Comets shock Addison
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Citizen Patriot staff reports
The Addison High School football team found itself just 3 yards from pulling into a tie and possibly avoiding an upset loss at the hands of Hanover-Horton on Friday night.
The Comets didn't let the Panthers get there.
Hanover-Horton stopped Addison star running back Jaron Butts on a potential tying two-point conversion try late in the game and held on for a shocking 28-26 victory over the Panthers.
The win ended a 15-game losing streak to Addison for the Comets (3-1, 2-1 Cascades Conference). Hanover-Horton's last victory over Addison came by a 7-6 score in 1992. The win also pushed Hanover-Horton into a tie for first in the league with four other teams, including Addison.
Addison (2-2, 2-1 Cascades) dominated the game statistically but couldn't finish drives due to mistakes, coach Mark Beougher said.
"Not only was it turnovers that stopped drives, it was penalties," he said. "We just couldn't punch it in, because we kept losing 10 yards. It made it awful difficult to keep any type of momentum."
The Panthers rushed for 343 yards and held Hanover- Horton to 208 yards of offense.
Butts scored with 1 minute, 21 seconds to go to cut the Hanover-Horton lead to two points. Addison went back to Butts for the two-point conversion try with a play that Beougher said had worked all night.
"They kind of shifted into where we were running right at the last minute," Beougher said. "I still hoped we'd be able to bounce it to the outside, but they were able to get a hand on Butts and slow him down."
Jake Wood scored what turned out to be the winning touchdown on a 4-yard run with 2:43 to play.
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