All the ingredients came together to make the perfect mix for a playoff atmosphere inside the stadium at Addison High Friday night. And though it wasn’t a win-or-go-home scenario for the Bulldogs or Winston County just yet, a year’s worth of bragging rights were on the line as prep football’s regular season came to a close.
Clinging to a seven-point lead with seconds remaining in the game, and the Yellow Jackets deep in their territory after recovering an onside kick, Addison’s defense rose to the occasion with blitzes of the quarterback and batted down passes in the end zone to seal a 14-7 victory over rival Winston County. Just two possessions before, the Bulldog defense came up with two consecutive goalline stands from the 1-yard line.
“As much as a coach doesn’t want to be in that situation, it was wonderful to get to see that happen,” Addison coach David Smothers said. “I knew our kids had it in them. Anybody who watches Addison football sees that often, and that’s really the first time this year we’ve had those type of stands, and it was great.”
After a scoreless first quarter, Seth Robinson put Addison on the board with a 14-yard touchdown run, capping off a five-play, 55 yard drive. Two plays into the fourth, Robinson scored again on a 28-yard scamper and the 14-0 advantage.
Winston County threatened several times throughout the night to tie and take a lead in the contest but failed to convert in key situations each time. It looked as though the opportunity was going to come in the fourth after narrowing the score to a one-possession game on a 5-yard touchdown pass from Seth Blanton to Austin Lewis. However, the Bulldogs weren’t allowing that to happen.
With Friday’s win, Addison moves to 7-2 on the year, as they prepare to host Berry for the first round of the Class 1A playoffs next week.
“The biggest thing heading into next week is the team we’re playing,” Smothers said. “There were a few times tonight we got up field on a pass rush and their quarterback just ran right up the middle, and next week, Berry has a kid that is unbelievably fast, so I’m glad it happened tonight so we can see that we’ve got to work on it. Our kids are hustling. They’re just not finding the ball soon enough.”
Robinson led the Addison offense with 90 yards and the two touchdowns on 13 carries. Addison finished the game with 240 yards of offense.
Winston County (5-5), which opens the playoffs at Madison Academy next week, totaled 252 yards of offense in the loss.