SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: A special Friday night

Published: Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 06:12 PM.

Even when considering the years the teams didn’t meet in the regular season, it stands to reason that Niceville won at least 15 or 20 straight games over Crestview. I can confirm that from 2007-2012, Niceville and Crestview played each other in the regular season and that the teams played each other in 2003 and 2004.

It is fun to speculate how the 2002 Bulldog team, which advanced to the Class 3A state championship game, would have stacked up against the Eagles that year. Niceville was the District 1-4A runner in 2002, and I have to believe that a game between Crestview and Niceville would have been a great battle that might have seen Crestview ending the streak.

The best chance the Bulldogs had of ending the streak was in 2010, when the Eagles won by a single point. A missed extra point by the Bulldogs prevented the game from going into overtime and a missed Crestview field goal late in the game allowed the Eagles to leave Jack Foster Stadium with a win.

I’ve been covering high school football in Okaloosa County for 13 years, and there is no doubt in my mind that Friday is the best night the two teams have shared.

For now, Crestview and Baker can celebrate milestone wins. The big wins that each team enjoyed last week are what make high school football the special game that it is.

Randy Dickson is the Crestview News Bulletin’s sports editor. Email him at, tweet him @BigRandle, or call 682-6524.

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