Traditional powers meet in early-season clash

Piedmont travels to Addison tonight

Two of the most storied and tradition-rich powers in the state meet tonight at A.G. Hicks Stadium as the Addison Bulldogs host the Piedmont Bulldogs in the first game between the programs. The epic matchup will represent an early season challenge for two teams eager to seize the momentum they’ve both enjoyed throughout their respective histories. Both are coming off of stellar two-year campaigns with deep playoff runs. Addison has gone a combined 14-4 over the past two seasons, with a trip to the fourth round of the playoffs in 2016 and a third-round playoff appearance last year. Piedmont has gone a combined 17-2 during the same two-year period, winning the Class 3A state title on a perfect 15-0 record in 2016 — its third championship in the past decade, followed by a fourth-round playoff appearance last year.

While Piedmont opened 2018 with an off week, Addison started the year with a 20-12 victory over Class 4A Curry, fending off a late offensive surge by the Yellow Jackets after building a 20-0 early lead. Though happy to start the season off with a victory, Addison head coach David Smothers said the victory over Curry also showed the amount of improvement his team needs to work towards. “We didn’t play very good last week — but the good thing we as a coaching staff were able to take away from the game was that everything we saw we were doing bad is correctable,” Smothers said. “The effort, hustle and belief is there — these kids believe they can play with any team they line up against — it’s just a matter of getting the mistakes you usually encounter in the first few weeks of year taken care of.” Piedmont’s execution has impressed Smothers and knows his team is in for one of the toughest tests in program history. “Piedmont is very good at what they do and how they coach their kids. They may be simple in what they do, but the way they execute is phenomenal,” Smothers said. “They do a great job in creating the best matchups for them both offensively and defensively. We’re going to have to go in and play as nearly as perfect as we can to make it a good game.”