Addison kennels Hanceville, wins big in the Battle of the Bulldogs


Addison's Tyler Borden (17) in a sea of Bulldogs / Josh McBrayer

ADDISON – In the battle of the Dawgs Friday night, it was Addison who came out victorious by final score of 40-6.

Hanceville took the ball first to start the game but just three plays later it was in the hands of the Addison defense when Jeb Robinson pounced on a loose ball after Hanceville quarterback Alex Campbell connected with Brendan Flanigan who was stripped of the ball. It wouldn't take long for Addison to capitalize on the miscue as Ben Robinson had back-to-back rushes of 18 yards and 21 yards. Tyler Borden then took over with runs of 12 yards and 3 yards, the last of which resulted in a touchdown. Addison failed the 2-point try but took the lead 6-0.

Hanceville put together a promising drive on its second possession with solid rushes from RJ Evans and Romael Simmons, but a negative play coupled with two incomplete passes put Hanceville's back to the wall. A bad snap on the ensuing punt cost Hanceville a chunk of yardage and gave Addison the ball at the purple and gold 24.

It took Addison just five plays to find the end zone once more. On second-and-goal Robinson took the snap from 4 yards out and plunged his way into the end zone. Again, the 2-point conversion failed, giving Addison a 12-0 advantage.

Hanceville's next possession ended with a turnover on downs in just four plays. On first-and-10 from the Hanceville 39, Robinson busted around right end, breaking several tackles on his way to a 34-yard gain. He then ran up the middle for 5 yards and a score and converted the 2-point conversion on a jump pass to give Addison a 20-0 lead with 3:17 left to play in the first quarter.

Hanceville and Addison traded punts over the next two possessions but the quarter did not end well for the purple and gold Bulldogs as Borden intercepted the ball and returned it all the way down to the Hanceville 8 as the quarter ended.

Addison picked up right where they left off to open the second when they put together a four-play scoring drive that ended in a Robinson 2-yard touchdown run. The 2-point conversion was no good and Addison took a 26-0 lead.

Hanceville had nice field position following a good kickoff return, starting at the Addison 34. Thanks to Simmons and Evans, Hanceville found themselves with the first-and-goal from the 6-yard line. Simmons had his number called and scored around the left end, but it was ruled that he fumbled the ball before it crossed the plane, and Addison recovered for a touchback.

Both teams jockeyed for field position the rest of the half with Addison going into the locker room up 26-0.

Addison took the ball first in the second half. Unfortunately for them, they went the wrong way and faced a fourth-and-18. As Addison tried to punt, Simmons broke through the line and got both hands on the ball to block the punt and pick it up himself and return it to the 7-yard line, Hanceville's best starting field position of the night. Three plays later, Campbell found Owen Harper in the back of the end zone for the Hanceville touchdown to put them on the board. The 2-point conversion failed, making the score 26-6 in favor of Addison.

On Addison's next possession, Robinson found himself in familiar territory. He opened the drive with a 57-yard blast and finished it with a 2-yard plunge to make the score 34-6. Addison added another score midway through the fourth to close the door on any hopes of a Hanceville comeback.

Final score: Addison 40, Hanceville 6.

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