Bulldog defense stepping up

Crestview football

Crestview High School defensive end Denzel Ware forces his way past offensive tackle Rocky Longman during Tuesday's practice.

RANDY DICKSON / News Bulletin
Published: Friday, August 16, 2013 at 03:25 PM.

CRESTVIEW— A bolt of lightning midway through Crestview High School's football practice Tuesday temporarily forced the Bulldogs inside.

When the team returned to the field 20 minutes later, there was still lightning popping on the field, courtesy of the red-clad Bulldog defense.

"We had a good aggressive defensive practice," Crestview coach Tim Hatten said. "I think we've got a really good defensive front, and it's a challenge for us (the Bulldog offensive line) to block that defensive front. To be able to execute against a front that's dominant, as a quarterback and as offense, you've got to be able to get the ball out of your hand fast and we are not doing that right now.

"We've got some inconsistent snaps where we are just not snapping the ball real good. That's the rhythm of the whole play. We do a lot of things on rhythm, and if you don't get a real good snap, that's what happens."

Hatten said the defense caused several problems, and he hopes it does the same thing when Crestview takes the field this season.

"They come at us hard and provide us with a challenge every day," he said. "Hopefully, they'll provide the other team with a challenge.

"Right now they (the Bulldog defense) is just ahead of us. And we  have to work to get caught up. We've got to equalize it with the quick passing game and the perimeter passing game. At times we did a good job of that today."

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