Spotlight: Crestview High School, 10/6/17
After years of mediocrity, Crestview is now a force.
The Bulldogs have won 14 of their last 16 games. There are a lot of reasons to like the direction in Crestview.
Last season was a breakthrough for Crestview.
The success carrying over through four undefeated games this season, but none of this is a surprise in Bulldog county. They saw it coming.
Crestview's 9th grade team has won five straight county championships. The last four were undefeated.
Most glaring so far this season is a lights-out defense that has scored as many touchdowns as they've given up.
They've only allowed one meaningful touchdown in four games. Add in eight interceptions, 14 tackle for loss, and it's all pretty mind boggling.
A lot of credit is also going to Tommy Johnson, the former Fort Walton Beach head coach that came over as defensive coordinator last season.
The scheme is working and he has them playing with a lot of confidence.
It also helps when three of the players are from the same family. The Voison brothers: Keon, Devon, and Jayden, play a huge role on both sides of the ball.
On offense, all are wide receivers with a similar game-breaking skill set. And they know how to bring out the best in each other.
Getting them the ball is quarterback Rod Bouchard, the senior, his first year as the starter may not have the flash of the guy he replaced Rusty Moorer, but he sure is getting the job done.
The Bulldogs also bring a strong running game with senior Jay Stanton leading the way. Hatten calls the teams hardest working player and making it all possible is a massive line.
The big guys with only one senior in the bunch average about 6'3" and 290 pounds.
The most eye-opening moment this season is handing West Florida Tech their only loss. A game where they probably weren't considered the favorite proved a lot to themselves, too.
About the only thing giving Coach Hatten trouble at the moment is twin confusion. As well as the Voison twins, he's got the Bouchards, quarterback Rod, along with receiver Milton.