By Russell Moore
For The Times
Addison’s postseason chase is off to a dominating start.
Six different players scored touchdowns, and the Dawg defense stifled Phillips-Bear Creek the entire way, as third-ranked Addison 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,” the second-year coach 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."
The Bulldogs (9-1) advance to play top-ranked Pickens County on the road next week in the second round of the Class 1A bracket. The Purple Tornadoes defeated Gaylesville 36-13 on Friday.
Addison buried Phillips (5-6) early after a 23-point first quarter. On the Bulldogs’ opening possession, Dillon Jarrett capped off an eight-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.
Addison utilized its aerial attack to score on the 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. 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 go up 26-0.
The Bulldog 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 last time the program won a playoff game. “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.
Including their respective touchdowns, Wilson finished with 81 rushing yards for Addison, Melson had 67 and Jarrett added 57.
Everett finished 3 of 5 through the air for 57 yards and two touchdowns. He added 30 rushing yards.
Crumpton was 8 of 21 for 104 yards and a touchdown pass, compiling most of those yards after Addison’s starters had departed.