Addison's Robinson rushes for five TDs in rout of Hanceville

ADDISON — Hanceville knew he was coming, but it simply didn't matter. Ben Robinson couldn't be stopped. The senior running back carried the ball 16 times for 220 yards and five touchdowns on Friday night to help Class 1A Addison blow past the 3A Purple and Gold 40-6 inside A.G. Hicks Stadium. Robinson's quality performance spearheaded a total of 347 rushing yards, which was also aided by Weston Smith (43 yards), Tyler Borden (35), Zayne Guthrie (33) and a handful of other Bulldogs. The soft-spoken runner credited just about everybody following the victory ... except himself. "I couldn't have done it without our blockers and our line," he said. "I couldn't do it without our center Hayden (Ray) and our quarterback Zayne, either. If not for those guys, I don't really have anything tonight. Our running plays have really improved, but we couldn't do anything without all of our guys working together. We could still play better overall, but we had a great game tonight." Addison put up points on four of its first five possessions — Borden opened the fireworks with a 2-yard touchdown run before Robinson ripped off scoring jaunts of 2, 5 and 2 yards — to grab a 26-0 lead early in the second quarter. Hanceville, meanwhile, coughed up two fumbles, hurled an interception, muffed a punt on a bad snap and turned the ball over on downs twice — all in the first 20 minutes of the lopsided matchup.

Although the Purple and Gold scored on its first possession of the second half — Alex Campbell slung a 2-yard scoring strike to Owen Harper after Romael Simmons blocked a punt and return the ball inside Addison's 10-yard-line — they managed just five yards of total offense during the final two frames and just 112 for the game. Simmons and RJ Evans, who combined for 324 rushing yards in a Week 1 win over Cold Springs, had just 68 against coach David Smothers' group. Addison had a few problems snapping the ball — though wet conditions contributed to that — and it also committed a wealth of penalties, many of which cost Robinson and Co. additional yards and potential points on the scoreboard. Guthrie completed two passes — both to Logan Wilkins — for 18 yards. Borden and Braxton Prueitt had interceptions on defense, while Caleb Crider and others delivered their fair share of tackles for loss. Addison sported helmet decals featuring the number 79, which honored teammate Will Gunnin — a sophomore lineman who tragically lost his life in a car accident back in November. The decision to honor the fallen Bulldog came from inside the locker room."Last week, Trace (Thompson) mentioned Will's parents were coming to the game," Robinson said. "So we played for them, and we played for Will." Added Smothers: "We wanted to do something for the kids, Will's family and the community, because that affected so many people. We talked about some different things and settled on the helmets. I think it looked great. I loved it." Addison travels to Southeastern next Friday.