Catholic’s only regular-season loss last year, a 32-22 upset at Ragsdale-Boykin Field.
“It was definitely a different mentality this week,” Catholic senior C.J. Person said. “At the same time, it’s another game on the schedule and we try not to dwell on the past, even though it did amp us up a lot. Of course, we wanted to come back out here and prove that last year was just a fluke. We did that.”
The Wildcats (1-4) played two quarterbacks after losing Rob Chandler and his backup, John David Bonner, to injuries earlier this season. Jack Collett started the game and was spelled at times throughout the game by senior wideout Nexton Marshall. Collett was 4 of 7 for 9 yards with a pair of interceptions and was sacked three times for a loss of 14 yards. Marshall did not attempt a pass, but carried the ball five times for 11 yards.
“We practiced for two different quarterbacks, for 6 (Collett) and 15 (Marshall),” Blackwell said. “Our defensive staff does a great job of preparing those guys and they did a great job tonight of just being relentless to the ball.”
Trinity had the ball for just 34 plays, managing just 27 total yards. Switching quarterbacks didn’t help, Person explained.
“We’re taught to play our keys,” Person said, “and a certain type of player isn’t a key. If I’m taught to read the shoulder, I don’t care whose shoulder I’m reading.”
A standout performance by Trinity on defense kept the game close, although the Wildcats never threatened offensively, managing just one first down in the second half. Darrell Gibson had 96 yards on 24 carries for Catholic, scoring on a trio of 3-yard runs before D.J. Carter added an 18-yard scoring reception from Christian Ivey in the fourth quarter.
What started as a brilliant call by Trinity coach Barry Loyal to open the game mattered little for an offense whose longest plays were runs of 12 and 11 yards on first-half possessions.
“It’s just something we saw on film,” Loyal said. “You’re trying to find things to gain an advantage. We’re trying to do everything we can do and look for every little thing we can try to put our guys in the best situation.”
The Catholic defense, however, was up to the challenge.
“That was big because it was literally the first play of the game,” Person said. “We just came out and did what we had to do.”
Catholic (4-1) improved to 3-0 in region play and will travel to Beauregard next week. Trinity will play host to Montgomery Academy next week, but Loyal was encouraged by his team’s inspired play on defense despite the crippling injuries.
“We definitely talked about that, improving from last week to this week and representing the name on the front of our shirts,” Loyal said. “And we did that. I’m proud of them. We just have to keep plugging away. Our seniors are great. I know they’re hurting, but I also know they’re going to keep plugging away.”
Montgomery QB Club honors CJ Person as Player of the Week
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The Montgomery Quarterback Club has announced its Players of the Week for games of September 14. C. J. Person from Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School is the Private School Player of the Week and Bryce Kelly from Pike Road Schools is the Public School Player of the Week. Both players will be honored at the Club's next meeting on Tuesday, September 25. Dari Nowkhah, lead anchor for the SEC Network, will be the featured speaker
C.J. Person, a senior defensive tackle, had 8 tackles, seven for a loss, and 4 sacks in Catholic's 28-8 win over Alabama Christian Academy. He is committed to play next season for Indiana University.
Montgomery Catholic, coached by Aubrey Blackwell, is 3-1 on the season and hosts Trinity Presbyterian School this week.
Bryce Kelly, a junior wide receiver, had five catches for 153 yards and 2 touchdowns in Pike Road's 34-6 win over Southside Selma. On defense, he had 4 tackles, an interception, and caused a fumble.
Pike Road, coached by Patrick Browning, is 4-0 on the season and plays Bullock County this week at Alabama State University.
The Montgomery Quarterback Club meets at the Capital City Club in downtown Montgomery. The social hour begins at 5:15 followed by dinner at 6:15 and the program at 6:45. Guests are welcome at Quarterback Club meetings but must make an advance reservation by calling Rebecca Williams at 356-1004 and pay $40 at the door. For information on becoming a member of the Montgomery Quarterback Club, visit the Club's website atwww.mgmqbackclub.org
CONGRATS TO SENIOR DEFENSIVE BACK DERRICK PARKER ON PICKING UP HIS FIRST COLLEGE FOOTBALL OFFER TO FAULKNER UNIVERSITY!
Catholic followed its plan and won its region game at ACA 28-8 on Friday night.
“It was our plan to use Darrell (Gibson) quite a bit. He got the job done,” Catholic head coach Aubrey Blackwell said. Gibson, a junior, accumulated 180 yards on 26 carries. As a team, the Knights rushed for 194 yards.
Quarterback Christian Ivey was 8 for 12 in the passing department for 74 yards.
The Catholic defense kept ACA quarterback Reece Solar contained. Solar was 12 for 22 for 90 yards. He was not allowed to scramble and was often hurried on his passing attempts.
Catholic took the lead 7-0 when Ivey connected with Derrick Parker from 22 yards out. ACA countered quickly when Solar delivered a perfect strike to Alex Harmon for a 13-yard touchdown. Garrett Cottingham powered his way into the end zone for a two-point conversion to give the Eagles an 8-7 lead.
After that the night belonged to the Knights. Razz Chandler got into the end zone from 8 yards away to give Catholic a 14-8 lead at intermission.
