The Cullman Times
Addison looked like it had a victory in the bag going into the 4th quarter, but the game quickly turned into a nail-biter before the Bulldogs secured the win.
Clinging to a 28-20 margin, Addison’s defense stopped Ragland on the 10-yard-line with just seconds remaining to secure the win and push its record to 2-0.
The night started with plenty of fireworks as Ragland nailed a 63-yard touchdown pass on the first play from scrimmage. The point-after attempt failed.
The Bulldogs came back with a time-consuming drive resulting in a 7-yard touchdown run by Dylan Jarrett with just over four minutes remaining in the first quarter. Kyle Vincent took the ball into the end zone for the two-point conversion, leaving the score 8-6 at the end of the quarter.
Addison shut down Ragland’s offense in the second quarter, again turning to an effective ground game to punch in another touchdown. Devin Marlin sprinted 25 yards for the score with 7:59 left in the half. Vincent again converted the two-point conversion and gave Addison a 16-6 lead.
Despite contending with Ragland’s scrambling quarterback, Addison built what appeared to be a comfortable lead in the third.
Marlin scored again on the ground to build the lead to 22-6. The Bulldogs tacked on an eight-yard run with 3:10 remaining in the third quarter. Both extra-point attempts failed but Addison stood on top 28-6 entering the fourth quarter.
A few minutes into the final frame, Ragland struck pay dirt on a long pass. The extra point made narrowed the score to 28-13. But the Bulldogs’ foe was not finished.
With 5:52 remaining in the game, Ragland scored on a 15-yard run and closed the gap to 28-20.
Entering the final minutes of the game, Addison’s defense made a goal-line stand, but the offense turned the ball over.
The drama came in the final moments as Ragland’s offensive unit made it to Addison’s 10-yard-line. On a fourth-down play, Ragland appeared to be going with a quarterback keeper, which the Bulldogs’ defense read and stopped with no gain.