Bulldogs look to eliminate mistakes against Vikings

Published: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 06:24 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Coming off a 17-14 loss to Navarre last Friday night, Crestview High School’s football team has lost three games by nine points.

First-year Bulldog coach Tim Hatten knows the formula for success isn't complicated.

"We've had three tough losses in a row," he said. "You have to find a way to win the close ones and that's the bottom line. To win the close ones you have to make less mistakes than the other team and to this point we haven't done that.

 "Fourteen points is not enough to win at any level. The bottom line is if we can't average 28 or 35 points with what we do offensively, we should. But for whatever reason we have breakdowns in a lot of different areas and we've got to keep watching film and keep correcting our mistakes and stay the course."

Crestview has been one play away from a win in each of the three losses.

"You don't ever want to be proud of the fact that you are in every game, but at the same time you don't want to get blown and that hasn't happened to us," he said. "They don't give you prizes in football for being close."

The Bulldogs (1-3) host Okaloosa County rival Fort Walton Beach (2-2) at 7 p.m. Friday. The Vikings are coming off a 27-7 loss to Rickards.

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