Bulldogs head to Panama City for must-win district game at Mosley

Published: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 04:47 PM.

Pettis is very familiar with Tommy Oliver Stadium, as it was his home field when he played high school football at Rutherford. Friday’s game will be the first for Pettis at Tommy Oliver Stadium as a coach and the first time he’s been on the field in a game since his senior season for the Rams.

“The last time I was involved in a game at Tommy Oliver was 1986, and we beat Bay High 9-5,” he said. “It’s exciting going back to Tommy Oliver. I had some great games there as a player and remember beating Pensacola Pine Forest there 35-10.

“It’s going to be fun going back to Tommy Oliver and I’m excited about going back and playing in front of my home crowd and my family will be there.”

Crestview tailback Micah Reed is coming off another big game, rushing for 178 yards on 37 carries, but Pettis said Reed will need some help for the Bulldogs to beat the Dolphins.

“I think everybody has tried to stop Micah, and our offensive line has done a good job, being so young,” he said. “But we have to find a different playmaker, especially as we get closer to the end. We have to do a better job of spreading the ball around.

“Mosley runs a 5-2 (defense) and will already have nine people in the box. They do a good job of getting people to the football and we know. We just have to do a good job and we have to figure it out.”

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