PREP FOOTBALL: Big plays doom Dawgs at Hamilton in 21-7 loss

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The Addison Bulldogs fell on the road at Hamilton 21-7 Friday night. (photo courtesy of Cindy Luker)

HAMILTON, Ala. — Addison traveled to Hamilton to take on the 4A Aggies and Addison came away with a frustrating 21-7 loss. Big plays, penalties and mental lapses doomed the valiant Bulldog effort.

Addison took the opening kickoff and did absolutely nothing against the Aggie defense. Three plays totaled a whopping -1 yards and the Dawgs punted.

Hamilton took over and it looked like it was going to be a long night for the Dawgs. Hamilton went 14 plays for 55-yards for the touchdown. Hamilton converted a third and 11, a fourth down conversion, a third and 10 and last but not least a third and goal from the Addison 16-yard line. Hamilton scored on a 16-yard touchdown pass. The extra point was no good and Hamilton led 6-0 with 3:03 left in the first quarter.

The Dawgs responded with a 11-play 68-yard drive of their own. Cannon “TNT” Hiller ran it in from 11-yards out for the score. Weston “Big Game” Smith contributed 22-yard on four carries during the drive. Eli “Curly” Howse added the extra point and with 9:47 left in the second quarter Addison led 7-6.

The second quarter continued with Addison dominating the line of scrimmage on running plays but were unable to pass protect all night. QB Christian “Ice Man” Roberts was running for his life all night when he dropped back to pass. Addison would get a few first downs but would get a costly penalty or give up a sack and would be unable to put points on the board.

The “Dawg Pound Defense” played well for most of the night, but mental lapses and costly penalties hurt the Dawgs on this night. After a Xavier “Mr. Smooth” Barley interception with only 3:33 left in the opening half, it looked like the momentum was with Addison. The Dawg offense could get nothing going and had to punt the ball back to Hamilton who took over with only 1:42 left in the half and at their own 41-yard line.

It only took Hamilton 6-plays to go 59-yards for the score. They ran it in from 2-yards out and after the 2-point conversion was good, Hamilton took a 14-7 lead into the half.

Hamilton took the second half kick-off and looked to be stopped facing a third and 17 from their own 49-yard line. That is when they connected on a 51-yard touchdown strike down the sideline giving them a 21-7 lead with plenty of time left in the game for the Addison comeback.

Roberts then took the Dawg offense from their own 20-yard line into Hamilton territory when Addison was called for three penalties in a five-play span. This forced an Addison punt which was blocked, and Hamilton took over at the Dawg 41-yard line.   

The Addison defense then stuffed the Aggies and the game ended with Addison and Hamilton trading possessions with no one scoring.

Addison took a hard, 21-7 loss but dominated the Aggie offense most of night.

Unofficial stats; Addison had 44 carries for 206 total yards. Addison had 10 pass plays for 26 total yards. Addison ran 54 total plays for 232 total yards. Hamilton had 29 carries for 51 total yards. Hamilton had 10 pass plays for 103 total yards. Hamilton ran 39 total plays for 154 total yards.

Roberts was two out of 10 for 26 yards and an interception. Smith had 11 carries for 46 yards, Justin “Rocky” Mather had eight carries for 44 yards, Nelson “Tank” Martin had nine carries for 35 yards and Hiller had two carries for 20 yards and a touchdown.

The defense was led by Mather, Martin and Quentin “Fabio” Barley with five tackles each.  Smith had four tackles. “Touchdown” Tommy Lee Daniel had a sack and “Smooth” Barley had an interception.

Addison won the stat sheet but lost the game. For Addison to go where they want to go in the upcoming playoffs, they’ll have to limit the penalties and the untimely mental lapses that have plagued them in several games this year.

Addison falls to 5-4 (4-1 region) and will travel to region foe Sulligent 2-6 (2-3 region) next Friday. Addison will need to beat Sulligent and hope that archrival Double Springs can defeat Aliceville in order for Addison to win the region championship. An Addison win and Aliceville win puts Addison as the no. 2 seed.

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