- Cullman, Alabama

October 12, 2013

PREP FOOTBALL: No. 4 Addison cruises past Sumiton Christian 56-12

Staff Reports
The Cullman Times

ADDISON —  Class 1A, No. 4 Addison showed off its air power in the first half, catching Sumiton Christian off-guard en route to a 56-12 home win on Friday night.

The Bulldogs first used its powerful running attack to grab an 8-0 lead in the first quarter. On its next two drives, however, Addison reeled off touchdown passes and opened up a 22-0 advantage by the end of the stanza.

By the second quarter, it was back to the ground for the Bulldogs, as they tacked on another touchdown on a 19-yard running play to claim a 30-0 cushion at halftime.

Even with the success of the passing game, which included seven completions on eight attempts and two touchdowns, Addison returned to its ground game in the second half to smother Sumiton.

A 25-yard run opened the third quarter of play for the Bulldogs, stretching the lead to 36-0.

This time, Sumiton went to the air and scored. The Bulldogs found themselves defending against the pass throughout the second half, which gave the players an insight into a key matchup against Falkville.

Addison responded to the Sumiton score with a touchdown on the kickoff. The Bulldogs regained the ball not long after and punched in another score before the end of the third quarter to hold a 49-6 lead.

Sumiton picked up its final touchdown on a 75-yard fumble return to make the score 49-12. Addison came right back with another touchdown from the ground game for its final points.

Addison coaches were pleased with the offensive line as it blocked well for both the passing and running games. For the night, the Bulldogs accumulated more than 300 yards on the ground and 165 through the air.

The Bulldogs again used numerous running backs to control the ball, with three of them gaining 70-plus yards apiece.

The defense held up well in the second half as Sumiton abandoned its running game and went to the air 18 times. No. 6 Falkville is expected to challenge the Bulldogs with what has been an effective passing game all season.

Next week’s showdown will be played in Falkville. Addison stands 7-0 on the season.

% The Times’ David Palmer contributed to this report.