CRESTVIEW — Three games into the 2015 season, Crestview High School's football team still has more questions than answers.
The Bulldogs opened the season with a win over Northview, but struggled with turnovers in a loss to Mosley in the season's second week.
Crestview had its poorest showing of the season Friday against a strong St. Martin team from Ocean Springs, Miss. The Yellow Jackets dominated the Bulldogs on both sides of the ball in a 46-13 win, leaving Crestview Coach Tim Hatten seeking answers.
“Right now, we are searching and we are not a very good football team,” he said. “We are staying on the field too long on defense. And when we have an opportunity on offense, we are not able to do anything.”
Losing starting quarterback Rusty Moorer at the end of the first quarter of the Northview game to a broken hand has hurt the Bulldogs. They have had to shuffle the deck with Keenan Redd and Corey Armstrong at quarterback.
Redd, who got the start against St. Martin, was ineffective against the Yellow Jackets completing just one pass in nine attempts. He also threw an interception.
In four series at quarterback, Redd couldn't lead the Bulldogs to a first down before giving way to Armstrong, Crestview’s starting middle linebacker.
At the time, Armstrong took over at quarterback, St. Martin had more first downs than the number of plays the Bulldogs had run.
Armstrong and Marquis McClain provided a spark for the Bulldogs late in the second half. A 22-yard pass from Armstrong to Andrew Adkins gave Crestview its first down of the game with two minutes left in the half.
Two plays later, McClain broke loose on a 62-yard touchdown run. He added a 55-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
Moorer is expected to be out at least four more weeks, leaving Redd and Armstrong to try to hold down the fort at quarterback. The numbers indicate Armstrong is the better option at quarterback. But leaves a hole on defense when he’s not at middle linebacker.
“We still need to get some players in (the right) place,” Hatten said. And we still need to get better.”