Addison hands No. 9 Decatur Heritage first loss

By RUSSELL MOORE, Eagle Sports Correspondent
Posted 10/6/17

ADDISON - Colton Chambers’ first career touchdown reception for Addison High was memorable enough on Friday night.

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Addison hands No. 9 Decatur Heritage first loss

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ADDISON - Colton Chambers’ first career touchdown reception for Addison High was memorable enough on Friday night.

His second touchdown – moments later - was icing on the cake for the Bulldogs (5-2, 3-1) in a pivotal Class 1A, Region 7 triumph.

Chambers hauled in a pair of second-half scoring receptions, and Addison’s defense blanked previously unbeaten Decatur Heritage in the second half, pulling away for a 32-14 victory at A.G. Hicks Stadium.

“It’s a massive win for us. We’ve had a couple of tough weeks, and this gives us confidence as a team for the rest of the month,” said Chambers, who finished the game with three catches for 103 yards and two scores. “I think we became a closer group tonight (Friday). We beat a strong team.”

Before Chambers’ decisive catches, Decatur Heritage had seized momentum shortly before halftime, posting 14 points over the final 3:03 in the second quarter.

The Eagles led 14-10 at the break.

Addison forced Decatur Heritage (5-1, 2-1 Region 7) to punt on its opening possession of the third quarter, highlighted by a sack from the Bulldogs’ Trace Thompson, one of three he registered in the game.

Addison began the ensuing possession at its own 46 and marched down to the Decatur Heritage 24-yard line in nine plays. Facing a 4th-and-4, Addison quarterback William Guthrie dropped back for only his third pass attempt of the game.

Guthrie found Chambers all alone, slipping away from Decatur Heritage defenders, for a 24-yard touchdown strike. The Bulldogs added a 2-point conversion and reclaimed an 18-14 edge with 4:01 remaining in the third quarter.

“We knew they might expect us to run it. I was surprised I was wide open, and the pressure is on to catch it when you’re that open,” Chambers said. “It’s a catch I’ll never forget.”

Addison couldn’t have picked a better time to put the ball in the air.

“Our offensive coordinator promised me it was there, and I told him he better be right,” said Addison coach David Smothers, whose team snapped a brief two-game skid. “We have to eliminate shooting ourselves in the foot as many times as we did. I’m proud of the team though. The effort has been there all year long, and we did enough against a good team.”

After forcing another Decatur Heritage punt, Addison extended its lead in the opening seconds of the fourth quarter. Chambers corralled a pass from Guthrie and eluded multiple Eagle defenders for a 74-yard touchdown reception. The Bulldogs led 24-14 with 11:45 to go after a missed extra point.

“I somehow found a way to get to the end zone, especially after cramping up around the 30-yard line,” Chambers said.

Tyler Borden added a 9-yard touchdown for the Bulldogs with 3:55 remaining for a 32-14 cushion. Borden finished with 136 rushing yards on 23 carries.

“We’ve faced a lot of adversity the last couple of weeks, so it makes this win sweet. It’s huge,” Borden said.

Addison scooted out to a 10-0 lead in the first quarter. At the 8:45 mark, the Bulldogs forced a safety on Decatur Heritage’s opening possession with Thompson and Timothy Trussell teaming up to sack Eagles’ QB Hank Davis in the end zone.

Addison later cashed in a Jake Wilson interception. The Bulldogs began the drive at the Decatur Heritage 41-yard line and needed only five plays to score again. Braxton Preuitt capped the drive with a 6-yard touchdown.

Decatur Heritage used a pair of second-quarter turnovers to take control. Colton Keith scored a 23-yard touchdown with 3:03 left before the half after the Eagles forced a turnover on a sack. Keith finished with 38 yards rushing.

Four plays later, Decatur Heritage’s Trace Lentz returned an interception 45 yards for a touchdown. The Eagles led 14-10 with 1:06 to go before intermission.

For Addison, Guthrie passed for 99 yards and two scores and rushed for 62 yards.

With Friday’s second-half rally, Addison has set itself up as a prime contender to host a first-round playoff game.

“We’ve got a chance. We had a good week of practice and got some guys back healthy,” Smothers said. “This was a good win, but I’m ready to see us play good football for four quarters. We haven’t done that in a while.”

Addison travels to Meek for another Region 7 tilt on Friday.

Decatur Heritage hosts Southeastern next week.