By TJ Armstrong
For The Daily Mountain Eagle
DOUBLE SPRINGS —
Addison’s John Everett threw a pair of touchdown passes, Dillon Jarrett rushed for two scores and the Bulldogs took control early en route to a 38-12 victory over rival Winston County Friday night.
The Bulldogs drew first blood, scoring early on a run to put six points on the board. A successful two-point conversion added two more, bringing the score to 8-0.
Both the Bulldogs and Yellow Jackets struggled to find the end zone on their next three possessions, with the teams swapping punts until late in the second quarter.
Winston County began to find some momentum, as Andrew Brown, Cole Hagood and Tristan Ergle all played part in a strong march down the field, only to fumble inside the 5-yard line. A quick Addison touchdown pass from Everett to Kurtis Robinson resulted in an easy touchdown for the Dawgs, and a two-point conversion brought the score to 16-0 with 2:03 left in the first half.
The Yellow Jackets quickly retaliated, with Timber Blankenship finding Edward Lamp on a 66-yard pass into the end zone with 1:04 remaining in the half. An unsuccessful extra point attempt left a score of 16-6 on the board.
Addison fielded the next kick with a fair catch. This set up a 62-yard scoring strike from Everett to Kolby Kirk with only 2 seconds left until halftime. Another two-point conversion found its way across the goal line, leaving the score at 24-6 in Addison’s favor at the break.
Winston County took the ball back to open the second half, with Hagood, Andrew Brown, and Tristan Ergle again finding ground as the Yellow Jackets marched toward the goal line.
The Bulldogs managed to reverse the momentum, however, when Robinson intercepted a pass meant for Andrew Brown. Addison’s offense then took the field, but Winston County’s Brandon Waid snagged an interception of his own to put the Yellow Jacket offense back in action with hopes of bringing life back to the team. Blankenship found Waid on the next play with a 38-yard pass to gain yardage deep into Bulldog territory.
As the Yellow Jackets set up the very next passing play, Addison’s Trenton Sudduth would have his turn at an interception, setting up the next offensive series for the Bulldogs.
With 7:57 left in the game, Addison capitalized on the interception, scoring on a short run by Jarrett to bring its advantage to 31-6.
The Bulldogs later received a punt and marched down the field for yet another score. A successful extra-point attempt stacked the score at 38-6 with 3:16 left in the game, the score in Addison’s favor.
On the final possession, the Jackets refused to give up, with quarterback Peyton Taylor connecting with Dylan Earnest on a 15-yard pass to cement the final score of the evening.
Addison’s leader rushers were Jarrett (15 carries for 75 yards), Taylor Wilson (six carries for 71 yards) and Frankie Melson (10 carries for 65 yards).
The Bulldogs will host Phillips-Bear Creek in the first round next Friday.