ADDISON - The Addison Bulldogs used a strong second half to capture their first region win of the season with a 26-6 victory over Sheffield High School on Friday night. The win for the hosting Bulldogs was crucial after dropping their first regional contest of the year 16-10 to Red Bay a week earlier.
The game opened with a scoreless first quarter, but a solo score from Addison half way through the second frame gave them a 6-0 lead they would carry into the half. The Dawgs' score came at the 6:13 mark of the quarter when Weston Smith crossed the line from four-yards out.
Sheffield threatened to even the score before the halftime whistle, but a strong defensive effort from Addison stopped the visiting Bulldogs from getting on the board.
Addison added another score in the third quarter when Smith bulldozed his way across the goal line from two-yards out. The hosting Bulldogs were again no good on the two-point try, leaving the score at 12-0 with 43 seconds left in the period.
Special team plays made the biggest difference in the ballgame. After scoring, Addison used a perfectly placed squib / onside kick to catch the visiting Bulldogs off guard and regain possession of the ball on the Sheffield 35. Addison took advantage of the short field and found the end zone on a 31-yard dash from Dayton Roberts a few snaps into the drive. Roberts connected with Brody Dollar for the two-point conversion, making the score 20-0 with 9:30 left in the game.
Addison used another perfectly placed kick to quickly regain possession of the ball on the Sheffield 40. The hosting Bulldogs burned nearly four minutes off the clock as they marched down the field. Caleb Crider capped the drive with 9-yard carry around the left side. Addison was again no good on the two-point try, rounding out the Bulldogs' scoring for the night as the scoreboard read 26-0.
Sheffield posted their only score of the night on their ensuing drive. After finally recovering a kickoff, the visiting Bulldogs had the ball on their own 40. The score came just five snaps into the drive when Khori Bowling connected with a wide open Anthony Cherry for a 30-yard TD reception. Addison stopped the two-point conversion, rounding out the scoring for the night at 26-6.
With the win, Addison improves to 3-2 on the season and 1-1 in region play. This week, the Bulldogs will travel to Vinemont High School for a non-regional matchup against the Eagles (2-2).
The loss drops Sheffield to 3-2 on the year and 2-1 in region play.
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