After a scoreless third quarter Catholic began to wear down ACA. With about 9 minutes remaining Gibson darted down the sideline from 40 yards to put the Knights up 21-8. ACA lost the ball on its next possession by not recovering a backward pass (fumble). Catholic’s Jack Burt covered the loose pigskin to stop the ACA drive. Almost 5 minutes later Gibson forced his way into the end zone to give the Knights a 28-8 lead with only 1:10 left in the game.
“Our conditioning program in the off season has served us well. I think we got stronger as the game went on. It was a big win for us and we played well,” Blackwell said.
Catholic is now 3-1 and will host Trinity next week. ACA stands at 1-3 and will travel to Dale County next week.
MIDLAND CITY – Darrell Gibson rushed for 219 yards and three touchdowns on 12 carries and added another score on a 25-yard reception as Catholic cruised past Dale County 48-16 in the region opener for both teams on Friday night.
Catholic (2-1) had tuned up for region play with Tallassee and Anniston, while Dale County (2-1) had outscored Ariton and G.W. Long 97-19 before facing the defending region champions on Friday.
Catholic quarterback Christian Ivey passed for 81 yards and a touchdown and added 75 yards in the victory.
Defensively, the Knights forced five turnovers, including an interception by Patrick Ryan and a 38-yard interception return for a touchdown by Derrick Parker. CJ Person had 11 tackles, including four for loss, to lead the defensive effort. The senior also forced a fumble and recovered another fumble for a touchdown.
Catholic travels across town next Friday for a region matchup with Alabama Christian, while Dale County remains home to play Ashford in a region game.
KNIGHTS WIN IN WEEK 2 IN THE MUD BOWL 16-9 OVER ANNISTON!!!
Catholic earned its first win of 2018 by outlasting Anniston 16-9 at home. Darrell Gibson led the attack for the Knights with 132 yards on 34 carries. Quarterback Christian Ivey scored on an 11 yard run. Morris Carmichael found the end zone with a 9 yard reception from Ivey.
The Catholic defense forced four turnovers, two of which were interceptions by Nate Downes and Raz Chandler. Jalen Fountain forced a fumble recovered by Marcus Dees. The defense also forced a safety and allowed only 3 points. C.J. Person led the defense with 8 tackles.
Catholic is now 1-1 for the season and will begin region play next week with a trip to Dale County.
THE KNIGHTS FOOTBALL TEAM GAVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY THIS WEEK BY SERVING AS VOLUNTEERS AT THE MONTGOMERY AREA FOOD BANK. THE KNIGHTS SORTED PRODUCE, BOXES, PACKED FOOD ITEMS, AND CLEANED. OUR PROGRAM IS ABOUT MORE THAN JUST A GAME!
CONGRATS TO 2019 CJ PERSON FOR HIS COMMITMENT TO INDIANA UNIVERSITY!!!!
2018 SENIOR, WILLIAM HOOPER HAS BEEN SELECTED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE NORTH SOUTH ALL STAR GAME!!!!
The Montgomery Catholic Football Team competes in the Alabama High School Athletic Association and is classified in 4A Region 2.
In the last 2 seasons, the Knights are 18-5, with a 4A Region 2 Championship, and back to back playoff appearances. The program has helped produce 15 College Football Players since 2013!! This past season, the Catholic Knights finished 10-2 with a 4A Region 2 Championship, the first since 1989. The Knights defeated Saint James 7-6 in Week 3 and Alabama Christian 19-8 in Week 9 to claim the stake in the Region. Head Coach Aubrey Blackwell was awarded the Alabama Football Coaches Association 4A Coach of the Year, the Montgomery Quarterback Club Coach of the Year, and the Captial City Conference Coach of the Year. Junior Defensive Lineman C.J. Person and Senior Offensive Lineman Luke Craig were named to the Alabama Sportwriters All-State Team, 12 Knights were named to the All-Capital City Conference Team, and 7 Knights were named to the All-Metro Team. The Knights had 4 Senior Football Players sign Football Scholarships to move on to the next level off of this team, making 8 scholarships signed that last 2 years!
In 2016, The Knights finished 8-3 and were honored to have Brian Anderson selected to the Alabama Mississippi All Star Game, First Team All-State, Selected a Super Senior by the ASWA, and slgned to continue his football career at the University of North Carolina. Punter, Josh Davis was selected 2nd Team All-State, and Wide Receiver David Poole was an honorable mention to the All-State Team. 7 other Knights were selected to All-Region and All-Captial City Conference teams. In 2015, the Knights broke over 7 offensive records as well as breaking the single season attendance record for all home games.
Our program is built upon building men of character, integrity, and faith, by means of the game of football. Hanging in our weight room is Proverbs 27:17 "As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another." This is our mission and our drive as a program: to build young men, to provide a future of confidence, sacrifice, and community. We believe in Family, Faith, and Hard work! Currently, 3 Knights on the 2018 Football Team have College Football offers and the program has 8 alumni currently playing College Football, 4 of which are in the FBS level. You can follow the Catholic Knights Football Team on Twitter @MCPKnightsFB and College Recruiters can follow our athletes on Twitter @recruiting_mc.
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