NICEVILLE — The Crestview High School football team was flying high after beating Niceville 17-12 Friday to end a 30 year losing streak and force a tiebreaker in District 1-7A play.
Monday the Bulldogs were grounded as they saw their playoff aspirations slip out of their fingers in a 7-6 loss to Tate at Eagle Stadium. They were then forced to wait and hope for an Aggie win over Niceville in the second quarter of play, but it was not to be.
The Eagles beat the Aggies 14-0 to take first place in the district. Tate finished second.
As for the Bulldogs they were left to wonder what might have been if not for a costly fumble and mixed extra point against Tate.
Crestview won the toss and elected to receive.
The Aggie kick sailed into the end zone and the Bulldogs started play at their own 20-yard line.
A run by quarterback Corey Armstrong gained five yards. And a pass from Armstrong to Khalil Foster picked up another five giving Crestview a first down at the 31.
Armstrong teamed up with Foster again on another pass play, but Foster fumbled and Tate recovered at the Bulldog 35-yard line.
Tate needed just five plays to cover the 35 yards. Jesse Samuel scored on a 5-yard touchdown run and Dylan Mancusco kicked what turned out to be the winning extra point with 9:48 left in the quarter.
A 62-yard touchdown pass from Armstrong to Jaylynne Robinson with 3:57 left in the quarter pulled Crestview to within a point of the Aggies, but Tyler Hancock’s extra point was wide of the mark leaving Tate with final advantage of a single point.
“We had our opportunities,” Bulldog Coach Tim Hatten. “This is a fun game, but when you make mistakes it’s going to cost you. And we made some mistakes and turned the ball over and it cost us.”
Crestview closes out the season against Pensacola High at 7 p.m. Friday at Jack Foster Stadium.
Randy Dickson is the Crestview News Bulletin’s sports editor. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, tweet him @BigRandle, or call 682-6524.