Hatten era opens at Milton

Crestview football

Crestview running back Emmanuel Reed runs over a Pace tackler during last Friday’s Kickoff Classic. The Bulldogs open the regular season at Milton on Friday.

RANDY DICKSON / News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 05:30 PM.

CRESTVIEW — There are no more practice games for the Crestview High School football team and first-year coach Tim Hatten. The long awaited start of the Tim Hatten era officially arrives Friday night when the Bulldogs travel to Milton for a 7:30 p.m. game.

Fresh off a 17-14 win over Pace in the Kickoff Classic, Hatten knows his team still has work to do.

"We had to fight back and overcome some things, and that was good for us," he said. "I don't know if it would have been good for us if we had lost, but it was good for us since we won.

"You don't mind learning lessons when you win. Learning when  you lose is not very much fun."

Hatten hopes the Bulldogs can maintain the momentum from the win over Pace against a talented Panther squad.

"I think they possess the ability to put the ball in the end zone on any play," he said. "They have big play speed.

"I think, to get it done, we have to go over there with our A game or we will come out with a loss. We can't turn the ball over."



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