Spring Garden hangs tough, falls at third-ranked Addison
By Rob Ketcham
ADDISON — The Addison Bulldogs are back in the Class 1A quarterfinals.
Iffy on defense before the break, Addison used a halftime adjustment to top Spring Garden 42-26 Friday night and reach the third round for the first time since 2010.
There, the No. 3 Bulldogs (12-0) will face their second ranked foe in a row. They’ll travel next week to No. 10 Hubbertville, which squeaked by Hackleburg 27-22.
Despite Friday’s final score, getting by Spring Garden (102) was no easy feat. The sixthranked Panthers led 18-14 and held a glaring 212-125 advantage in total yards at halftime.
Zayne Guthrie set the tone for Addison’s furious finish with a 44-yard touchdown run down the right sideline only three snaps into the third quarter. Then, with Spring Garden facing fourth and a long 1 on its ensuing possession, the cousin connection of Caleb Crider and Gage Gilliland ensured the momentum stayed firmly in the Bulldogs’ favor.
Crider lodged the ball loose on a wraparound tackle, allowing Gilliland to get his gloves on it and scoot 30 yards for a scoop-and-score.
The tide- turning TD put Addison up 28-18, a deficit Spring Garden ultimately wasn’t able to overcome.
The Panthers did pull to within 28-26 on an 11-yard touchdown throw from Ben Ivey to Hayden Short and Ivey’s 2-point toss to Dakota Lambert, but the Bulldogs wasted no time ballooning their cushion back out to two scores with a smooth 14yard TD on read option by Noah Rice and successful extra-point kick by Zeb Maze.
Maze’s own 14-yard touchdown run – which saw the senior truck a defender and then easily mosey into the end zone — later in the fourth quarter sealed the postseason victory.
Addison was perfect on all five fourth-down attempts, including three in the opening half. Maze capitalized on the first, where he dragged six defenders downfield for a 12-yard gain, with a 5-yard touchdown run. Rice had a hand in the second and third, following the latter – a 13-yard throw to Gilliland – with a 10-yard scoring strike to Logan Wilkins.
Maze finished the evening with 101 rushing yards and the two TDs on 17 carries, as well as a couple 2-point runs and a pair of extra points. Rice rushed 14 times for 93 yards and split two touchdowns between the ground and air.
Guthrie and Chandler Cookenmaster combined for 88 yards.
The Dawgs limited Lambert to just 38 rushing yards in the second half after he’d entered the locker room with 153, including a 64-yard touchdown.
Ivey was 7-of-12 passing for 89 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. He also scored once on the ground. Gaines Petty had Spring Garden’s other touchdown catch, a 12-yarder to give the Panthers an early 6-0 edge.