Addison heads to South Lamar for quarterfinal matchup

By JOHNATHAN BENTLEY, Eagle Sports Editor
Posted 11/23/17

Addison has already blown through the first two rounds of the Class 1A state playoffs.

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Addison heads to South Lamar for quarterfinal matchup

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Addison has already blown through the first two rounds of the Class 1A state playoffs.

The next stop for the Bulldogs is Millport as Addison makes the trip to South Lamar for tonight's state quarterfinal game at J.C. McAdams Field.

Addison has dominated its first two postseason games, routing Hubbertville (45-13) and Hackleburg (41-16).

In last week's road win over the Panthers, Addison held a slim 14-8 halftime lead before putting the game away with three touchdowns and a safety in a six-minute span to turn a six-point lead into a 35-8 advantage early in the fourth quarter.

Quarterback Zayne Guthrie had a hand in four touchdowns in the win, rushing 10 times for 69 yards and three scores, and completing a 59-yard touchdown strike to Logan Wilkins, on his only pass attempt of the night.

Tyler Borden led the Addison rushing attack with 99 yards on 20 carries. Ben Robinson added 16 carries for 61 yards and a score.

Addison had two players crack the 1,000-yard mark against the Panthers. Guthrie has now rushed 131 times for 1,007 yards and 15 touchdowns while Borden has 1,093 yards and 15 touchdowns on 163 carries. Robinson, who has missed five games, has another 756 yards and 11 touchdowns on 82 carries.

Guthrie has also completed 41 of 77 passes for 680 yards with nine touchdowns and four interceptions. Wilkins is Addison's top receiver with 22 receptions for 423 yards and six touchdowns.

While Addison (10-2) was having its way with Hackleburg last week, South Lamar (9-3) was involved with a down-to-the-wire battle with Cedar Bluff in their second-round game. The teams were locked in a 14-14 tie at the half. The Stallions pulled ahead with seven minutes remaining in the game and made a goal-line stand in the closing moments to preserve a 21-14 win.

With the win, South Lamar earned a spot in the state quarterfinals for the first time since 2008.

The Stallions lost two of their last three regular-season games, but have advanced through the playoffs with a pair of narrow wins. South Lamar edged Decatur Heritage 40-39 in the first round before sneaking past Cedar Bluff last week.

Tonight's Addison-South Lamar winner plays the Pickens County-Cherokee winner in the semifinals next week.