While the Addison head coach didn't elaborate much on the changes, whatever it was seemed to be working to perfection Friday night, as the Bulldog defense forced five turnovers resulting in 33 unanswered points on their way to a 42-3 win over Shades Mountain Christian.
"We were able to capitalize on several mistakes by them, and that's what a good team will do," Smothers said. "I was pleased with the outcome of the game. I think our defense has gotten much better. I was very pleased with them, and very pleased with the quarterbacks, and my offensive line. I'm just tickled with the outcome."
After a 1-yard touchdown run by Jed Crossto put Addison on the board early in the first quarter, Shades Mountain Christian quarterback Mikey Rogers was hit from the backside on their next possession by Bulldogs sophomore John Everett, knocking the ball loose.
Everett's teammate Kurtis Robinson scooped it up at the Eagles 17-yard line and ran it in for the touchdown. Two plays later after the ensuing kick-off Addison picked off Rogers' pass at Shades Mountain's own 30, setting up the 3-yard touchdown run by Jessie Seals, to give the Bulldogs a 19-0 lead.
After a relatively quite second quarter for Addison, Smothers offered a challenge to his players before taking the field for the second half of play.
"I felt like there were a few times we had some big breaks, or the opportunity at big plays, and we didn't make them," Smothers said. " Our motto is finish strong, stronger than you start. There were multiple times that we weren't finishing drives, we weren't finishing blocks. So I just challenged them about finishing and taking advantage of what the other team gives us."
It was obvious Smothers players took that to heart.
After a missed field goal opportunity at the beginning of the third, Addison was credited with a safety after a punt sailed over the Shades Mountain Christian punter's head and into the end zone.
The bad luck kept coming for the Eagles. Driving in Addison territory, Everett picked off another Rogers' pass, that later resulted in a Landon Robinson 3-yard touchdown for the Bulldogs.
Addison drove the nail into the coffin with 8:16 remaining in the game, on a block punt at the five that was taken in by Everett.
Shade Mountain Christian's only score of the game came late in the second on a 26 yard field goal by Dustin Clements.
The win improved Addison to 2-2 on the season. They travel to Appalachian for a mid-season matchup.