Friday, September 1
A.G. Hicks Stadium - Addison
SERIES: Hanceville 6-3
LAST TIME: Addison defeated Hanceville 46-20 in 2016
LAST WEEK: Hanceville defeated Cold Springs 36-20
Addison defeated Elkmont 40-20
COACH: Craig Flanigan (2nd year)
FLASH NOTES: For the second straight season, the two Bulldogs enter the battle 1-0.
Hanceville used good field position in the 4th quarter, solid running from Romeal Simmons and R.J. Evans, plus a 45-yard kickoff return by Brendan Flanigan to break a 20-20 deadlock with pesky Cold Springs.
Simmons rushed for 166 yards, Evans 133 with both scoring two touchdowns. Flanigan had a 90-yard kickoff return in the third quarter that sent the Bulldogs back on top of the Eagles 20-14.
Addison maintains its No. 6 ranking in Class 1A after overcoming mistakes last Friday in Limestone County. The Bulldogs grabbed a 16-14 advantage at the half and struck for three touchdowns in the second half, outscoring Elkmont 24-6.
David Smothers' team is run oriented, but plan to pass the ball around more this season than last. Ben Robinson is back to anchor the running game. William Guthrie is now the QB after Noah Rice graduated.
A key target in throwing the ball will be Logan Wilkins, plus Gage Gilliland.
Hicks Stadium will be emotional Friday night for this being the first home game at Addison after the Bulldogs' lost tackle Will Gunnin last November to an auto accident, four days following the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
The young man was up and coming as far as his play in the line of scrimmage. His spirit is still strong with Addison currently at an 11-game regular season winning streak.
Smothers is in his 6th season at his alma mater, leading Addison to 42 wins in 58 games, 38-11 in regular season play. The Bulldogs were 13-1 in 2016, coming up one game short of making it to the AHSAA State Championship game at Auburn University.
At Ray Talley Stadium - Hanceville
Sportspage Game of the Week
Cold Springs 0 7 7 6 - 20
Hanceville 0 12 8 16 - 36
HV - Romeal Simmons 1 run (pass failed) 11:49 in 2nd
HV - R.J. Evans 26 run (pass failed) 4:56 in 2nd
CS - Brodie Williams 16 pass to Mason Harris (Adam Hill kick) 0:22 in 2ndCS - Caleb Roden 3 run (Hill kick) 6:24 in 3rd
HV - Brendan Flanigan 90 kickoff return (Alex Campbell pass to Flanigan) 6:07 in 3rd
CS - Jordan Lacey 87 pass to Harris (kick failed) 11:44 in 4th
HV - Evans 25 run (Campbell run) 10:25 in 4th
HV - Simmons 31 run (Campbell pass to Owen Harper) 6:50 in 4th
FLASH NOTES: Special teams determined the outcome of an extreme competitive opener between the Bulldogs and Eagles on a humid Friday evening in Hanceville. A 45-yard return by Flanigan after the Cold Springs TD that tied the game at 20-20, gave Hanceville great field position at the Eagles' 45 yard line. They would score moments later and never trail for the rest of the contest.
A bad snap on a punt attempt by Kevin Brakefield was only for 12 yards with the Bulldogs setting up at the Cold Springs 40. Shortly after, Simmons went to the end zone and gave the Bulldogs breathing room to claim victory against the Eagles in back to back season openers.
Simmons would enjoy a great night with 166 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Evans was spectacular too, rushing for 133 yards and finding the end zone twice.
Flanigan's two kickoff returns in the second half was for 135 yards, one going for a score and the other setting up a TD drive.
With a new backfield for coach Rod Elliott, Cold Springs overcame a rough first quarter on offense, by gaining 63 yards through the air in the second period, driving 70 yards in four and a half minutes before time ran out in the half.
Harris caught a pass from Williams on fourth and goal and weaved his way to the end zone. That gave the Eagles momentum at halftime as they opened the third quarter with a 71-yard drive that put them in front for the first time.
Harris had a 20-yard reception to set up the score, plus good running by Roden and Austin Lively. Lively ran for 34 yards in the third with Roden netting 12. The Eagles had minus one yard on the ground going into intermission.
The 87-yard strike from Lacey to Harris completed a 90-yard drive after the defense stopped the Bulldogs on fourth down at the 10, coming up inches shy of maintaining possession.
But Hill missed the conversion. Then his kickoff was taken by Flanigan from the 10 and returned to the Cold Springs 45.
The Bulldogs would rush for 132 yards in the fourth quarter to the Eagles' three as field position and speed would serve in the direction for Hanceville to avoid defeat.
Hanceville had 19 first downs to seven for Cold Springs. The Bulldogs got penalized 10 times for 74 yards, the Eagles were flagged three for 30 yards.
UP NEXT: Hanceville @ Addison (September 1) (WKUL-FM)
Cold Springs vs. Berry (September 1)
Hanceville QB Alex Campbell gets pass protection vs. Cold Springs defense.
Sportspage photo by Johnny Thornton
Friday, August 25
Ray Talley Stadium - Hanceville
KICKOFF: 7:00 p.m.
SERIES: Hanceville 5-2
LAST TIME: Hanceville defeated Cold Springs 20-8 in 2016.
COACH: Craig Flanigan (2nd year)
CAREER RECORD: 3-7
FLASH NOTES: Hanceville meets Cold Springs at home for the first time since 2009. This is the first time both play in a season opener at legendary Ray Talley Stadium. Hanceville had one win there in 2016, against four losses.
Bulldogs are looking for improvement in 2017, with QB Alex Campbell, RB R.J. Evans, RB Romeal Simmons, WR Brendan Flanigan returning. These are key people for the Bulldogs in the skill positions on offense.
Flanigan is trying to be the first coach at Hanceville since Mark Smothers in 1997 & 1998 to win back to back season openers.
NEXT GAME: Hanceville @ Addison September 1 (WKUL-FM)
HANCEVILLE - As Craig Flanigan begins his second season coaching at Hanceville, the Bulldogs look to end a three-game losing skid when Cold Springs visits Ray Talley Stadium in the opener August 25.
Hanceville was 1-4 on the home turf last season when Flanigan took over the program, three weeks before kickoff.
The Bulldogs claimed a 28-22 victory over Vinemont for their only win in front of the home crowd.
With things much smoother as the 2017 season approaches, the Bulldogs roll out the welcome mat for their opponent from Southwest Cullman County for the first time since the 2009 season. Hanceville was a 32-0 winner that year with Danny Miller the coach for the purple and gold.
The Bulldogs are 3-0 vs. the Eagles at Talley Stadium. Flanigan's unit went to Cold Springs last season, fought off a storm and the Eagles for a 20-8 victory.
Hanceville played good football vs. the county a season ago, defeating Cold Springs, Vinemont and Good Hope, with the lone setback coming against Holly Pond. Holly Pond and Good Hope will come to Hanceville in 2017 where the Bulldogs are working hard at the present time to put together their first winning season since 2013 when they were 9-2 and champions of 3A, Region 7.
Hanceville's R.J. Evans trying to tackle Addison RB Ben Robinson in 2016 game.
Photo courtesy of the Cullman Times.