ADDISON BULLDOGS WANTING TO MAKE AN IMPACT IN RETURNING TO 2A FOOTBALL:
2013 SEASON: 9-2, 6-1 in 1A, Region 6:
2014: Bulldogs will compete in Class 2A, Region 6:
CLASS 2A, REGION 6 CONSISTS OF: Cold Springs, Falkville, Tanner, Southeastern, Sumition Christian, Tarrant.
COACH: David Smothers (16-5 @ AHS, 2 seasons)
DAY NINE OF FALL WORKOUTS: In a week, the Bulldogs begin the season that will be full of challenges. Defending 1A state champion Pickens County is first, followed by a renewal with the Vinemont Eagles,
Then going back into 2A, the Bulldogs host defending state champion Tanner. A week after meeting the Rattlers, the Bulldogs go to Burl Vest Stadium for a regional confrontation with Falkville.
Addison, Tanner and Falkville are preseason ranked in the Top 10 of Class 2A. The Bulldogs sit in at No. 7, the Rattlers are No. 1 and the Blue Devils come in 10th.
In their fifth game, Addison comes into Cullman County for a meeting with Hanceville. Hanceville has gone 26-4 in the regular season the last three years, the best in the county.
Combining Pickens Co (15-0), Tanner (13-1), Falkville (9-2) and Hanceville 's (9-2) record of a season ago, they were 46-5. An impressive record that coach David Smothers is excited about.
Addison spent Thursday on the practice field, beginning its game plan toward Pickens County. This was a team that stopped the Bulldogs in the second round of the postseason last year by the score of 38-22. Addison was ahead 16-15 at the half before the Tornadoes controlled the final two quarters of play.
The Bulldogs have just starters back, but they do possess quarterback John Everett who will be in his third season running the offense Smothers likes to see.
A total of 37 are out for this year's squad. A majority of these players Smothers said, do have game experience.
What is a concern for Smothers is the Bulldogs stay away from the injury bug. In a game last season with Ragland early in the schedule, the Bulldogs had at least seven to sustain an injury and head to the sideline.
A healthy team with a strong schedule facing them, Addison can be in the mix in Region 6 of Class 2A. No other school can say they start the first half of the season with four teams that combined for a winning percentage of .901.
In two seasons with Smothers at the helm, the Bulldogs have gone 9-2 at A.G. Hicks Stadium. They were 5-0 there a season ago, including a 48-6 rout of Phillips Bear Creek in the first round of the playoffs.
What will serve as momentum for the Bulldogs going into the Pickens County game comes back from the spring. They traveled to Oliver Woodard Stadium and in two quarters, turned back the Cullman Bearcats 6-3.
Addison kept the potent Cullman offense out of the end zone while the Bulldogs were able to have two good drives, ending with field goals beyond 30 yards. They kicked the game winner in the final seconds.
2014 ADDISON SCHEDULE:
Aug. 22 - @ Pickens County
Aug. 29 - Vinemont
Sept. 5 - Tanner (2A, R 6)
Sept. 12 - @ Falkville (2A, R 6)
Sept. 19 - @ Hanceville
Oct. 3 - Cold Springs (2A, R 6)
Oct. 10 - @ Sumiton Christian (2A, R 6)
Oct. 17 - Tarrant (2A, R 6)
Oct. 24 - @ Southeastern (2A, R 6)
Oct. 31 - Winston County
Game time is 7 p.m. per contest.