Bulldogs fall on the road at Northside

Montevallo junior Garrius Chappell attempts a pass in the Bulldogs' 37-31 loss to Northside in a Class 3A, Region 4 road contest Oct. 7. (Contributed/Brian Wolfe)


The Montevallo High School football team fell 37-31 on the road at Northside in a Class 3A, Region 4 contest Oct. 7.

Northside scored two touchdowns in the final two minutes to cap a comeback win against the Bulldogs, who fell to 2-5 overall and 1-4 in Class 3A, Region 4.

“The kids just battled their guts out,” said first-year Montevallo coach Jamie Williams. “It was back and forth all night. It was one of those games that neither team deserved to lose.”

Montevallo junior running back R.J. Scaife led the Bulldogs with 130 rushing yards and a touchdown on 23 carries. Junior running back Garrius Chappell added 56 rushing yards on 12 carries and led Montevallo with 27 receiving yards on two catches.

Quarterback Taylor Burr completed 7-of-22 passes for 78 yards with two interceptions.

Montevallo fell behind 3-0 in the first quarter.

The Bulldogs responded with a touchdown and a field goal in the second quarter and headed into the locker room at halftime trailing 15-10.

Scaife scored the first touchdown for Montevallo with his 1-yard touchdownr un with 8:29 remaining in the second quarter. Brett Gray added a 40-yard field goal as time expired in the first half to cut the deficit to 15-10.

The Bulldogs took the lead in the third quarter after B.J. Smith recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown with 7:23 remaining in the quarter. Gray’s extra point gave Montevallo a 17-15 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

The Bulldogs extended their lead following a 9-yard touchdown run by Chappell early in the fourth quarter. Gray added the extra point to push the lead to 24-15.

Following a Northside touchdown, Chappell returned a kickoff 69 yards for a touchdown with 5:44 remaining in the game to push the lead to 31-23.

Northside scored a rushing touchdown and a passing touchdown in the final two minutes to overcome the deficit and seal the win.

Montevallo returns to action Oct. 15 as it travels to Gordo for a Class 3A, Region 4 game.