PREP FOOTBALL: Bulldogs get payback from Eagles, 38-12

Ryan Guthery for The Cullman Tribune

Photo by Ryan Guthery

ADDISON– The Addison Bulldogs (Class 2A, Region 7) got the best of the Vinemont Eagles (Class 3A, Region 5) Friday night, 38-12, in front of their home crowd after losing a tight game, 28-22, to the Eagles last season.

Vinemont received the ball only to go three-and-out. Addison got the ball, went right down the field, and on fourth down Zayne Guthrie scampered for the first touchdown of the game with 6:14 remaining in the first quarter to put the Bulldogs ahead, 8-0.

After a delay of game on the first play to put the Eagles behind the chains they went three-and-out once again, and the Bulldogs didn’t waste the opportunity, embarking on a long, time-consuming drive that ended on a 30-yard touchdown pass from Guthrie to Luke Chambers, extending the lead to 16-0 with only 3 seconds remaining in the first quarter.

On the ensuing possession the Eagles drove the ball all the way down to the 10-yard line but were stopped on downs, and it didn’t take long for the Bulldogs to march down the field thanks to two long runs by Grant Rice. On fourth-and-goal from the 6, Chambers found Guthrie in the corner of the end zone on a fake field goal, pushing the lead to 24-0 with only 5 seconds left until halftime.

On the first play from scrimmage of the second half, Rice went 54 yards right up the middle for a touchdown, extending Addison’s lead to 30-0. Vinemont continued to play hard as Jack Hill found Dustin Moore on a 23-yard touchdown strike putting the Eagles on the board, 30-6, with 9:39 left in the third quarter. The Eagles attempted an onside kick, made it, and drove the ball all the way down to the 1-yard line looking to stifle the Bulldogs’ momentum, but a fumble put an end to that. The Eagle defense kicked it up a notch, forcing a Bulldog fumble, and once again Vinemont got close to the end zone, but Addison’s Gage Gilliland intercepted the ball, keeping the Eagles at bay.

In the fourth, a pick by Chambers set Addison up with excellent field position, and on the ensuing play Guthrie called his own number, going 13 yards to make the score 38-6 with 8:10 remaining in the game. Thanks to an excellent return plus penalty yardage, Vinemont was set up only 30 yards from the end zone, and a couple plays later a 1-yard touchdown run by Dallin Dinkle put more points on the board for the Eagles, 38-12, with 6:54 remaining in the game.

Once the Bulldogs received the kick, they ran out the clock out thanks to 11 straight running plays, securing Addison’s 38-12 victory.

Addison improves to 5-1 and will take on Colbert County next Friday on the road.

Vinemont falls to 2-3 and will welcome Fultondale at home.

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