The Crestview Bulldogs bid to stay unbeaten was an impressive one under the Friday night lights of Pace’s Patriot Stadium.
The Bulldogs showed off a potent offense in blowing past the homestanding Patriots 63-27 in a game that ended with a running clock.
The visitors did not waste any time scoring on the Patriots (3-2), as two minutes into the game Crestview senior quarterback Rusty Moorer’s pass to junior wide receiver Yohundra Frederick went for a touchdown to give the Bulldogs the first lead of the game, a lead they never surrendered.
Crestview went on to score their second touchdown of the game when an interception by senior linebacker Bryce Larkins installed the ball back in the hands of the Bulldogs. Moorer scored with 7:32 left in the first quarter and another successful extra point gave Crestview a 14-point lead.
Pace scored their first touchdown eight seconds into the second quarter when sophomore quarterback Damean Bivins passed to junior wide receiver Camaron Rolling for a touchdown. After the extra point, the Bulldogs lead was cut to seven.
Crestview quickly retaliated when Moorer ran for a touchdown with 11 minutes left in the half, giving them another 14-point lead.
Crestview’s second 14-point lead was again broken when senior running back Anthony Johnson scored his first touchdown of the game with five minutes left in the half, but a missed extra point left the Patriots eight points behind the Bulldogs.
A series of back-and-forth scores with only five minutes remaining in the half resulted in three more touchdowns for Crestview and one more touchdown for the Patriots. Crestview lead Pace 42-20 at the half after the flurry to end the second quarter.
Crestview scored their third consecutive touchdown in the beginning of the second half when a pass from Moorer was completed to senior wide receiver Keenan Redd.
Six minutes into the half, a fumble from Johnson was picked up by defensive end, Sam Johnson, who ran the ball for another Bulldog touchdown, his second defensive touchdown of the season.
Those four uninterrupted touchdowns from the Bulldogs resulted in Crestview taking a 39-point lead over the Patriots.
“Sometimes we score kind of quick, and we don’t give those defensive guys much of a break,” Crestview coach Tim Hatten said. “But we knew they had a great power running game. I don’t think we really slowed them down, we just outscored them.”
Johnson quickly retaliated on the next Pace possession by running for his third touchdown of the game with only seconds left in the third; the last Patriot touchdown of the game.
Crestview freshman running back Tyree Johnson scored the final touchdown of the game with five minutes remaining. Junior kicker Cody Traywick, who had a perfect extra-point record on the game, scored the last point of the night boosting the Bulldogs lead to 63-27.
For Hatten, this prosperous and potential perfect season is deserved and overdue.
“We’ve got a group of seniors who we’ve coached since they were in the ninth grade and they’ve been together for four years,” said Hatten, who has been head coach of the Bulldogs since 2011. “We’ve got some playmakers; we have guys who play hard on defense and our offensive skill players are scoring a lot of points. When you do that, it’s hard to get beat.”
Crestview is now averaging over 51 points per game in their first five games of the season, many of which can be accredited to Moorer at quarterback and the comraderie between teammates.
“We work hard and believe in each other, and we’ll just keep getting better” said Moorer, who has over 20 touchdown passes so far in the season. “We’re completing against each other at practice, continuing to work hard and that’ll get us to state.”