CRESTVIEW — Fort Walton Beach receiver Marquese Davenport lived up to his Dandy Dozen billing Friday night scoring three touchdowns to lead the Vikings to a 35-18 win over Crestview.
Davenport had 138 yards in total offense with 109 yards rushing on 10 carries will taking snaps in the Viking wildcat package. He added another 29 yards receiving on one reception.
“There’s no doubt he’s a playmaker for us,” Viking coach Mike Owens said of Davenport. “We had to have a little plan for him at quarterback because we have a lot of guys beat up there so we did have that plan and he did a great job.”
Davenport gave the Vikings (3-2) the lead they would never relinquish when he scored from three yards out to cap an eight-play, 43 yard drive that was marred by penalties against both teams.
The Bulldogs (1-4) responded with five-play, 60-yard drive. Emmanuel Reed had a big 33-yard run on fourth and inches to keep the drive alive. On the next play, Jaylynne Robinson scored on a 17-yard run.
The Bulldogs looked to have kicked the game-tying extra point, but were called for holding. The second try was wide and the Bulldogs found themselves playing from behind all night.
Midway through the second quarter it looked as if Lady Luck was smiling on Crestview. The Vikings mishandled a snap on a punt and Crestview had the ball inside the Fort Walton Beach 10-yard line.
Bulldog coach Tim Hatten chose to call a quick out pass to the front corner of the end zone and Viking defensive back Brandon Thomas stepped in front of D.J. Stewart and returned the Khalil Foster pass to the Bulldog 32-yard line.
On a third and 16 from the Bulldog 26 Viking quarterback Colby Tuthill hit Trace Ryan with a scoring pass with 5:06 left in the half.
Bulldog coach Tim Hatten took responsibility for the call on the interception.
“It was a pretty stupid call on my part,” he said. “We had been hammering them all night on the power. And he (Foster) made a bad pass on a bad play call.
“I put him in a bad position as a coach and we probably should have just hammered it up in there.”
The Bulldogs continued to have their chances in the second half.
Crestview linebacker Blayze Spencer intercepted a pass, but the Bulldogs were unable to capitalize on the turnover.
Later in the period, Spencer scooped up a Viking fumble and returned it 39 yards for a touchdown. The Bulldogs went for two points and failed.
Davenport continued his big night with a 1-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter.
He added a 26-yard scoring run up the middle with 10:06 left in the fourth quarter.
Crestview tried to rally behind sophomore quarterback Corey Armstrong. Armstrong led the Bulldogs on a 9-play, 76-yard scoring drive. The drive was capped by a 21-yard pass to Reed.
The final Viking score came on an 85-yard missed field goal attempt by Romeo Finley with 2:51 left to seal the win.
Despite only scoring 18 points the Bulldog offense piled up the yards. Reed had 81 yards receiving to go with 100 yards rushing. Robinson had 91 yards in total offense with 30 yards by rushing and the other 61 yards in receiving.
Although Armstrong didn’t attempt a pass until the fourth quarter he still finished the night hitting 15-of-19 passes for 147 yards and a touchdown.
Foster had 78 passing yards, 30 yards in receiving and 31 yards rushing.
Randy Dickson is the Crestview News Bulletin’s sports editor. Email him at email@example.com, tweet him @BigRandle, or call 682-6524.