SHEFFIELD – Addison showed it could be the team to beat for the Class 2A, Region 7 title Friday night.
Addison used a big game from senior quarterback Zayne Guthrie to pound Sheffield 42-7 and remain unbeaten in region play. It was the first region loss for Sheffield (3-2, 2-1 region).
Guthrie finished with 102 yards rushing on 13 carries with a touchdown. He was 5 of 5 passing for 72 yards and a score.
“We played a really good football team — a playoff caliber football team,” Sheffield coach David Hufstedler said. “You make mistakes against a team like that and they are going to capitalize on them, and they sure did tonight.”
After a scoreless first quarter, Addison (4-1, 2-0) took a 6-0 lead when Colton Chambers scored on a 2-yard run. The extra point attempt was no good.
Addison extended its lead to 14-0 with 1:28 left in the second quarter and would take that lead into halftime.
Sheffield had a chance to trim the lead early in the second half. Thad Hampton took a short pass from Jaylen Jones and turned it into a 72-yard gain, giving the Bulldogs a first-and-goal at the 3. But Sheffield was sacked on the next play and were stopped short on fourth down from the 2, turning the ball over on downs.
Addison then drove for another score as Guthrie threw a 48-yard touchdown pass to Brett Smith to push the lead to 20-0.
Sheffield’s only score came from its defense as A.J. Cherry scooped up an Addison fumble and took it 20 yards for a touchdown to trim the margin to 20-7.
Addison, however, responded with another scoring drive and a 43-yard touchdown run extended the lead to 26-7 with 3:31 left in the third quarter.
Addison then blocked a Sheffield punt, which was returned 30 yards for a touchdown by Chambers.
Guthrie added a 73-yard scoring run early in the fourth quarter to make it 42-7.
Addison will try to stay hot next week when they host the Vinemont Eagles.