MILLPORT — Addison’s season came to an untimely end on Friday night following a 34-20 road loss to South Lamar in the quarterfinals of the Class 1A playoffs.
The eighth-ranked Bulldogs (10-3) surrendered 512 yards of total offense against the Stallions (10-3), who will take on No. 6 Pickens County in next week’s semifinal clash.
Herachio Washington (33 carries, 261 yards and two touchdowns), and Keidarris Griffin (12 carries, 160 yards and one touchdown) ran wild for South Lamar, which outpaced coach David Smothers’ squad 467 to 163 on the ground.
“It’s hard to say how good our season was after this loss,” the sixth-year head man said. “Right now, I think we played pretty poorly … and that’s a reflection on me. We had a great week of practice and were extremely focused. It just wasn’t meant to be I guess.”
Addison kicked off the scoring late in the first quarter.
Zayne Guthrie picked off a pass in the end zone on defense and then hit Luke Chambers for a 53-yard scoring strike two plays later to gift the Bulldogs a 6-0 lead.
The Stallions couldn’t be contained, though, scoring touchdowns on their last three possessions of the first half. Jack Dowdle sandwiched two 1-yard quarterback sneaks around a 37-yard jaunt from Washington to allow the home team to take a 21-6 advantage into the break.
Addison cut the deficit to seven following a 91-yard TD scamper from Guthrie in the third stanza — Logan Wilkins ran in a 2-point conversion — but South Lamar answered with a 53-yard score from Griffin via a jet sweep on its next possession.
Guthrie found Wilkins for a 4-yard touchdown strike early in the fourth quarter to slash the home squad’s cushion to down nine — the 2-point try failed — but the Stallions once again hit pay dirt … this time with a 2-yard run from Washington that punctuated an exceptional drive.
“We just needed a break,” Smothers said. “We couldn’t get that key stop. I thought we would be a little better tackling tonight. They didn’t do anything out of the ordinary. But, we lost to a really good football team. I think we’re better than what we showed tonight, but they may be that much better than us. Hats off to them. We didn’t do it good enough.”
Guthrie finished 6 of 12 through the air for 82 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. He added 104 rushing yards on seven carries.
Tyler Borden and Ben Robinson combined for 60 rushing yards, while Chambers (four catches for 75 yards) and Wilkins (three catches for 41 yards) contributed on the outside.
The Bulldogs lose seven seniors heading into next season and return several key players off a team that was just one win away from its second straight semifinal appearance.
“I’m proud of these seniors,” Smothers said. “We weren’t expected to do this well by some. I’m going to miss those guys, but we have guys coming back. We’ve got a good group coming back for sure.”