CRESTVIEW — In time, Crestview High School’s football team might be good enough to overcome costly turnovers and a blocked extra point, but that wasn’t the case Friday as the Bulldogs lost to Choctawhatchee 14-13.
Crestview (1-1) lost two fumbles and quarterback Khalil Foster threw two interceptions. Adding to Bulldog woes was Tyler Hancock’s low extra point attempt that was blocked by the Indians with 3:16 left in the game. If Hancock makes the extra point, the Bulldogs tie the game, setting up a wild finish.
“We played good enough to score 35 points, but unfortunately in football there are things called turnovers and mistakes,” Crestview coach Tim Hatten said. “We had a lot of mistakes and a lot of turnovers.
“When you do that in the game of football there is a price to pay. We’ve lived on the edge for two weeks — kind of like we did (Friday) — and pulled it off. If we kick the extra point, it’s 14-14, and what happens, I don’t know. But I do know defensively (holding Choctaw scoreless) we played lights out in the second half.”
The turnover woes started in the second quarter when Emmanuel Reed fumbled trying to score and the Indians recovered the ball in the end zone for a touchback.
It looked as if Reed had scored from eight yards out one play earlier, but officials spotted the ball inside the 1-yard line. On the next play, Reed fumbled and Thomas Forte came away with the loose ball for the Indians (2-0).
Midway through the third quarter, the Indians tipped a Foster pass that Michael Madden intercepted.
The turnovers mounted when Jaylynne Robinson lost the ball with 7:15 left in the game.
The Bulldogs had one last chance to get the win with less than a minute left in the game, but Foster forced a pass that was intercepted as the Indians held on for the win.
“A fumble going into the end zone from the 1-yard line — you just don’t do that,” Hatten said. “If we protect the football, we score. If you play bad and turn the ball over, you lose. And that’s what happened (Friday). We deserved to lose.”
Randy Dickson is the Crestview News Bulletin’s sports editor. Email him at email@example.com, tweet him @BigRandle, or call 682-6524.