No. 4 Addison drills Sumiton Christian
by W. Brian Hale
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ADDISON — The No. 4 Addison Bulldogs provided plenty of big plays on both offense and defense on Friday night to remain undefeated in Class 1A, Region 6 play — defeating the Sumiton Christian Eagles 56-12 at A.G. Hicks Stadium in Addison.

Addison’s offense rolled up 480 total yards, including 305 yards on the ground. The Bulldogs also showed their capability to make plays through the air, with quarterback John Everett connecting on seven of eight passes for 175 yards and two touchdowns. Kaleb Estill was his favorite target on the night, hauling in three passes for 91 yards and a touchdown. Dillion Jarrett led the Addison rushers with 87 yards on nine carries with two touchdowns.

The Bulldogs’ defense, however, proved to be just as dominant in the contest — holding the Eagles to 224 total yards. Senior linebacker Franky Melson led the defense with 12 tackles and four tackles for a loss. As a team, Addison defense had an unprecedented night, recording eight sacks and 18 tackles for a loss.

Sophomore quarterback Joshua Yates had an excellent night under center for the Eagles, completing 18 of 27 passes for 173 yards to lead his offense. Camron Mercer caught five passes for 65 yards to lead the Sumiton Christian’s receiving corps. Trace Busby led the defense with seven tackles.

Addison scored on the initial drive of the game on a four-play, 73-yard drive, with Melson taking the ball into the endzone on a 14-yard run, giving the Bulldogs an 8-0 lead after the two-point conversion.

On the following series, Addison’s Kurtis Robinson blocked an Eagle punt — setting the ball up at the Sumiton Christian 30-yard line. One play later, Everett found Estill for the 30-yard touchdown strike, extending the lead to 14-0 for the Bulldogs after the missed conversion.

The Bulldogs’ defense held the Eagles on downs on the ensuing possession, leading to the Addison offense to top a 62-yard drive with Everett connecting with Robinson on a 33-yard touchdown strike After the successful two point conversion, the Bulldogs pulled further ahead, 22-0.

On the first series of the second quarter, Addison drove 60 yards on five plays, with Jarrett scoring on a 20-yard run. With the two-point conversion, Addison remained in command, 30-0 going into halftime.

The Eagles were forced to punt to begin the second half, giving the Bulldogs another opportunity to add to their lead. The result was a five-play, 65-yard drive, capped by a 25-yard scoring run by Kolby Kirk that gave Addison the 36-0 edge after the missed conversion.

Sumiton Christian got on the scoreboard late in the quarter following an eight-play, 77-yard drive. The Eagles’ Michael Steadman recovered a fumble in the Addison endzone to help Sumiton Christian cut the lead to 36-6 following the unsuccessful two-point conversion.

Addison answered the score on the kickoff, with Kirk returning the kick 94 yards for a touchdown, moving the Bulldogs further ahead, 43-6 at the end of the third quarter.

The Bulldog defense once again held the Eagles on downs on the initial possession of the fourth quarter, then scored on a 67-yard run by Taylor Wilson to go up 49-6.

Sumiton Christian’s defense would add a score midway through the quarter, with Joseph Thompson recovering an Addison fumble an returning it 74 yards for the touchdown. The Bulldogs still remained on top, 49-12.

The Bulldogs added a final score in the last two minutes of the game following a 35-yard run by Jarrett, helping Addison clinch the 56-12 victory.

Addison (7-0, 6-0) travels to No. 6 Falkville next week in a clash that will decide the region championship. Sumiton Christian (2-4, 2-3) hosts defending region champion Ragland.