October 24, 2011

Addison Wants Another Run

For Fort Bend (TX) Hightower senior Bralon Addison who has become known as one of the most explosive players in the Houston area, finishing what was started in his first season in high school has been following him since the night he stood on the sidelines and watched as a freshman his team lose the state championship to Allen (TX) High School. Since that day nearly three years ago he has focused on getting back to that spot and finishing the job.

"I got called up at the end of my freshman year to varsity," says Addison of the 2008 season. "I got to dress out and was at that state championship game at Reliant Stadium. To share that experience with those guys was really special to me. That means my opportunity is now, I have had two chances at it before and this will be my last go round with it so that is what I am going to try and focus on, finally getting that state championship."

For Addison that 2008 team must seem like such a distant memory as a lot of players that played along side of him are now playing roles at colleges across the country. During his senior season, Addison has had to carry the team on his back at times. Despite some early struggles, he feels like things are coming together for another run.

"As of right now I think we have gotten better over the last few weeks since those early losses," said the 5-foot-10, 182 pound Texas A&M commit. "We lost to Eisenhower in week zero and then The Woodlands in week one. I feel like since then we have gotten better. I finally feel like we are heading to the right place. Everybody is starting to take their coaching and to trust the coaches and what they are telling us."

"Our defense has improved as the year has gone on," he added. "In that first game with Eisenhower they gave up 42 points and we were trying to kick a field goal to win the game at the end. The next week against The Woodlands they gave up 21 points but we couldn't get more done on offense but since then they have gotten better each week. Our offense is explosive and we have a lot of play makers on that side of the ball but we lean on our defense and that really has been the motto for our team here. They are playing really well right now and I feel very comfortable going into the playoffs."

Addison has been a do-it-all player for Hightower this season as a quarterback at times as well as ball carrier. As he and his teammates wait during their bye week to find out who they will face off with for the district championship, Addison admits that his performance week to week means nothing to him if it doesn't come with a win.

"I can live with my performance so far this year, I wouldn't say I am happy but since we have been winning I can live with it for now," he said. "A lot of guys worry about stats or what records can they break or if they can put their names in the history books but I really haven't been worried about that too much. My concern has been about winning a state championship in my senior year. What better accomplishment is their than that? I sit well with what we are doing as a team and as long as I keep doing well for my team and helping them win I am fine with it."

Hightower has already secured the District 23-5A Zone A slot in the championship game in two weeks with a perfect 4-0 record in district play. They await the log jam at the top of Zone B to be sorted out this week and will play for their fourth straight district title. For the season Addison has amassed over 2,000 yards of offense with 21 touchdowns.

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