Gulf Breeze routs Crestview, prevents Bulldogs from undefeated season – The Northwest Florida Daily News
By Josh Hyber
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CRESTVIEW — With one minute and 23 seconds showing on the Jack Foster Stadium scoreboard before halftime, Crestview receiver Andrew Adkins stood on the Bulldogs’ sideline, his shoulder pads off and jersey hanging slightly over his broad shoulders. Minutes before, the Bulldogs’ No. 1 receiver had an ice pack taped to his right shoulder.
Feet from Adkins, Crestview No. 1 cornerback D’Marcus Purcell stood grimacing while two trainers examined his right forearm. Crestview quarterback Rusty Moorer stood close by, his arms crossed as Gulf Breeze’s offense entered the red zone.
One play later, Moorer had his helmet back on, ready to take the field after the Dolphins scored to take a 17-point lead.
As the halftime buzzer approached, Moorer drove his team down the field for one last scoring attempt. When the Bulldogs’ offense hit the red zone, the quarterback was flushed from the pocket, stepped up and fired a pass to the end zone. The throw, however, found a Dolphins defender who returned the ball to the 30-yard line.
A poor first half on Friday night — including the interception, only a handful of first downs and Gulf Breeze converting two fake punts — thwarted Crestview’s attempt for an undefeated regular-season as the Bulldogs (9-1) fell to Gulf Breeze (9-1) 37-13. Moorer — who entered Friday leading Florida quarterbacks who enter stats on MaxPreps in passing yards with 2,760 and touchdowns with 39 — finished the night 10 for 26 for 126 yards and three interceptions.
“Gulf Breeze outplayed us. That’s the bottom line,” Crestview head coach Tim Hatten said. “It’s unfortunate. We had a couple of skilled guys go down and they outplayed us. (Though we had guys go down), we’ve still got to make plays. We just didn’t do that. … That’s as bad