Class 1A football: Sumiton Christian loses OT thriller; Addison rolls
by Buddy Sparkman
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SUMITON — Sumiton Christian and Collinsville came down to the last play of the game Friday night.

And Collinsville stayed perfect, as the Panthers pulled out a thrilling 33-32 overtime win.

Both teams took turns exchanging possessions in the first quarter.

The Eagles’ first possession went for 10 plays but no points as the Panther defense stiffened and took over on downs.

Collinsville was its own worst enemy in the first quarter, losing fumbles on its first two possessions.

Sumiton Christian could not take advantage of the breaks and went 3 and out on its next three possessions. The only score of the half came as Collinsville took over at its own 27 yard line and drove the ball 73 yards in 6 plays for the score as quarterback Tanner Nelson connected with Jordan Leath from 30 yards out. The PAT was good giving the Panthers the lead heading to the locker room.

The second half would prove to be a shoot out. Collinsville fumbled its first possession of the 3rd quarter, but again the Eagles couldn't take advantage and gave the ball over on downs. It took the Panthers only 4 plays to go 69 yards as Jalyn Martin scored in a 14 yard run to extend the lead to 14-0.

On the night Martin finished with 203 yards rushing. Sumiton Christian then went on a scoring spree as Collinsville continued to commit turnovers.

The Eagles converted a Panther fumble into a five play 58 yard drive as Josh Yates found Tristan Alexander for a 25 yard strike.

Kevin Gu kicked it to 14-7 in favor of the visitors.

The Eagles scored 22 seconds later after the fifth Panther fumble and took one play to score as Yates hit a wide open Demonte Hobbs from 25 yards out. Gu again was good tying the score at 14-14 with 6:28 left in the third quarter.

Following a Panther punt on its next set of down, it was a 1 play drive for the Eagles as Yates hit Hobbs again, this time on a 75 yard pass play. The PAT failed and the Eagles led 20-14. It then took Collinsville one snap to get even as Nelson again hooked up with Leath on a 94 yard strike to pay dirt. A wet football couldn't be handled on the PAT and the scoreboard read 20-20 headed to the final quarter.

Sumiton Christian (2-2, 2-1) drove the ball 80 yards in 7 plays with Yates throwing his fourth TD pass of the night to Matt McGough for a 26-20 lead. Collinsville was driving for a possible winning score, but Hobbs intercepted a Panther pass in the end zone and returned it to the 8 to thwart the hopes of a comeback.

Needing only to take a knee and run out the clock, the Eagles opted to run a quarterback keeper instead. On the play Yates was stripped of the ball and McElrath rumbled in for the tying score, forcing overtime.

Sumiton Christian scored first in overtime as Yates scored on a 10-yard run. This time the missed point after would prove fatal as the  Eagles led 32-26. In the second play of it OT possession, Martin sliced through the middle of the Eagle defense for 14 yards to tie the score.

This time however the kick was good and the Panthers (4-0, 3-0) headed home victors after a hard earned win.

For the night Josh Yates accounted for 221 yards of offense for the Eagles while Tanner Nelson racked up 252 for the winners. Demonte Hobbs has 127 receiving yard and Caleb Dollar 77 yards rushing for the Eagles. Sumiton Christian travels to Falkville next Friday night .

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Addison 43, Shades Mountain Christian 7

No. 4 Addison picked up its second lopsided win in as many weeks with the Bulldogs earning a 43-7 road win over the Eagles.

Addison rushed for five first-half touchdowns as the Bulldogs took a 36-0 lead.

Dillon Jarrett got Addison started with a six-yard touchdown run at the 4:47 mark of the first quarter for an 8-0 lead. John Everett, playing his first game of the season, scored on a 20-yard run to push the lead to 14-0.

Addison (4-0, 3-0) got two touchdowns from both Jarrett and Everett. Kyle Denson and Nailer added scores for the Bulldogs.

Addison plays a key region game at Appalachian next week.