After eliminating the Bulldogs from the playoffs last season, Addison had revenge on its mind Friday.
The Berry Wildcats didn’t seem to care as they swept through Addison, stealing a 28-8 victory to eliminate the Bulldogs from the playoffs.
Addison had no answer for Berry’s Terrance “Tank” Hollingsworth, who racked up over 250 all purpose yards to lead Berry to the victory in the first round of the playoffs.
"I hate for it to end," Addison coach David Smothers said after the game. "They just made more big plays than us and a few mistakes on our part really hurt. You can't make mistakes against a good team like that."
Early in the game, the Addison coaching staff had plenty of reasons to feel confident. On the game’s opening drive the Addison defense was able to force a turnover on downs at their own 41-yard line. The offense drove deep into Wildcat territory when Hollingsworth struck for the first time, intercepting a John Everett pass and returning it over 70 yards for the score. A quick pass from Maken Potter to JC Finch to convert the two-point attempt gave Berry an 8-0 lead with 6:03 remaining in the first quarter.
The Bulldogs were able to answer, forcing another turn over on downs off a huge quarterback sack by Briley Chandler. Dropping Potter for the loss helped turn the momentum back to Addison's favor.
They would ride that wave into the end zone.
The touchdown came on a 5-yard run by Jake Woods with just 1:42 left in the first half. The score capped a 16-play, 89-yard drive that ate up much of the second quarter. The two-point conversion tied the game 8-8.
Then began the big plays and Addison’s mistakes.
On a 4th-and-9 with only 16 seconds remaining in the half, Potter connected with Weston Bonner for a 36-yard gain, setting up an improbable first and goal.
"That was a huge play," Coach Smothers said. "We had him double covered and our guy even tipped the ball, but he still made the catch."
The spectacular diving catch off the deflection was the turning point in the game. After a timeout, Potter found Hollingsworth for his second score to take a 14-8 lead. Hollingsworth then added the two-point conversion for a 16-8 Berry lead at halftime.
Halftime is always a chance for a turnaround and Addison did everything in their power to take advantage of that fact. The opening drive of the second half was taken by the Bulldogs into Berry territory, but then the mistakes began. Two quick penalties backed up the offense and forced them to punt.
Berry took the ball and did not look back.
The ensuing drive was a 16-play, 76-yard masterpiece that included two fourth-down conversions. Potter scored the touchdown on a quarterback sneak from just over a yard away to cap the drive and give Berry a 22-8 lead.
But the Wildcats (7-4) weren't through yet. On their first possession of the fourth quarter Hollingsworth struck again. This time Hollingsworth scored on a spectacular 77-yard touchdown run. The touchdown run effectively ended the game, sealing the final score in at 28-8.
The Bulldogs were led offensively by Wade who had 47 yards on nine carries with one touchdown. Seth Robinson also added 45 yard on 13 carries for Addison.
Everett was 6 for 11 passing for the Bulldogs for 120 yards, but was sacked five times in addition to giving up the pick six.
Berry was led into the second round of the playoffs behind 25 carries for 166 yards and one touchdown on the ground by Hollingsworth. He also had four receptions for 20 yards and a touchdown. Potter added 23 yards rushing and a touchdown. He was also 11 for 14 passing for 142 yards and another touchdown.
Addison concludes their first season under David Smothers with an 8-3 record, while Berry will advance to the second round of the state playoffs.