Bulldogs stay alive in playoff hunt

Crestview football

Micah Reed, seen here against Navarre, had another 100-yard game in Crestview's win over Mosley on Friday.

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Published: Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 01:44 AM.

PANAMA CITY — If Friday night was a referendum on postseason motivation versus pride, motivation won out handily at Tommy Oliver Stadium.

Crestview, still striving to become a factor in District 2-6A, downed Mosley 39-7 to remain relevant in the playoff discussion at 2-2, 4-5 overall. Mosley, already eliminated, slid to 0-4, 3-5.

More to the point, the matchup showcased a team with a number of players who soon will be suiting up on Saturdays. Micah Reed, a verbal commitment to UCF, rushed for 108 yards and the first two touchdowns of the game to spark the Bulldogs.

Junior defensive end Denzel Ware, who has announced his intention to attend Florida State, sacked Mosley quarterback Zach Rhodes for a 16-yard loss early in the game. That negated a fumble recovery by Zach Warnick on a muffed punt by Crestview that set up the Dolphins on the Bulldogs’ 21.

The series ended in a punt, and Mosley eventually trailed 17-0 at halftime. Reed scored on runs of 9 and 40 yards, the latter coming only 18 seconds before halftime and appearing to take the steam out of the Dolphins. Crestview’s defense already had punished a depleted Mosley offense. Of 15 first-half running plays by the Dolphins, only three resulted in positive yardage. 

Mosley momentarily clawed back into contention midway through the third quarter to trail 17-7. Louie Abbott’s interception and 30-yard return set up the Dolphins on the Crestview 31, and they took 10 plays to reach the end zone.

Rhodes engineered a pair of fourth-down conversions, finding wide receiver Nat Dixon for 6 yards and sneaking for 2 yards behind Caleb Houghton.

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