GAME OF THE WEEK: Hanceville Versus Addison
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With both teams on the field for warm-ups, this Cullman Today GAME OF THE WEEK had all the requisite ingredients for an outstanding night of high school football.
The atmosphere at A.G. Hicks Stadium contained the perfect combination: temperatures in mid 70’s, a refreshing west breeze, thick charcoal grill smoke coming from just outside the press box, Journey on the PA system …
Both coaches were upbeat and felt they had their clubs prepared and ready to go for this Week 2 contest between the Class 1A powerhouse, 6th ranked Addison Bulldogs and the resurgent Hanceville Bulldogs.
Coach Craig Flanigan:
Coach David Smothers:
For the first few plays of the 1st quarter, this appeared to be a competitive contest.
Hanceville received the opening kick-off. The Bulldogs looked like a well-oiled piece of human machinery on offense – for the first three plays. They moved up the field easily until Hanceville’s fleet Senior wide receiver Brendan Flanigan (5) was stripped of the ball near midfield.
In no time, Addison scored a touchdown on the strength of two substantial Ben Robinson runs. The 2-point point after touchdown (PAT) was no good.
At this early stage of the 1st quarter, the rout was just beginning.
The Addison Bulldogs lit up the scoreboard on three of the next four possessions.
In simple terms, the ADDISON Bulldogs squatted in the HANCEVILLE Bulldogs end of the field for the bulk of the 1st quarter. Their ground game appeared unstoppable against a porous Hanceville defense.
Ben Robinson (32) – who looked not only like the best player on the field but the best player in Winston County – was the ring leader of the devasting ground attack. (Robinson finished the game with over 200 yards and five touchdowns).
Robinson is our runaway winner of the Cullman Today OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE DAME AWARD.
On the last play of the 1st quarter, Addison’s defense delivered a dagger picking off a Hanceville pass returning it to the 2-yard line. Another Addison touchdown appeared imminent to start the second quarter.
Addison quickly punched the ball in for six after that interception to start the 2nd quarter.
Hanceville showed some serious fight and potentiality by taking the kickoff down the field using a series of smartly called, tightly executed plays. Then, they fumbled the ball away into the Addison end zone where the home team recovered to preserve the shut out bid. This turnover was emblematic of the DAWGS inability to secure the rock throughout the game.
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Hanceville managed some first downs and offensive clock management in the second frame. That kept Addison’s scoring opportunities to a minimum.
The first half ended with Addison (26) well ahead of Hanceville (0) with a shutout in the making.
With all due respect to the football programs, the Marching Bands from each school may well have been the highlight of the evening based on their halftime performances:
Hanceville Marching Band:
Addison Marching Band:
A rousing Craig Flanigan halftime pep talk and an Addison blocked punt finally got Hanceville on the scoreboard with a touchdown and missed PAT. This short flurry of positive activity came after junior quarterback Alex Campbell (19) drifted in a 2-yard scoring pass to senior wide receiver Owen Harper (22). Defensive ace and outside linebacker Romael Simmons (22) was the responsible party on the blocked a punt.
At this point, there was a murmur of hope on the Hanceville sideline trailing 6-26.
That was as good as it got for Hanceville. On the very next Addison possession, Robinson opened the drive with a freakishly impressive 57-yard jaunt. Soon after that, he made it 34-6 on a two-yard run.
Addison tacked on a final touchdown at the middle point of the 4th quarter to log a 40-6 final score.
We should give our Cullman Today DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME award to the entire Addison defense. However, since we have to select one individual, this honor is going to cunning Senior cornerback Tyler Borden (17) for his consistent, if not lockdown, performance throughout the contest.
In Week 3, the Addison squad will travel to the Southeastern Mustangs in Remlap. Hanceville will be back in the friendly confines of Ray Talley Stadium as they host the potent Fultondale Wildcats.
Both of these games will be region openers for these respective Bulldog teams.
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A.G. Hicks Stadium on the campus of Addison High School