Sportspage Game of the Week
At A.G. Hicks Stadium - Addison:
Vinemont 0 0 6 6 - 12 (2-3)
Addison 16 8 6 8 - 38 (5-1)
Add - William Guthrie 9 run (Caleb Crider run) 6:14 in 1st
Add - Guthrie 30 pass to Colton Chambers (Guthrie pass to Gage Gilliand) 0:03 in 1st
Add - Chambers 6 pass to Guthrie (Guthrie pass to Chambers) 0:05 in 2nd
Add - Nicholas Rice 54 run (run failed) 11:33 in 3rd
VM - Jack Hill 23 pass to Dustin Moore (run failed) 9:39 in 3rd
Add - Guthrie 18 run (Guthrie pass to Gilliland) 8:10 in 4th
VM - Dallan Dinkle 1 run (pass failed) 6:54 in 4th
FLASH NOTES: An emotional homecoming as Addison recognized tackle Will Gunnin. Gunnin lost his life in an auto accident three days right after the Bulldogs were eliminated by Pickens County in the 2016 AHSAA semifinals.
His grandparents wore his white jersey during the pregame ceremony. His blue jersey (No. 79) was taken out on the field with the Addison seniors during the coin toss.
Looking to get back at Vinemont after the Eagles upset the Bulldogs a year ago on a last second game winner, Addison got a 36-yard punt return by Guthrie that set the Bulldogs up at the Vinemont 28 on their first series of the game.
They marched to the end zone, the put together a 78-yard series that ended on a 30-yard strike by Guthrie to Chambers in the left corner of the end zone. Addison led 16-0 after the first and had outgained Vinemont in total yards 112 to three.
Starting the second period with possession at its 37, Vinemont took the ball downfield behind pass completions of 10 and 16 yards to Cameron Carter and a running game that netted 31 yards in the series.
But the Eagles failed to score when Hill over threw Moore in the left corner of the end zone.
Addison took over from its 10 and would use 17 plays to cover 90 yards and over 6:00 in time that sent them to the locker room leading 24-0.
Guthrie accounted for 26 yards rushing on five tries with Rice having runs of 30 and 23 yards that got the ball going downfield.
The Bulldogs faked a field goal try from the Vinemont 12, with Chambers finding Guthrie open in the left side of the end zone. The conversion was good as Addison had 203 yards at the break, holding Vinemont to 60 yards (30 rush, 30 pass) and frustrated.
After Rice scored on a 54-yard dash to start the third quarter, Vinemont answered with a 60-yard TD series as Moore tight roped the right sidelines for a 23-yard score.
The Eagles recovered an onside kick at the Addison 49 and took the ball to the Bulldogs' three when they were denied a score as Hill mishandled a handoff and fumbled. Addison took over, but gave the ball back to Vinemont when Hudson Wood recovered on the Bulldogs' 35.
Another good series unfortunately failed to produce points. Hill under threw a receiver with Gilliland intercepting and returning the ball 87 yards down to the Vinemont three.
Addison was unable to take the turnover and add to its side of the scoreboard..
Vinemont's next two drives resulted in turning it on downs to Addison at the 50 as the third quarter ended. Then Hill was intercepted by Chambers in the fourth, setting up the last Addison TD from the Vinemont 18. Guthrie ran it in on the next play and the Bulldogs were in command at 38-6.
A 30-yard kickoff return from Teague Whatley, plus a 15-yard personal foul by Addison gave Vinemont the ball at the Addison 22. Dalton Whitehead ran 18 yards to the four, then three yards to the one as Dinkle finished the drive from a yard out.
Hill had a big third quarter throwing the ball for Vinemont, accounting for 170 yards on nine completions. His longest pass was 44 yards to Moore, who had six catches in the period for 151 yards.
Vinemont amassed 200 yards offense in the second half to 149 for Addison. But the mistakes they had in turnovers and giving up the ball on downs, kept them from having at least three touchdowns to the two they scored.
Addison would finish with 352 yards total offense, 233 yards by the ground, 119 passing, 15 first downs.
During their 4-game winning streak, the No. 9 squad in the 2A state poll has outscored the opposition 170-49. The Bulldogs are averaging 42 points in this span, giving up 12 a game.
Vinemont is now 0-7 in road games under coach Stephen Robinson.
Up next for Vinemont: Vs. Fultondale Friday 7:00
Up next for Addison: At Colbert County Friday 7:00
Photo of Will Gunnin family during pregame cermony Friday in Addison.
Sportspage photo by Johnny Thornton
At Tidwell Gymnasium - Arley:
Addison 25 25 25
Meek 20 14 22
Addison (15-2) wins match 3-0
Time of match: 1:07
FLASH NOTES: This was the first time these two rivals saw one another on the volleyball court at the same time since November 2 of last year when they played for the 1A state championship in Birmingham.
Both teams have gone through personnel changes from 2017, but both put together three competitive sets as Addison, the No. 1 team from 2A, topped Meek, the 5th rated squad in 1A. This is the only regular season meeting between the two.
Fourteen times in the opening set, the game was tied. The last time was 20-20 as Jesse Woodard for Meek scored on a serve.
A kill by Addison's Telsa Alvis broke the deadlock and put the Lady Bulldogs ahead to stay.
Alvis would come up with four consecutive kills during serves by Destiny Walker that gave Kayla Woodard's squad the early advantage in the match.
Addison had things well in hand in the second set, getting service points by Walker and Alvis, raising the lead to 18-9.
With Meek trying to make it a contest, getting the margin slimmed to 22-14 on a volley by Abby Phillips, Addison then finished the second set on a block by Callie Crider and service points by Macey Butler, with the finale being an ace.
In the third game, Addison and Meek swapped the lead on the scoreboard often in the early moments. Addison led 6-5 when Meek served a ball out of bounds.
Alvis got consecutive kills and the score was at 11-7. Breathing room on the lead was created by Sarah Parris with three straight service points and a 17-11 edge.
It was time for Dana Stewart's Lady Tigers to respond. They did on seven straight points at the service line by LaKota Aiden and went in front 19-18. But Aiden then served it too long and the score was tied, with the set now in critical moments.
Phillips converted a kill for Meek, making it 20-20. An error at the net gave a point to Addison's side. Macey Butler netted two straight on serve, including an ace and the Lady Bulldogs were ahead 23-20.
Kalin Rivers broke the momentum with a kill for the home team, then a service point by Woodard had the Lady Tigers trailing 23-22.
Alvis was again a spark at the net. Alvis finished the night with 14 kills, her last giving Addison a 24-22 lead. A service winner by Walker concluded the match at 7:32 p.m. as Addison extended its winning streak to five straight and stopped Meek's four-game winning streak.
Up next for Addison: At Hartselle Invitational Saturday
Up next for Meek: At Donoho Invitational Saturday
Photo 1: Addison Lady Bulldogs during National Anthem Thursday at Meek H.S.
Photo 2: A jump serve by Addison's Destiny Walker in 1st set against Meek.
Photo 3: Meek coach Dana Stewart talks with Paiton Ory during a time out.
Photo 4: Addison coach Kayla Woodard in front of her bench vs. Meek Thursday night.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton