Montgomery Academy used an impressive nine-minute drive to set up Alex Kohn’s 22-yard field goal for the game-winning points as the Eagles defeated Thomasville in a battle of unbeatens to win the 3A Region 3 championship at McLemore Field on Friday night.
Quez Jackson scored on a 6-yard run at left end on the first play of the fourth quarter and the Tigers added the two-point conversion to tie the game at 17-17, but the visitors would never see the ball on offense for the remainder of the night.
The Eagles then chewed up the clock with a methodical march down the field for Kohn’s second field goal of the night with 3:09 remaining. Judson Lindsey jarred the ball loose from the Thomasville return specialist on the ensuing kickoff and the Eagles ran out the clock to improve to 8-0 and 5-0 in the region.
Montgomery Academy got on the scoreboard first with a 70-yard run by Carter Wallis and Kohn’s extra point for a 7-0 lead with 7:47 remaining in the first quarter, but Thomasville answered with three field goals by Jacob Horner to give the Tigers a 9-7 lead at the half.
The Eagles scored on their first possession of the second half, using a 26-yard pass from Britton Kohn to tight end Jackson Kelly for a 14-9 lead with 10:24 left in the third quarter. Kohn added a 29-yard field goal for an eight-point lead before the Tigers tied the game seconds into the final quarter.
MA used big plays to win a game dominated by defense. Britton Kohn picked up 26 of his 49 passing yards on the pass to Kelly and added another 22 yards on the ground, while Wallis got 70 of his 80 rushing yards on one play. Jashawn Cooper led MA with 72 rushing yards and his older brother Jamal added 28 yards on the ground.
Defensively, Lindsey had a team-high 10 tackles and an interception along with his forced fumble. Arch Lee added seven tackles, followed by Kelly, Thomas Kirkham and Jashawn Cooper, all with five tackles each.
Montgomery Academy closes out the regular season at Monroe County next Friday and at Alabama Christian Academy on Oct. 29 before returning home on Nov. 6 to host Providence Christian in the first round of the 3A state playoffs.
Thomasville (7-1) returns home to host Southside-Selma next Friday before closing out the regular season on Oct. 29 at Clarke County.