With the football season just three days away, the Bulldogs were going to hit the weights before heading out on the practice field.
In a flash, all of those plans — and the season — changed for the junior quarterback.
“We were getting ready to workout,” said Everett. “Somebody said my name and when I looked up, somebody had slung a dime across the room and it hit me in the eye. I hit the ground.”
“I walk in the door and John is on the floor,” Addison coach David Smothers said. “I didn’t know what was going on.”
Ever the warrior, Everett’s plan was to get through the pain and make it through practice.
“At first, I thought, well, I guess I will go to practice,” Everett said.
Instead, Addison head coach David Smothers made a call to Everett’s mother, who hurried her son to the doctor.
“She came up here and we went to the doctor. He said, ‘You need to go to the hospital.’ He thought I would have to have surgery, but I didn’t,” said Everett, who was unable to see out of his right eye for over an hour after the incident.
Due to the injury, Everett was forced to stay away from any football-related activity for more than three weeks.
“I just had to lie around and not do anything because there was a lot of pressure in my eye. I didn’t know it was going to be that bad,” he said.
Everett’s freak injury was just the start for Addison. The team also lost its second-string quarterback, Zac Anders, to a broken leg in Week 2. The Bulldogs got through Week 3 with both Taylor Wilson and Hunter Ray taking snaps.
Everett returned to the field against Shades Mountain Christian in Week 4, and immediately paid dividends, scoring a pair of rushing touchdowns.
“Being away from the team was more painful than the injury. It was great to get back,” Everett said.
On the season, Everett has rushed 41 times for 178 yards and completed 37-of-65 passes for 569 yards and another five touchdowns. In Addison’s 48-6 playoff win over Phillips-Bear Creek last week, Everett threw a pair of touchdown passes as the Bulldogs earned their first postseason win since 2010.
Since his return, the third-ranked Bulldogs have gone 6-1 heading into today’s second-round playoff game at No. 1 Pickens County (11-0).
Addison is led by its ground attack, which averages 271 yards rushing per game. Dillon Jarrett leads a balanced attack with 677 yards and 14 touchdowns on the ground while Taylor Wilson had 586 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Though Pickens County has won by an average of 34.6 points per game, Everett likes Addison’s chances to pull off the upset.
“We can’t turn the ball over and we have to be focused. I think we will win. I’m pretty confident about it,” Everett said.