Spotlight: Tim Hatten, 9/30/16
CRESTVIEW, Fla. (WEAR) —
Crestview is off to their best start in a decade. Years of promise are finally paying off for the Bulldogs.
Continuity and talent are making the difference.
When Tim Hatten arrived at Crestview four years ago,
They were mired in mediocrity, but he saw the potential and his plan included intense focus on the up-and-comers.
The results didn't come right away. His first three seasons had a combined 13-17 record. But Hatten preached patience.
The success has arrived. Crestview is 5-0 for the first time in ten years. They feel a lot of it has to do with continuity.
Of course they've got some impressive talent too, especially at the skill spots. Every varsity basketball player is out for football.
The hoop star list includes quarterback Rusty Moorer.
Coming back from a broken finger that derailed his junior season, Moorer is putting up huge numbers.
Averaging over 300 yards passing, with 22 touchdowns in five games. Moorer's been given a lot of leeway in Hatten’s offense.
The Bulldogs have seen significant improvement on defense and they're pointing a lot of credit to new defensive coordinator Tommy Johnson.
Johnson was forced to step down as Fort Walton Beach head coach in June and Hatten called him almost immediately.
After years of mediocrity, the football players are enjoying their new lofty status, but don't expect overconfidence to be a problem any time soon.