SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: Penalties plaguing Bulldogs

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

It is now or never for the Crestview football team when the Bulldogs travel to Fort Walton Beach on Friday to take on Choctawhatchee in a District 2-6A game that could make or break the season.

Crestview is now 2-4 overall and 0-1 in district play, but a win against the Indians could get the season headed back in the right direction. With just one district game under their belts, the Bulldogs are still very much in a wide open district race, but a loss Friday would change all of that and send Crestview to the bottom of the pack in the district.

When the season started six weeks ago, many people — including me — considered the Bulldogs one of the area’s top teams and the team to beat in District 2-6A. However, Crestview’s current four-game losing streak has raised questions about the Bulldogs and has thus far marred what could still be a promising season.

I’ve witnessed each of the four losses from the Bulldog sidelines, but you don’t have to be up close and personal to understand what is hurting the Bulldogs. All you have to do is look in the box score and see that in the four losses, Crestview has been penalized 45 times for 332 yards. The Bulldog opponents have been flagged 24 times for 167 yards.

In other words, Crestview has given up 83 yards a game in field position — and that doesn’t count big plays that were wiped out by an untimely flag.

In Crestview’s most recent loss to Fort Walton Beach on Friday, the Bulldogs were called for 15 penalties for 135 yards while the Vikings were flagged five times for 35 yards. One of the Bulldog penalties, a holding call against a Bulldog offensive lineman in the second quarter, wiped out a 33-yard touchdown pass from Dakota Davis to Tate Sweatt.

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