PREP FOOTBALL: Addison handles Phillips on the road 54-0

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Addison hammered Phillips on the road 54-0 Friday night. (Courtesy of Cindy Luker)

BEAR CREEK, Ala. – Addison traveled to Bear Creek, Alabama to take on the Phillips Bears at James E. Glass Stadium. This was a region game, and it was a David vs Goliath matchup, but this time David didn’t have a stone and the Bulldogs tamed the overmatched Bears 54-0.

The first quarter started with Addison kicking off and forcing a three and out from the Bears. Addison took over at their own 33-yard line. On the Dawgs first play from scrimmage, Braden Luker galloped 16 yards for a first down. Three plays later, Jed Wilkins trotted home for the 16-yard touchdown run to give Addison the 6-0 lead. Wilkins then found Elijah Roberts in the back of the end zone for the two-point conversion pass to give Addison the 8-0 lead with 7:33 to go in the first quarter.

The Bears next offensive possession was three plays that netted -12 yards. The Bears then made the mistake of punting to Mr. Wilkins, and he promptly returned the punt 60-yards for the touchdown. Wilkins then found Kaden Dyson in the corner of the endzone for the two-point conversion to give the Bulldogs the 16-0 lead with 5:49 to go in the first quarter.

The next possession ended only after -2 yards and Addison’s Mr. Luker decided to get in on the act as he intercepted a Bear pass and returned it 40-yards for the touchdown. Hayden Holland ran in the two-point conversion and still with 4:46 to go in the first quarter, Addison had extended the lead to 24-0.

The Bears showed some life as they picked up a first down and got down to the Bulldog 41-yard line. That is when Addison defensive back Seth Hammack stepped in front of a Bear receiver on a deep route and intercepted another Bear pass. Addison would take over at their own 9-yard line.

On Addison’s first play, Wilkins found Jordan Hubbert on a little pop pass and Hubbert did the rest. The ball traveled about 2 feet in the air and Hubbert ran 91 yards for the Addison touchdown pass. The two-point was no good and at the 1:19 mark, Addison led 30-0.

Wilkins then intercepted a Phillips pass and returned it 65-yards for another touchdown but unfortunately a penalty negated the touchdown but did give Addison the ball at the Phillips 37-yard line. This is literally the sixth touchdown that Wilkins has had called back due to penalty this season.

One play later, there is a theme here, Addison’s Holland, showing surprising speed scampered 37-yards for the touchdown. This was the first play of the second quarter. The extra point was no good and with 11:29 to go in the first half, Addison led 36-0.

After another Phillips three and out, Wilkins on Addison’s first play of the drive ran 40-yards for another touchdown. The extra point was no good and with 5:48 to go in the half, Addison led 42-0.

Phillips, against the Addison Puppies, managed a couple first downs and got down into Bulldog territory. With first down at the Bullpups 37-yard line, the Phillips quarterback dropped back and was sacked by Zayne Smith forcing a fumble. Addison’s Matthew McKinna recovered the fumble for the Bullpups.

Addison’s young ones gave the ball right back on a fumble giving the Bears momentum and the ball at their own 40-yard line. Two plays later, Shelton Alexander made a nice play, grabbing an interception and getting to the Phillip’s 25-yard line.

With time running out in the first half, Addison quarterback Scout Flynn directed the Bullpups down the field and capped it off with a Zayne Smith 3-yard touchdown run. The two-point was no good and with only 53 seconds to go in the first half, Addison had extended their lead to 48-0. This is how the half would end.

The second half would have a running clock and there would only be five offensive series total in the second half.  Addison scored the only points in the second half as Flynn found Trennon Burns in the endzone for a 14-yard touchdown pass. The two-point was no good and Addison upped the score to 54-0.

This was a game where Addison could have named the score and Addison Head Coach David Smothers called off the Dawgs early, allowing his starters some rest and giving his young ones two and a half quarters to get some much-needed varsity experience.

Addison goes to 7-2 (5-1 region) and will host Shoals Christian in their final region game of the season. Phillips drops to 2-7 (2-5 region) and their season is over since they have a bye next week.

Unofficial stats

Addison ran 25 running plays for 218 total yards. Addison had 10 passing plays for 127 total yards. Addison ran 35 total plays for 345 total yards. Phillips had 26 running plays for 12 total yards. Phillips had 17 passing plays for 50 total yards. Phillips ran 43 total plays for 62 total yards.

Addison Wilkins went 2 for 2 for 96 yards and a touchdown. Flynn went 5 out of 8 for 31 yards and a touchdown.

Addison was led in rushing by Wilkins who had 3 carries for 84 yards and 2 touchdowns. Holland had 1 carry for 37 yards and a touchdown. Flynn had 5 carries for 28 yards. Hammack had 2 carries for 17 yards. Luker had 2 carries for 18 yards. Judah Wilkins had 4 carries for 14 yards. Trennon Burns had 1 carry for 7 yards. Zayne Smith had 1 carry for 3 yards and a touchdown. Alexander had 1 carry for 6 yards.

Addison was led in receiving by Hubbert with 1 catch for 91 yards and a touchdown. Burns had 1 catch for 14 yards and a touchdown. Tanner Gaither had 2 catches for 9 yards. Alexander had 1 catch for 6 yards. Roberts had 1 catch for 5 yards. Judah Wilkins had 1 catch for 2 yards.

On defense Addison was led by Hubbert with 4 tackles. Bradley Willette, Major Snoddy, K. Dyson, Nick Nail, Joey Wilson, Brye Dolllar and Z. Smith had 3 each. Holland, Hammack, Burns, Bobby Williams, Casen Hill had 2 each.

Brodie Willingham, Hubbert, Dollar and Z. Smith all had 1 sack. Luker, Hammack, Alexander and Jed Wilkins had an interception apiece. McKinna and J. Wilson had a fumble recovery each.

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