ADDISON . — Addison’s season came to an end Friday night, losing to 38-22 to the Aliceville Yellow Jackets at home in the third round of the AHSAA Class-2A State Playoffs.
Head coach David Smothers is proud of the year his team had, but admits they did not play at their best Friday night in a cold and wet A.G. Hicks Stadium.
“Every facet of the game tonight we didn’t make enough – we made bad plays,” Smothers said. “Normally we’re making good plays, but we shot ourselves in the foot so many times tonight offensively, defensively, special teams. We didn’t play well and when you don’t play well against a good team you get beat like we got beat. That’s what happens.”
The Bulldogs took advantage of a short field on their first drive after starting at the Yellow Jackets’ 32-yards line, needing only three plays for Zayne Guthrie to run in an 8-yard touchdown to give the Bulldogs an early 8-0 lead.
Despite what was seemingly a momentum building drive, Zavien Wilkins ran 61 yards on Aliceville’s ensuing possession to put the Jackets on the board. It was one of two long rushing touchdowns for the Yellow Jackets as they would take a 12-8 lead later in the second quarter when Kavon McGraw ran 43 yards for a score.
The Bulldogs meanwhile were forced to punt on every following possession of the first half.
“Field position in the first half,” Smothers said when asked about the offensive struggles. “We started every time — except the very first drive when they fumbled that punt. That very first score of the night was a result of that punt – but after that we didn’t get the ball passed the 50.”
Addison had multiple opportunities to build momentum, including a fourth down stop inside the 15-yard line that resulted in the Bulldogs’ being flagged for a pass interference call. With an untimed down before the half, McGraw threw a 7-yard pass to push the lead to 18-8.
“That interference call really took a lot of the wind out of us right there before half, that untimed down, we went into the half down by 10 when we could’ve gone in down by 3,” said Coach Smothers. “That took a lot of wind out of us.”
Addison would make it a 4-point game in the third quarter when Guthrie threw his first of two touchdown passes — a 3-yard toss to Caleb Crider. The other was a 7-yard touchdown throw to Brett Smith late in the fourth quarter.
Despite the improved effort on offense, Addison couldn’t keep up with Aliceville as the Yellow Jackets outscored the Bulldogs 20-14 in the second half of play.
Addison finishes the 2018 season with a 10-3 record and their ninth-straight playoff appearance.
“I’m proud of the year they had,” Smothers said. “I just wish they could’ve finished playing their best football tonight and they didn’t. For my seniors, I wish had we gotten beat, we had got beat playing our best football.”
The four graduating seniors, Zayne Guthrie, Gage Gilliland, Hayden Ray and Trace Thompson, leave will leave Addison with a 38-13 record over the past four years.
“Nothing but good things (to say about them),” Smothers said of his departing class. “They’re just awesome kids, love them to death. They have good parents, good kids to coach and they do everything you ask of them.”