Bulldogs look to keep things going in key District 2-6A game with Navarre

Published: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 04:33 PM.

Defensively, the Raiders run a 3-3-stack defense and could put eight men in the box to try to shut down Micah Reed and the Bulldog running attack.

Pettis said Crestview quarterback Dakota Davis will need to step up to keep Navarre from concentrating strictly on the Bulldog running game.

The Bulldogs overcame two turnovers against Choctaw that led to a pair of Indian touchdowns. Pettis hopes the lessons learned against the Indians will help them down the stretch.

“A lot of times, a team would just give up and we didn’t,” he said. “We fought through adversity — and you need wins like that. You need wars that you win because we’ve lost a lot of close ones and we needed a close one that we won just for the mindset of the kids.”

It has been more than a month since the Bulldogs won at home, and Pettis said it is important for them to reestablish a home-field advantage.

“I think home field is so huge,” he said. We’ve lost some games here at home, which I’m not used to doing, so our guys have really got to understand that you don’t lose at home. You’ve got to have the home field advantage and the crowd has got to get into it….

“It’s about confidence going into the next few weeks. We’ve got to establish that you can’t come into the Jack (Foster Stadium) and win. We’ve got to get that killer instinct about us when we are at home.”

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