SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: A special Friday night

Published: Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 18:12 PM.

I spent a lot of time over the weekend trying to research relevant storylines related to the Crestview High School and Baker School football teams' big wins Friday night.

It’s hard to determine whether Friday’s simultaneous wins were the most significant for these programs. The passing of time can make tracking down old schedules difficult at best to somewhat impossible.

Baker and Crestview won district championships in the same year in 1981, 1982, 1985 and 1993. But after 20 years and more I can’t tell if the teams clinched any district titles on the same night. 

There is no denying that Baker’s win over Northview was huge because it gave the Gators their first district championship since 2001. And some might argue that Crestview’s win over Niceville was even bigger, as the Bulldogs hadn’t beaten the Eagles in football since 1982.

I would say both teams would have a valid argument for the historical significance of their respective win.

Baker’s District 1-1A championship is the 16th in the program's history, but first in a dozen years. The Gator seniors were in kindergarten in the fall of 2001, when quarterback Vernon Jones led Baker's attack. The Gator’s sophomore quarterback, Jon Beck, was 3 years old and maybe didn’t know football existed.

Crestview’s win over Niceville snaps a streak that goes back 30 years, but those years weren’t consecutive, so it’s hard to tell how many straight games the Eagles had won in the series. There have been several years when the teams were in different districts or classifications and they didn’t play each other.



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