SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: Penalties plaguing Bulldogs

Published: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 05:41 PM.

It could be argued that the penalty was a 43-yard penalty when you add the penalty yards to the yards gained that were negated by the flag. As it turned out, the Bulldogs were unable to score and were forced to punt.

While I don’t believe one play ever cost a team a game, had the Sweatt touchdown stood, the Bulldogs probably would have won the game 24-17. I say Crestview probably would have won because I don’t have a crystal ball that allows me to see how the touchdown would have changed how the respective coaching staffs would have managed the game.

Having played the game, I understand that penalties are a part of football and that the best teams can be the most penalized. Nevertheless, when things aren’t going well, it could be argued that penalties are a sign of an undisciplined team flirting with disaster.

I still believe Crestview has the talent to win out, claim the district championship and make a long run into the playoffs.

However, unless the Bulldogs cut down on the penalties, the season could continue to be a disappointment.


Randy Dickson is the Sports Editor of the Crestview News Bulletin. Email him at, tweet him @BigRandle, or call 682-6524.

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