Addison takes down Tharptown behind second-half surge

By W. BRIAN HALE, Eagle Sports Writer
Posted 10/19/19

ADDISON — Despite a sluggish first-half performance, the Addison Bulldogs dominated the remaining two quarters to post a 37-7 victory over the Tharptown Wildcats on Friday night at A.G. Hicks Stadium in Addison.

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Addison takes down Tharptown behind second-half surge

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ADDISON — Despite a sluggish first-half performance, the Addison Bulldogs dominated the remaining two quarters to post a 37-7 victory over the Tharptown Wildcats on Friday night at A.G. Hicks Stadium in Addison.

Addison totaled 334 yards of offense, while holding Tharptown to 117 total yards.

Dayton Roberts completed 9 of 18 passes for 149 yards with two touchdowns and an interception, while rushing for 33 yards on three carries.

His top target was Colton Chambers with three receptions for 54 yards. Chambers led the Bulldogs in rushing with two carries for 58 yards and a touchdown.

Nelson Harris led the Bulldog defense with seven tackles and a tackle for a loss.

Addison’s initial score of the game came late in the first quarter following a 20-yard touchdown strike from Roberts to Jack Wilson. Caleb Crider connected with Justin Mather for the two-point conversion to give the Bulldogs the 8-0 advantage.

The Bulldogs’ next score came on a 43-yard punt return by Grant Rice for a touchdown. Roberts found Xavier Barley for two points for a 16-0 Addison halftime lead.

Tharptown opened the second half with a recovered on-side kick and scored on a 46-yard pass. The extra point cut Addison’s lead to 16-7.

The momentum shift, however, was quickly disrupted by the Bulldogs.

Addison drove 61 yards on four plays, with Chambers ending the drive with a 33-yard touchdown run. Crider added two points on a run to put the Bulldogs ahead, 24-7.

Near the end of the third quarter, Addison drove 81 yards on 12 plays, with JB Pellecer scoring on a one-yard run. Elijah Howse connected on the extra point kick, leaving the Bulldogs in command, 31-7.

The Bulldogs’ final score came in the fourth quarter thanks to a 47-yard run by Sage Smothers. The extra point kick was missed, leading to the 37-7 final.

The Bulldogs (7-2, 4-1) can lock-up the Class 2A, Region 7’s second-place playoff spot next week when they face the hosting Hatton Hornets.