Lynn upsets No. 5 Addison

Bears move to 5-0 for first time since 2011

By BARRY BARNETT, Eagle Sports Correspondent
Posted 9/22/17

LYNN — In a game that certainly proved worthy of a clash of undefeated teams, the Lynn Bears rallied to beat the fifth-ranked Addison Bulldogs 21-18 Friday night at Lynn.

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Lynn upsets No. 5 Addison

Bears move to 5-0 for first time since 2011

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LYNN — In a game that certainly proved worthy of a clash of undefeated teams, the Lynn Bears rallied to beat the fifth-ranked Addison Bulldogs 21-18 Friday night at Lynn.

Lynn improved to 5-0 for the first time since 2011, and took a big step toward a playoff berth, improving to 3-0 in Class 1A, Region 7 play.

"No one should feel they didn’t get their money’s worth tonight," Lynn head coach Calvin Aldridge said after the game. "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."

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 over 11 minutes. Addison’s defense also refused to break, however, as Tyler Borden intercepted the first pass of the drive on 3rd and 13.

The Bulldogs finally reached the end zone seven plays later, as Borden blasted up the middle for a 20-yard score, which gave Addison a 6-0 lead at the half.

Lynn took its 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 extra point put Lynn on top 7-6. Addison came right back, with Zayne Guthrie’s 2-yard touchdown that put the Bulldogs ahead 12-7 with 10 minutes left.

With just over five 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 the short kickoff at the 47. Five plays later the Bears 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 4th and 15 play featuring multiple improvised laterals. Guthrie scored on the next play for Addison with 30 seconds left to narrow the lead to 21-18, but the ensuing onside kick was recovered by the Bears.

Both teams step out of region competition next week, as Lynn travels to Tharptown and Addison visits Vinemont.