Curry rally falls short in loss to Addison

By JEFFERY WINBORNE, Eagle Sports Correspondent
Posted 8/25/18

CURRY — Addison survived a fourth-quarter surge by Curry on the opening night of the season, beating the Yellow Jackets 20-12 at Hudson-O’Rear Stadium Friday night.

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Curry rally falls short in loss to Addison


CURRY — Addison survived a fourth-quarter surge by Curry on the opening night of the season, beating the Yellow Jackets 20-12 at Hudson-O’Rear Stadium Friday night.

The Bulldogs led the game in the fourth quarter with a 20-0 lead, but a 56-yard touchdown pass by Luke Smith followed by an onside kick and a 10-yard touchdown run by Colton Burton made it a two-score game with only 3:59 remaining. But on the two possessions that followed for the Jackets, Curry failed to get back into the endzone allowing Addison to leave with the victory.

“We just got sloppy. I don’t know if we got tired, maybe got complacent with a 20-0 lead,” Addison head coach David Smothers said of his team giving up the two late scores.

Each team traded punts to start the game after going three-and-out. Addison took over again just two minutes into the first quarter and the Yellow Jackets’ offense would not see the field again until the second quarter as Addison chewed through the game clock.

The Bulldogs started the drive at their own 40 and methodically marched down the field. Westin Smith capped off the 13-play drive by punching into the endzone from a yard out. Zayne Guthrie ran in the two-point conversion to put Addison up 8-0.

Addison kicked a high pooch kick and Colton Chambers recovered the ball for the ‘Dogs. On 4th and 4 at the Curry 39-yard line, Chambers faked the punt and threw underhanded to Guthrie for 15 yards and the first down. On the very next play Curry intercepted Guthrie’s pass attempt. The play nearly ended in disaster when the return was fumbled, but Curry recovered their own fumble at the 30-yard line.

On 4th and 19, Michael Kuriger gained 14 yards on the ground but failed to gain the first down.

Addison’s offense went back onto the field with 3:02 remaining in the half. After two short gains and a false start, Smith busted through for a 72-yard touchdown run to give the Bulldogs a 14-0 lead at the half.

Weston Smith led his team in rushing with 96 yards and two touchdowns.

Coach Smothers came into the season with questions at running back, and those questions are still unanswered despite the success against Curry on the ground.

“The kid that had the big runs tonight, he’s the backup fullback, so I’ve got to fullbacks,” Smothers said. “I was hoping, because both of them are pretty good, I was hoping that they could alternate at fullback and we could develop a tailback but right now it’s still in the dark.”

Addison took over after a scoreless third quarter and again chewed up 13 minutes of game clock before Guthrie ran in his only score of the night to go up 20-0.

With less than five minutes remaining, Curry’s offense came to life. Colt Aaron went deep down the right side when the defender lost the ball in coverage. Aaron caught the pass from Luke Smith and sprinted down the sideline for a 56-yard touchdown to put Curry on the board. Parker Aaron recovered the onside kick and a personal foul on Addison gave the Jackets possession at the Bulldogs’ 25-yard line.

Three plays later Colton Burton ran in from 10-yards out to make it a one-score game.

“The touchdown that broke our back was the first one. We had the perfect call. They threw the pass that we set them up to throw and the (defensive back) just got turned around and he didn’t make the play on it. It kind of game the a lift (with momentum).”

Addison would go three-and-out, giving Curry an opportunity to tie the game. But on 4th and 5, Smith hit Kuriger in the numbers but he failed to make the catch.

Another three-and-out by Addison gave Curry possession one last time, but Jake Wilson sacked Smith on the final play of the game to seal the win for Addison.

Despite the win to start things off, Smothers is looking for vast improvement from his team heading into Week 2. “We are not even close to be where we need to be to play next week’s game, not even close. Piedmont is an animal, I’m telling you.”

Addison will look to go 2-0 when they open up their home schedule next week as Piedmont comes to town. Curry is home again next week as they host the Oakman Wildcats.