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Hubbard hands Addison home loss
Last-second pass gives Chiefs the edge

By Josh Cooper
jcooper@decaturdaily.com · 340-2460

ADDISON — With 11 seconds left in a tie game, R.A. Hubbard quarterback LeBrandon Key had Addison moving left.

Three straight rushing plays in that direction had the Bulldogs thinking run. And when Key found Dontae Robinson in the end zone for a 5-yard go-ahead touchdown pass on fourth-and-goal, it capped a little payback for the Chiefs, to the tune of a 27-21 victory.

“It was there all night,” Key said. “It was a setup. When coach called it, all we could do was execute.”

The touchdown capped a comeback of several proportions. From a 13-0 deficit in the first quarter, eight points down to start the fourth quarter, and a difficult season-opening game against the Bulldogs in 2006.

A year ago, the Chiefs fumbled six times, losing two of them en route to a 7-6 loss.

This year, turnovers didn’t play the same role in the game.

Instead, it was power football against power football.

Addison gained a total of 175 yards on the ground to R.A. Hubbard’s 238, but the Bulldogs didn’t have an answer for Chiefs running back Tecumseh Garth.

Addison held Garth relatively quiet in the first half, rushing for 30 yards on 14 carries, but he found his rhythm in the second, pounding the Addison defense for 127 yards.

Much of that had to do with the Addison offense.

The Bulldogs couldn’t get many long drives going, keeping its defense on the field for long stretches.

Addison managed only one drive of eight plays. Even its lone scoring play of the half happened on the first play of the drive.

With the score tied at 13, running back Andrew Privett ran 40 yards for a touchdown to give the Bulldogs the lead.

But R.A. Hubbard would come right back. The Chiefs put together a 14-play drive that lasted almost eight minutes to knot the score.

Then with 2:31 to play, R.A. Hubbard got the ball at midfield and used six straight rushing plays to run the clock down and get the ball down near the goal line.

According to R.A. Hubbard coach Lymos McDonald, he went for it on the fourth-down play because Addison’s special teams were better than his.

“I thought they had an advantage in special teams,” McDonald said. “We needed to score in order to not go to overtime.”

After the Chiefs scored, Addison got the ball at midfield. The Bulldogs tried a double lateral passing play with one second left, but fell 20 yards short of the goal line and a potential game-tying touchdown.

“We knew we were playing a tough opponent,” McDonald said. “When you come to Addison and you win, you can hold your head up high.”

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