Football Isn’t All You See On Friday Night

August 30, 2016 | Mikayla Schad

The Big Red Machine and Dog Pound are unique structures to Crestview High School. The Big Red Machine, the CHS band, is well known in the Florida Panhandle not only for its tremendous size, usually taking around nine buses to transport everyone, but for its phenomenal music as well. The band is one of the attractions during football games. The half time show alone entices many people to attend the games. During the Northview vs Crestview game on August 27th, 2016 the band and color guard performed “All of Me” by John Legend.
 
Dog Pound can also be found at many of CHS sporting events, including football. The purpose of Dog Pound is to be as loud as they can get and to be as “hyped” as possible to give the football players an extra boost. Dejah Spates, the Dog Pound President, said “We’re all one big family. The Band and Cheerleaders hype us up, we hype them up. We love everybody.” At the football game on August 27th, 2016 Dog Pound could be heard screaming and cheering throughout the duration of the game, openly showing how much they care for their “family”.
 
Ben Kimbrough, CHS Dean of Students said,“They help keep them (the Football team) hyped up and keep them pumped.”  Deputy Randall Joiner, CHS Resource Officer said, “It’s pretty special what Dog Pound does. If a good cheer from Dog Pound doesn’t rile them up, nothing will.” 

Dexter Day, CHS Principal stated, “It’s all one big family. If you aren’t a football player then you could be a band member, or Dog Pound, or color guard, or ROTC. It’s not a football game without all of these things. We need The Band and Dog Pound to keep the players’ morale up, even if it seems hopeless. We need ROTC to raise the flag in honor of this great country where we live, we need each and every piece to make it a true Crestview High School Football game. I’ve been here since the early 60’s, I played on this field, I cheered in those stands. I am a Bulldog through and through.”
 
Even the football players find The Band and Dog Pound to be inspirational. Braxton Mullarkey, CHS football player, #57, said “The Band and Dog Pound help to encourage and inspire the players to push harder.”

With the cheering and the music in tow, the striking score at the end of the game blew everyone away, 70 – Crestview 0 -Northview.

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