WATERLOO, Ala. — Addison traveled about as far to the northwest corner of Alabama as you can go and still be a resident of the state to play a football game. Addison arrived at Waterloo’s Danny Ditto Stadium and was in an ill mood. The Bulldogs thoroughly dominated the overmatched Cougars in a game in which the Addison starters only played the first quarter. The young ones finished out the game and actually beat the Cougars first string in their three quarters of action. The final score was 51-20 Addison in a game that wasn’t as close as the final score would indicate.
Addison kicked off and after three plays, Waterloo had gained -3 yards. After a very short Cougar punt, Addison took over at the Waterloo 38-yard line. Six plays later, Bulldog QB Jed Wilkins ran it in from six yards out for the touchdown. The key play on the drive was a Wilkins to Elijah Roberts pass for 20-yards. Hayden Holland ran in the two-point conversion and right out of the gate, Addison led 8-0. The Clock did not work on the scoreboard, so time was kept on the field.
The Cougars next possession was stopped after just two plays and -5 gained, as Addison’s Kaden Dyson obliterated the Cougar ball carrier forcing a fumble. Lineman Bobby Williams recovered the fumble at the Cougar 18-yard line setting up the Dawgs in business.
Two plays later, Wilkins ran it in from 14-yards out for his second touchdown of the night. The two-point was no good and Addison led 14-0.
It didn’t get any better for Waterloo on their next possession as the Dawg Pound Defense suffocated the cougars, allowing just one yard on three plays. The Cougars punted the ball and Mr. Wilkins promptly returned the ball 55 yards for his third touchdown of the first quarter. Braden Luker hit Dyson for the two-point conversion and the Bulldogs stretched their lead to 22-0.
After another Waterloo punt, Addison took over at midfield and on Addison’s second play of the drive, Luker scampered home with a 40-yard touchdown run. The extra point try was no good and Addison had increased their lead to 28-0 still in the first quarter. This would be the last of the Bulldog starters that you would see for the remainder of the game. Coach Smothers sent in the younger players, mainly consisting of a few sophomores, freshman and even an eighth grader sprinkled in here and there.
The young pups defense forced a three and out against the Cougar starters and they then took over the ball at their own 24-yard line. Seven plays and seventy-six yards later, Addison’s Scout Flynn went off tackle for Bulldog touchdown. Key player on the drive was Zayne Smith as he rambled on three consecutive carries for 4, 12 and 13 yards to get the ball down to the 15-yard line. Little Sauli Martin-Jones kicked the extra point and Addison went up 35-0 in the second quarter.
On Addison’s next possession, the young ones went 70-yards on six plays for the touchdown. Bullpup Joey Wilson went in from one yard out for the score. Wilson had run 26-yards on the previous play to get to the one-yard line. Flynn found Wyatt Anderson for the two-point conversion and Addison held a commanding 43-0 lead in the second quarter.
Waterloo got some good news as on their next possession, Cougar QB Brocke Gaocher found Brylan McMullen streaking down the seam for a 63-yard touchdown catch and run. Corbyn Gallagher ran in the two-point conversion and Waterloo had finally gotten on the board to cut the lead to 43-8.
After an exchange of possession, Waterloo struck again as Gallagher rumbled 41 yards for another Cougar touchdown. The two-point attempt was no good and the Cougar touchdown had cut the Dawg lead to 43-14 and that is how the first half would end.
Waterloo attempted an onside kick to start the second half and the ball was recovered at midfield by Addison’s Trennon Burns. Four plays later, the young pups Judah Wilkins ran it in from 15-yards out for the score. Key play on the short drive was a 35-yard run by Wyatt Anderson on a third and fourteen play. Roberts ran in the two-point conversion and Addison extended the lead to 51-14.
The rest of the game was fairly evenly played until the game’s final play. Waterloo’s Kaden Benson, a starting offensive lineman who got moved to running back in the fourth quarter wearing number 51, ran 40-yards for a Cougar touchdown. This brought the final score to Addison 51, Waterloo 20.
Addison improves to 3-2 (3-1 region) and will travel to Good Hope for an excellent matchup with the Raiders next Friday night.
Waterloo falls to 0-3 (0-3 region) and will host Sheffield next Friday.
Addison had 32 running plays for 251 total yards. Addison had 10 pass plays for 72 total yards. Addison ran 42 total plays for 323 total yards.
Waterloo had 22 running plays for 145 total yards. Waterloo had 21 pass plays for 80 total yards. Waterloo ran 43 total plays for 225 total yards.
Addison’s Wilkins was 2 completions out of 2 attempts for 24 yards. Flynn was 2 out of 2 for 25 yards. Dyson was 2 out of 3 for 27 yards.
Wilkins led in rushing with 4 carries for 68 yards and 2 touchdowns. Luker had 4 carries for 43 yards and a touchdown. Smith had 5 carries for 43 yards. Anderson had 2 carries for 41 yards. Roberts had 4 carries for 28 yards. Wilson had 2 carries for 27 yards and a touchdown. Judah Wilkins had 2 carries for 16 yards and a touchdown. Flynn had 2 carries for 10 yards. Skylar Cleghorn had 1 carry for 18 yards.
Joseph Frock led the Dawgs in receiving with one catch for 26 yards. Jacob McLamb had 2 grabs for 24 yards. Flynn had 1 catch for 18 yards. Shelton Alexander had 2 catches for 7 yards.
On defense Addison was led by “Speedy” Casen Hill who had 6 tackles and a sack. Kaden Dyson had 4 tackles and a forced fumble. Jordan Hubbert and Burns had 3 tackles. Flynn, Roberts, Holland, Lane Stewart, Jacob Mauldin, Alexander, Tanner Lawrence and Robert Gilmore had 2 tackles a piece.
Bobby Williams recovered a fumble.
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