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.