Six different players scored touchdowns and Addison’s defense stifled Phillips-Bear Creek the entire way as the third-ranked Bulldogs rolled to a 48-6 victory at A.G. Hicks Stadium Friday night, earning the school’s first playoff win in three years and the first in the David Smothers era.
“I felt like we executed in virtually every phase of the game. Besides one fumble in the red zone, we scored points on every possession in the first half, so I was proud of that. We also got a defensive touchdown. And, I’m proud my young kids got in there during the second half and got a lot of repetitions,” Smothers said.
“This playoff win is big for these kids. It’s the first one for a lot of them and the first one for me. They have worked their tails off, and it’s a step up the ladder to where we want to be. We can’t enjoy this one very long. We’ve got to get to work again. We’re going to have to play lights out the rest of the way, play hard and see how it goes.”
Addison (9-1) advances to play top-ranked Pickens County (11-0) next week in the Class 1A second round. The Purple Tornadoes defeated Gaylesville on Friday.
Addison buried Phillips (5-6) early after a 23-point first quarter. On Addison’s opening possession, Dillon Jarrett capped off an 8-play, 43-yard drive with a 25-yard touchdown run, less than three minutes into the game. Taylor Wilson added the extra point for a 7-0 lead.
The Bulldogs utilized their aerial attack to score on their next drive, extending the lead on a 25-yard touchdown strike from quarterback John Everett to Kaleb Estill. Wilson ran in a 2-point conversion for a 15-0 advantage.
Only three plays into Addison’s next possession, Everett hooked up with Kurtis Robinson for a 23-yard touchdown pass and another successful 2-point conversion pushed the Bulldogs’ cushion to 23-0 with 3:51 remaining in the first.
Addison padded its lead late in the second quarter as Wilson nailed a 37-yard field goal to give the Bulldogs a 26-0 advantage.
The Bulldogs’ defense then tallied a score. Senior linebacker Trenton Suddeth scooped up a fumble on the next play from scrimmage and raced 54 yards for a touchdown, giving Addison a 34-0 lead with 25.3 seconds remaining in the half.
Suddeth’s touchdown capped off a dominating first-half performance by the Addison defense, which yielded only 13 total yards and two first downs by intermission.
“I wasn’t expecting to be able to score a touchdown, but I’ll take it,” said Suddeth, one of 11 seniors on the team who were freshmen the previous time Addison had won a playoff game before Friday. “I’m just happy to be a part of this team and family. I’m glad we get to play another round. We trust our coaches to put us in the right position, and it’s our job to execute.”
Suddeth finished with the touchdown and a pair of tackles for loss.
Addison’s Franky Melson accounted for a 39-yard touchdown on the Bulldogs’ opening possession of the third quarter and Wilson capped the team’s scoring with a 44-yard scamper halfway through the period.
With the comfortable lead, Addison had the luxury of resting its starters for the entire fourth quarter.
Phillips’ quarterback Jonathan Crumpton connected with Matthew Martin on a 20-yard touchdown strike for the Bears’ lone touchdown with 12.3 seconds remaining in the game.
Including their respective touchdowns, Wilson finished with 81 yards rushing for Addison, Melson had 67 yards and Jarrett added 57 yards.
Everett finished 3 of 5 passing for 57 yards and two touchdowns. He added 30 yards rushing.
Crumpton finished 8 of 21 for 104 yards and a touchdown pass, compiling most of those yards after Addison’s starters had departed.