Addison blasts No. 10 Colbert County

By BARRY BARNETT, Eagle Sports Correspondent
Posted 10/4/19

ADDISON — The Colbert County Indians came into Addison Friday night with a No. 10 ranking in Class 2A, and having outscored their opponents by a combined margin of 225-67.

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Addison blasts No. 10 Colbert County

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ADDISON — The Colbert County Indians came into Addison Friday night with a No. 10 ranking in Class 2A, and having outscored their opponents by a combined margin of 225-67.

When the dust settled after their crucial Region 7 match-up, however, it was the Bulldogs who took advantage of numerous Colbert County turnovers and emerged with a stunning 44-12 victory.

In a tightly contested first half, it was the Bulldog defense that struck first. During the Indians’ second possession, Addison safety Luke Chambers picked off a Colbert County pass and raced 42 yards down the sideline to give the Bulldogs the early 7-0 lead.

Colbert County (5-2, 2-1) responded with a 13-play, 66-yard drive to narrow the gap to 7-6 with 9:53 remaining in the half.

Addison then answered with stellar drive of their own, going 77 yards in 11 plays. The touchdown came on a 4-yard Weston Smith run, putting the Bulldogs up 13-6.

Taking over at its own 8-yard line with just over a minute until intermission, Colbert County promptly marched 92 yards to score on the last play of the half. The Indians completed 3 passes of over 20 yards during the drive, with the touchdown coming on a 21-yard strike down the middle to make the halftime score 13-12.

The onslaught came in the third quarter. Addison received the kickoff, and after a short drive stalled at midfield Elijah Howse launched a 47-yard punt that pinned Colbert County at their 3-yard line.

The Indians immediately fumbled the hand-off on their opening run attempt, and Caleb Crider recovered in the endzone for the Addison TD. The successful 2-pt. conversion made the score 21-12.

The next Colbert County drive lasted only three plays before a Nelson Hernandez interception gave the ball to Addison at the Indian 26-yard line.

Four plays later, Smith again powered the ball over for a Bulldog TD, and Addison extended the lead to 28-12.

After forcing a Colbert County punt, Addison took over at their own 21. Seven straight running plays by Grant Rice, Smith, Nelson Martin, and Crider took the ball all the way to the 6-yard line. Crider took it in from there, breaking a tackle at the 3 to earn the score and finish the physically dominating drive, which seemed to end any Colbert County hopes of recapturing the momentum.

With the Bulldogs now up 36-12, Colbert County again fumbled deep in its own territory, giving Addison the ball at the 9-yard line. On the third play of the drive, Smith ran up the middle from 5 yards out, getting what proved to be the game’s final score with 1:09 remaining in the 3rd quarter.

After the game, Addison coach David Smothers commented on how his squad was able to capitalize on the Indian turnovers, stating, “That is what good teams do.”

Addison (5-2. 2-1) resumes region play next week, as they travel to face Tanner.