Falkville’s Ryan Sullivan took it upon his hands to shine the most.
The Blue Devil quarterback had a night to remember, rushing for 243 yards, including 185 in the second half, passing for 126 more and accounting for four Falkville touchdowns in a 34-20 victory.
If Sullivan carries over his second-half performance from Friday night, Falkville (7-0, 6-0) will wrap up one of its most successful seasons with a 1A, Region 6 title.
Sullivan finished with a pair of 2-yard touchdown runs, added a 19-yard scoring pass to Austin Wilhite and capped Falkville’s scoring with a 42-yard scamper. He dissected an Addison defense that entered the contest allowing only seven points per game.
“Falkville played well and their quarterback hurt us. I thought they played one of their better games. We didn’t play well at times, and they came out and put it to us in the second half,” said Addison coach David Smothers, whose squad entered as the fourth-ranked team in 1A.
Falkville scored quickly to open the game. Bryant Hester scooped up a fumble on the opening kickoff and scampered for a 26-yard touchdown only 11 seconds into the contest. Sullivan added an extra point for a 7-0 lead.
After Addison failed to convert on a 4th-down play near the Falkville 20-yard line, the Blue Devils orchestrated their longest scoring drive of the game. Sullivan capped off a 14-play, 81-yard drive with a 2-yard touchdown with 11 seconds remaining in the first quarter. Falkville led 13-0 after the extra point was blocked.
Addison (7-1, 6-1) punched back and owned the second quarter. Kolby Kirk put the Bulldogs on the board with a strong 16-yard touchdown with 8:22 remaining before half. A Taylor Wilson extra point cut the Addison deficit to 13-7.
Addison scored again on its following series. The Bulldogs received a huge lift by converting a fake punt on 4th down from the Falkville 22-yard line. Franky Melson took the direct snap and rumbled 35 yards to extend the drive. Five plays later, Addison quarterback John Everett cashed in a 5-yard touchdown run and another extra point handed the Bulldogs a slim 14-13 advantage with 2:53 remaining before the half.
It appeared Addison had assumed all momentum after the fake punt and dominant second quarter.
Sullivan and the Blue Devils had other plans.
Sullivan ran up the left sideline for 67 yards on the second play of the third quarter and, three plays later, reclaimed the lead for Falkville, scoring a 2-yard touchdown.
Sullivan threw his lone touchdown strike late in the third quarter, connecting with Wilhite across the middle for 19 yards to extend Falkville’s lead to 27-14.
The Blue Devils then made it 34-14 on a 42-yard run by Sullivan with 8:50 remaining in the game.
Addison, which ran only eight plays in the third quarter, answered on its following possession with a 1-yard TD run by Everett, trimming the deficit to 34-20.
Everett finished with the pair of rushing touchdowns, 80 yards passing and an interception. Wilson added 39 yards rushing for the Bulldogs.
Kyle Denson and Levi Hammack each had fumble recoveries for Addison.
Austin Kritner finished with six receptions for 71 yards for Falkville, while Daniel Woodall added 42 yards receiving.
Addison is idle next week. The Bulldogs will close the regular season against Winston County on Nov. 1.