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October 21, 2012

PLAYER OF THE WEEK/HONOR ROLL Week 8: Checotah senior learning on the fly

— T.D. Addy jokingly wants to dispel a notion right now: T.D. does not stand for touchdown.

But it could as the 6-foot-5, 230-pound Checotah senior threw four of them while completing 21 of 31 passes for 397 yards in the 47-12 win against Idabel.

That performance was good enough to earn him the Phoenix Player of the Week for the eighth week of the season.

As far as Checotah coach Brandon Turley is concerned, Addy’s initials could be I.M. for improving maturity.

“For the first three or four weeks of the season, he was forcing the ball,” Turley said. “For the last five weeks, that has changed. When the pressure comes now, he steps up in the pocket.

“If the pocket’s not there, he gets out and if it’s not there out of the pocket, he throws it away. He’s doing the little things well.”

After all, this is Addy’s first season to start on the varsity level as he suffered an injury before last season and never got to play. It’s been a year of learning as you go for Addy, but he wants to keep improving.

“I think I can do better as a quarterback,” he said. “I’ve thrown more interceptions (eight) than I’ve wanted to throw. The coaches tell me to go on to the next play. I think I’ve grown up a little bit.”

Addy grew up a lot with his performance this past Thursday night, marking the first time to throw for more than 300 yards this season. He’s completed 106 of 179 passes (59.2 percent) for 1,737 yards and 15 touchdowns through seven games for the Wildcats this year.

Turley has seen Addy become increasingly comfortable as the signal caller.

“His game against Stigler (two weeks ago) is an example of how he’s made adjustments,” said the Checotah coach. “A young quarterback could get frustrated, but he never did. He stayed with it and didn’t force anything. That makes your offense and team much better. T.D. has grown into the leadership role.”

Addy knows he can’t rest on his laurels Friday when the Wildcats are at home for the clash with Eufaula in another District 3A-8 game and the renewal of the state’s oldest rivalry.

“This is a big game for us,” he said. “They’re 1-7 and will be trying to knock us off and mess up our chances at winning the district (3A-8) title.

“I’ve got to get everybody ready to play. I think we’ve beaten them four years in a row and it’s my responsibility that we can get it done again.”

Turley will certainly have Addy and the rest of the Wildcats ready for the game.

“It’s one of those games where you can throw out the records,” Turley said. “The communities are so close and the kids on both teams know each other.

“I’ve always said in all of the rivalries I’ve been associated with, this has been more intense than the others. There’s so much history behind it.”

By the way, for those who don’t know T.D. stands for Tyler Dylan.

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