LYNN — In a game that certainly proved worthy of a clash of undefeated teams, Lynn rallied to beat the Class 1A No. 5 Addison Bulldogs Friday night.
Stellar ball control offense by each team was the rule of the first half. Following a Lynn punt, Addison's initial possession lasted 10 plays and covered 83 yards, but a Bulldog fumble at the 2-yard line left them with no points.
From there, Lynn mounted a remarkable 20-play drive to the Addison 27, holding the ball for more than 11 minutes. Addison's defense also refused to break, however, as Tyler Borden intercepted the first pass of the drive on third and 13.
The Bulldogs finally reached the end zone seven plays later, as Borden blasted up the middle for a 20-yard score, giving Addison a 6-0 lead at the half.
Lynn took their first lead with 2:31 remaining in the third quarter. Ethan Delay ran it in for the Bears from 12 yards out to cap a 12-play drive. The point after put Lynn on top 7-6. Addison came right back, with Zayne Guthrie's 2-yard TD putting the Bulldogs ahead 12-7 with 10 minutes left.
With just more than 5 minutes remaining and Addison in punt formation, Lynn recovered a bad snap at the 1-yard line. Quarterback Noah Jackson ran it in on the next play, and a 2-point conversion put the Bears back on top, 15-12.
The kicking game was then unkind to the Bulldogs again, as Lynn recovered a short kickoff at the 47. Five plays later, they extended their lead to 21-12 on a Cameron Baldy touchdown.
The Bulldogs came right back, advancing the ball into the red zone on an amazing fourth-and-15 play featuring multiple improvised laterals. Guthrie scored on the next snap for Addison with 30 seconds left to narrow the lead to 21-18, but the ensuing onside kick was recovered by the Bears.
Lynn coach Calvin Aldridge said after the game, "No one should feel they didn't get their money's worth tonight. Both teams fought hard. They took the early lead, but we talked at halftime about coming back, and our guys put it together. It was a big win for us."
Both teams step out of region competition next week, as Lynn travels to Tharptown and Addison visits Vinemont.