Corey Armstrong connected with Jaylynne Robinson on touchdown passes of 15, 61 and 47 yards to lead the Crestview High School football team to a 42-32 win against Pensacola High at Jack Foster Stadium on Friday.
The win improved the Bulldogs to 5-5 on the year as they closed out their best season since their 2010 campaign. PHS finished the year 2-8.
The victory was bittersweet for Robinson, a senior, as he played his last high school game.
“It’s very special,” he said. “I’m going to miss playing for Crestview. When I go off to college, it’s not going to be the same. We worked a lot harder and had a lot of people step up and be a leader. I’m going to remember all the time we spent together. I’m not going to remember the games so much as hanging out with my boys.”
Robinson gave the Crestview fans something to remember on the first Bulldog drive of the night as he caught the first of his touchdown passes from 15 yards out to cap a 45-yard drive. And it was Robinson who set the Bulldogs up in Pensacola territory when he returned the opening kick into Tiger territory.
Emmanuel Reed, who finished the night with 110 yards rushing on 28 carries and two touchdowns, scored from five yards out with 3:55 left in the first quarter to give the Bulldogs a double digit lead they would hold most of the game.
Armstrong’s 61-yard pass to Robinson made the score 21-0 less than 90 seconds into the second quarter. Just when it looked as if the Bulldogs would blow PHS out of the stadium, momentum changed.
A PHS defensive back intercepted a deflected Armstrong pass and returned it inside the Crestview 5-yard line. The Bulldog defense held tight for three downs, but on fourth-and-goal from the 3, Dageon Watson put the Tigers on the scoreboard.
Watson scored on a 21-yard touchdown run on Pensacola’s first possession of the third quarter as the Tigers closed the Bulldogs’ lead to 21-13.
Robinson’s third touchdown catch from Armstrong with 5:31 left in the third quarter put Crestview back up by 15 points.
The Bulldogs got a special teams touchdown from Mike Hall early in the fourth quarter. The Tigers muffed a punt, and Hall recovered it in the end zone.
But Pensacola wouldn’t go away. Watson scored on a 54-yard run with 10:09 left in the fourth quarter.
The Bulldogs then took the ensuing drive and marched 78 yards on 12 plays. Reed finished things off with a 7-yard run. Seth Kootsouradis, who shared extra-point duties with Tyler Hancock, kicked his third PAT of the night to put Crestview up 42-20.
Pensacola managed a pair of touchdowns late in the game, but it wasn’t enough as the Bulldogs held on for the win.