PREP FOOTBALL: Addison collects 20-7 win at Falkville

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The Addison Bulldogs defeated Falkville on the road 20-7 Friday night. (Courtesy of Joy Womack)

FALKVILLE, Ala. – Addison traveled about 30 minutes up the road to Falkville to play the 2A Blue Devils in a late season out of region matchup. The visiting Bulldogs went old school and ran the Devils ragged as they ruined Senior Night for Falkville with a 20-7 victory.

Falkville got the opening kickoff and, on the games, very first offensive play, Devil Senior Quarterback Caden Burnett found a streaking Blue Devil down the home sideline for a 35-yard completion. This gave the Devils the early momentum and a first down at the Bulldog 20. The Dawg Pound Defense stepped up and after getting humiliated in their last game at Meek decided this was going to be a different ball game. Addison’s Caleb Vintson broke through the offensive line and wrapped up Burnett for a huge 9-yard sack. Two running plays netted the Devils 7 yards and facing a fourth and twelve from Addison’s 22, the Devil Coaching Staff decided to go for it. The decision didn’t turn out well as Burnett was sacked again, this time Briley “Hit Man” Holt and Bradley “Big Foot” Willette shared the sack giving the Bulldogs the ball. Falkville’s Burnett, who is an excellent quarterback, was pressured constantly and had a minimum of time to throw as Addison’s defensive line dominated the Devil offensive line all night.

Addison was unable to take advantage of the fourth down stop but did show what their game plan was on this night. Addison was going back to old school Addison football. They were going to run it and then run it some more. Addison picked up a few first downs before a Devil interception ended the drive.

The Addison Defense, playing inspired ball, got the ball right back on a Jed “Wizard” Wilkins interception. This would be a recurring theme for Mr. Wilkins.

At the end of the first quarter there was no score, but Addison was driving and had the ball at the Devil 28-yard line. Addison’s Braden “Cool Hand” Luker capped off a twelve play 69-yard drive with a nice five yard run for the touchdown. Brian “Boo Boo” Berry had a 25-yard run during the drive. Addison converted two fourth down tries during the drive as well. Wilkins ran in the two-point conversion and at the 9:12 mark of the second quarter, Addison led 8-0. Neither team could score during the remainder of the first half and Addison led 8-0 at the half.

Addison took the second half kickoff and after a 35-yard kickoff return by “The Wizard”,the Bulldogs had a first down at the Blue Devil 45-yard line. Addison then used ten plays to go 45 yards for the touchdown. Briley “Snake” Hayes went in untouched 25 yards for the score. The two-point was no good and Addison led 14-0 with 6:58 left in the third.

Neither team could find the endzone the rest of the quarter and the only drama during that time was Wilkins had what looked like his second interception of the game ruled no good.

The fourth quarter started with Addison forcing a Falkville punt and the Bulldog special teams almost blocking it. The ball was deflected, and Addison started with great field position at the Devil 39-yard line. Seven plays later, Hayes found the endzone again on a 33-yard gallop. The two-point was no good and Addison had a comfortable 20-0 lead with 8:29 to go in the game.

The Addison defense stood up and Wilkins got his second interception of the game, giving the Bulldogs the ball at their own 47. Everyone thought Addison would just keep pounding the ball and go in for another touchdown but nope, the Dawgs had to make the game interesting. The Bulldogs fumbled the ball back to the Devils and the hometown boys took over at their own 43.

Falkville’s Burnett finally got some time to throw and on third and ten found little Landon Powers for a touchdown of 35 yards. Powers made about half a dozen Bulldog defenders miss and ran it in for the score. The extra point was good, and Falkville had cut the lead to 20-7 with 5:10 to go in the ballgame.

Addison recovered the onside kick and started their drive at the 45-yard line. Addison ran a ton of time off the clock and after eleven plays had the ball down at the Falkville 18-yard line. The Dawgs were held on downs and Falkville had the ball with 54 seconds remaining at their own 13.

The Boys from Falkville didn’t quit but time ran out as they made it out to their own 38 before the game ended.

Addison came away with a solid 20-7 road win over a quality Falkville football team. Addison’s record improves to 6-2 (4-1) region, and they will host region foe Phillips-Bear Creek at Addison next Friday Night. Falkville falls to 4-4 and will host Tharptown next Friday.

Unofficial stats

Addison ran 54 running plays for 266 total yards. Addison ran 9 passing plays for 25 total yards. Addison ran 63 total plays for 291 total yards. Falkville ran 16 running plays for 79 total yards. Falkville ran 30 passing plays for 149 total yards. Falkville ran 46 total plays for 228 total yards.

Addison’s Hayes went 3 completions in 9 attempts for 25 yards and 2 interceptions.

Addison was led in rushing by Berry with 16 carries for 105 yards. Hayes had 13 carries for 91 yards and 2 touchdowns. Luker had 10 carries for 40 yards and a touchdown. Malaki Blakley had 8 carries for 31 yards.

Addison’s Wilkins had 2 grabs for 16 yards and Jacob Mauldin had 1 catch for 9 yards.

On defense the Dawgs were led by Holt with 8 total tackles and 1 ½ sacks. Willette had 5 tackles, ½ sack and a pass batted down. Hayes had 4 tackles. Isaiah “Stump” Treece had 3 tackles. Vintson had a sack. Brady “Big Poppa” Gilbreath had 3 tackles. Josh “West Coast” Netherton and Blakely had 2 each. Wilkins had 2 interceptions.

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