SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: Raiders surprise, Bulldogs disappoint

Published: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 16:22 PM.

Reed gained more than 1,000 yards in rushing and solidified his reputation as one of the top running backs in the area.

Transfer student Dakota Davis was a natural to replace fellow senior Dakota Dean at quarterback, which allowed Dean to concentrate on his preferred defensive positions of linebacker and defensive back. Davis playing quarterback also allowed the athletic Dean to move around to other spots on offense such as tight end and fullback.

In theory, the move seemed wise, but I never got the impression that Davis had the same control of the Bulldog offense that Dean did.

Heading into the season, Crestview’s defense should have been the team’s strength, with then Florida commit Dillan Lawson leading a talented Bulldog defense that also included Tyler Henderson, Denzel Ware and Jalynne Robinson.

The often-troubled Lawson was kicked off the team in the middle of the season, but even without him, the Bulldog defense showed signs of brilliance. However, they committed too many costly penalties and gave up too many big plays in clutch situations.

The last two Crestview football seasons have been an enigma to me. I’ve covered high school sports in the area since 2001 and the 2011 and 2012 Bulldog football teams have had more talent than any of the Crestview squads I’ve seen, and that includes the 2002 team that was the Class 3A state runner-up.

I really thought that both the 2011 and 2012 teams would make runs deep into the playoffs, but both teams fell short of making it out of the district.



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