Bulldogs shock Eagles (photo gallery, video)

Published: Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 05:59 AM.

"It means everything to us," Armstrong said of the second chance. "We get another chance to play and we can't wait to come back here."

The Bulldogs (4-5) hadn't beaten the Eagles (8-1) since 1982, and had lost six straight years in the county rivalry.

There were some close calls recently, most notably the 28-26 loss in 2008, the 28-27 loss in 2010 and the 20-10 defeat two years ago, but last year marked a low for Crestview when it lost 42-7 to the Eagles at home.

But on Friday, Crestview's defense wouldn't allow the Bulldogs to be on the wrong side of a rout.

Tasked with stopping a prolific offense that had yet to be held under 26 points and had topped 37 points five times, the Bulldogs held Niceville quarterbacks Ashton Hooker and Drew Frederic to just 103 yards passing and held an Eagles' rushing attack that entered the night averaging more than four touchdowns and 265 yards per contest to under 100 yards.

"Unbelievable, just unbelievable," Hatten said of his defense.

The seven sacks illustrated the never-ending pressure on the pocket, and aside from a Hooker 1-yard touchdown run on the opening drive the Bulldogs' defense bent but never broke. That was most evident when Niceville, which closed the gap to 17-12 on a 17-yard, fourth-quarter touchdown pass from Frederic to Devyn Wooley with 2:43 left to play, got the ball with 1:27 left to play but couldn't mount a game-winning drive.

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