PREP FOOTBALL: Bulldogs bounce back with dominant 33-8 win over Midfield

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The Addison Bulldogs defeated the Midfield Patriots 33-8 Friday night. (photo courtesy of Cindy Luker)

ADDISON, Ala. – Addison hosted the Midfield Patriots in a region game Friday night and it just happened to be the first ever meeting between the two schools. Addison was not a gracious host as they dominated in every facet of the game and came away with a 33-8 victory.

Addison kicked off to the Pats, and the Dawgs’ Christian Roberts greeted the visitors with an interception on the fifth play of the game.

Addison took over at the Pats’ 41-yard line and the domination began. Seven running plays later, Weston “Big Game” Smith ran it in from the 2-yard line giving the Bulldogs a 6-0 lead with 7:09 left in the first quarter.

After forcing a Midfield punt on their next possession, the Dawgs went on a time-consuming drive that finished off the first quarter and led to Smith’s second touchdown, a 9-yard run two minutes into the second quarter. Will “The Thrill” Tuggle contributed 27 rushing yards of the 60-yard drive. Addison led 12-0.

Addison struck again when Roberts hit running back Cannon “TNT” Hiller with a 31-yard swing pass. Hiller glided in for the score and the Dawgs were up 18-0 with only 47 seconds to go in the half.

Midfield then took advantage of a couple missed tackles and the Patriot running back scampered 69 yards for a Patriot touchdown. The two-point conversion was good, and the half ended with Addison leading Midfield 18-8.

Coach David Smothers must’ve given a spirited halftime speech because the Dawgs came out with a mission. They were not about to let the Patriots steal the momentum and get back in the ballgame.

Addison took its opening possession and drove 60 yards, all on the ground, to the Pats’ 10-yard line. The drive stalled and the Pats took possession.

What could have been a disaster was quickly set right as the “The Dawg Pound Defense” forced a fumble on the very next play. Justin Mather made the fumble recovery for the Dawgs.

Addison took over at the Patriots’ 17-yard line. It took only three plays for Roberts to find Mather for an 18-yard touchdown pass. The two- point conversion was good, and Addison was in control, 26-8.

The Dawgs held again, and the Addison offense took over at its own 29. Eight straight running plays led by Roberts, Smith and Hiller put the Dawgs down at the Patriot 10-yard line. Roberts then faked the handoff and hit WR Tommy Lee Daniel on a beautiful 10-yard touchdown pass. The Eli “Curly” Howse extra point put Addison up 33-8 and that is how it ended.

It was a big win for the Bulldogs which evens their record at 2-2 (1-1 region).

Unofficial stats are: Addison had 53 carries for 272 yards, seven passing plays for 93 yards. Addison had 60 total plays for 365 total yards. Another outstanding effort led by the Bulldog offensive line.

Midfield had 20 carries for 133 yards and 11 passing plays for 17 yards. Midfield ran only 31 plays for 150 total yards.

Smith led the Dawgs in rushing with 73 yards and two scores. Roberts had 63 yards, Tuggle had 47 yards, Hiller with 38 yards and Martin had 35 yards.

Mather had two catches for 49-yards and a TD. Hiller had two catches for 34 yards and a TD. Daniel had a TD catch of 10 yards.

Roberts had five completions out of seven attempts for 93 yards with three TDs and no picks.

Defensively the “Dawg Pound Defense” was led by Nelson Hernandez with six tackles. Quentin “Fabio” Barley had four tackles and Hiller had three tackles. Roberts had a pick; Mather had an interception and a fumble recovery as well.   

Addison hopes to build on the big win as the Bulldogs travel to Double Springs next week to play the Yellow Jackets. It also just happens to be their biggest rival.

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