Crestview Bulldogs, Baker Gators begin football practice today

Published: Monday, August 5, 2013 at 12:21 PM.

Last year it was a 41-34 loss.

The year before it was a 17-14 defeat.

Those two losses, coupled with an eight-point defeat the year before, have given Freeport five straight wins over the Gators since 2004.

A part of the last two defeats was third-year head coach Matt Brunson, who must again deal with Freeport in a District 1-1A setting that includes defending state champion Northview and Jay.

“We’re very hungry to get back to playoffs,” said Brunson, whose Gators haven’t made the postseason since 2008 and haven’t won a district title since 2001. “We need to take care of business against Jay and Freeport and bridge that gap between us and Northview.”

A key to stopping Freeport will be containing former Daily News Male Athlete of the Year and quarterback Gabe Moore, who Brunson “called an international talent” after being the top American finisher in the July International Association of Athletics Federations’World Youth Championships octathlon.

Brunson also has offensive weapons, including running back D.J. Thomas.

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