By Kenton Brooks
Phoenix Sports Writer
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.
T.D. Addy, Checotah – Completed 21 of 31 passes for 397 yards and four touchdowns in the 47-12 win against Idabel.
Mason McMillan, Tahlequah – Gained 179 yards rushing on 28 carries and scored a touchdown in the 40-13 loss to Pryor.
Lawrence Evitt, Wagoner – Gained 326 yards rushing on 25 carries and scored on TD runs of 63 and 80 yards in the 40-24 win against Cleveland.
Decarius Clark, Wagoner – Completed 9 of 17 passes for 212 yards and two touchdowns against Cleveland.
Kerwin Thomas, Wagoner – Grabbed six passes for 154 yards and TD catches of 97 and 9 yards and ran for touchdowns of 25 and 47 yards versus Cleveland.
Jake Gandara, Fort Gibson – Ran for 146 yards on 15 carries and scored on a 69-yard touchdown run in the 35-7 loss to Cascia Hall.
Miles Jackson, Hilldale – Ran two times for 87 yards including a 75-yard TD and intercepted a pass in the 48-0 win against Keys.
Bradley Campbell, HIlldale – Intercepted two passes and returned one 35 yards for a touchdown versus Keys.
Jamaul Cullom, Hilldale – Gained 96 yards rushing on nine carries and scored on a 66-yard run, while making seven tackles against Keys.
Jake Adams, Hilldale – Made 12 tackles, had a tackle for a loss and recovered a fumble in the win over Keys.
Josh Giem. Hilldale – Registered 11 tackles, one for a loss and broke up a pass against Keys.
Brayden Scott, Sequoyah – Completed 11 of 21 passes for 161 yards and two touchdowns in the 46-24 victory against Jay.
Ryan Helsley, Sequoyah – Grabbed five passes for 108 yards and two touchdowns in the win over Jay.
Ryan Echelle, Stigler – Made 20 tackles and intercepted a pass in the 54-7 win against Heavener.
Colton Shearwood, Stigler – Caught five passes for 154 yards and two touchdowns against Heavener.
Trace Jackson, Stigler – Had 10 carries for 105 yards and three touchdowns versus Heavener.
Deondre Owens, Checotah — Caught 10 passes for 176 yards and two touchdowns in the win against Idabel.
Dillon Larkin, Eufaula – Completed 14 of 19 passes for 167 yards and a touchdown in the 44-15 loss to Roland.
Rowdy Simon, Vian – Gained 97 yards rushing on four carries and scored twice in the 75-0 win against Wilburton.
Warren Zachary, Vian – Had touchdown runs of 60 and 61 yards in the win against Wilburton.
Eric Casey, Vian – Ran 15 yards for a touchdown and returned a punt 50 yards for another TD in the win over Wilburton.
Kyle Taylor, Warner – Gained 84 yards rushing on 10 carries and scored two touchdowns in the 51-8 win against Fairland.
Robert Clark, Gore – Complete 19 of 37 passes for 268 yards and two touchdowns in the 25-18 loss to Hartshorne.
Week 9 schedule
All games 7:30 p.m. Friday
Muskogee at Putnam City
Sequoyah at Hilldale
East Central at Tahlequah
Wagoner at Webster
Fort Gibson at Stilwell
Jay at Keys
Eufaula at Checotah
Valliant at Stigler
Wellston at Haskell
Vian at Hartshorne
Gore at Haileyville
Hulbert at Kansas
Porter at Liberty
Warner at Afton
Porum at Cave Springs
SW Covenant at W. Falls
Grandfield at Midway