The Cullman Times
Addison used a ball-hungry defense to shut down Sumiton Christian 47-7 on Friday night.
The road victory for the Bullodgs, who have won five straight following an 0-2 start, sets up a key Class 1A, Region 6 matchup next week against unbeaten Falkville.
Addison pushed its record to 5-2 (4-1 in the region) as the defense pressured Sumiton’s quarterback throughout the night. The Eagles managed only 131 passing yards on 10-of-23 completions and 30 rushing yards.
Bulldog quarterback John Everett enjoyed a productive night, completing 6 of 7 passes for 212 yards and touchdown passes of 86 and 46 yards to Jesse Seals. Seals also returned a punt 57 yards to Sumiton’s 1-yard-line. Jake Wade got the touchdown on the next play.
But a swarming defense was enough for Addison to finish off Sumiton, which coughed up three fumbles. Levi Aldridge returned two of them for touchdowns of 68 and 30 yards.
Sumiton was shut down in the first half, managing 12 rushing yards as Addison entered the locker room with a 28-0 advantage.
The game was never in doubt for the Bulldogs as the defense continued to pressure Sumiton’s backfield.
The lone score for the Eagles came long after the outcome was decided. A 63-yard drive, with most of the yardage coming through the air, gave Sumiton its touchdown with 1:30 left in the game.
The Eagles finished with 131 passing yards and 30 rushing yards.
Addison amassed 212 passing yards and 143 yards on the ground. Wade was the team’s leading rusher with 50 yards on 12 carries.
% Lamar County 42, Cold Springs 26: The Eagles dropped a tough game on the road Friday night, losing in a matchup of Class 2A, Region 4 teams.
Big plays were a problem for Cold Springs (2-5, 1-4) as they allowed the Bulldogs take a 20-14 lead going into halftime with a 70-plus-yard trick play late in the second quarter.
The Eagles would come close a couple more times in the second half, but a kickoff return for a touchdown and a run on the ground late in the game by the Bulldogs (5-2, 4-1) were the difference for Cold Springs.
“We just gave up big plays at the wrong time,” Eagle coach Rod Elliott said. “I am disappointed in the way the game turned out because I thought our kids played the best they have all year long.”
Cold Springs will be on the road again next week, traveling to Uniontown to take on R.C. Hatch.
Geraldine 63, Holly Pond 7: The Broncos dropped their fifth straight game Friday night in a lopsided loss to the host Bulldogs.
Holly Pond couldn't slow down a Geraldine rushing attack that totaled a whopping 513 yards in the game.
The Broncos scored their only touchdown on a 6-yard touchdown run by Jacob Jones to cut the deficit to 28-7 with 7:57 left in the second quarter.
However, Geraldine added two more touchdowns before the half, putting the game out of reach for Holly Pond.
The Broncos (1-6, 1-4 in Class 3A, Region 6) will look to snap its losing streaking at home versus Pisgah next Friday.
% The Times’ David Palmer and Jake Winfrey contributed to this report.