Boys Junior Varsity Football, Boys Varsity Football · Bartow Rides Jordan to Battle of 17 Victory

Our football jackets steam roll over our rivals the Miners for a 42-11 WIN!!!!!! 

BARTOW — The Battle of 17 was pretty much over within the first 17 minutes.

Bartow running back Tim Jordan, who entered the game leading the county in rushing, scored three first-half touchdowns to lead the Yellow Jackets to a 42-11 win over rival Fort Meade on Friday at Bartow Memorial Stadium.

“I am glad how we came out focused,” Bartow head coach Jake McCrae said. “I told the guys this week, and there is a reason why we received the ball first, I didn’t want to give them any early momentum. I wanted to get the ball to (Jordan) and see what he could get us. And he didn’t let us down.”

Jordan rushed for 100 yards on 21 carries and scored on runs of 12 and 2 yards before catching a 15-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Davin Williams on the last play of the first half to give Bartow a 35-0 halftime lead.

“I like making plays and the linemen were blocking,” Jordan said.

Jordan put the icing on the cake when he scored a fourth touchdown as time was expiring in the third quarter to give Bartow a 42-3 lead.

Williams, who started the game’s scoring a 1-yard run at 7:40 of the first quarter, finished the game 9 of 10 for 195 yards. He also hit Jeremy Henderson with a 28-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter.

“Getting up 7-0 was the key against this group,” McCrae said. “We wanted to take the wind out of their sails. They are not used to playing from behind. They are used to getting the lead and having all the rowdy fans behind them.”

Bartow, which honored its 1996 Class 4A state championship team before the game, did not play last week because of rain and lightning.

“The off-week helped us because it got us fresh. I was upset we didn’t get to play last week but in hindsight, it was beneficial to us. We got over some bumps and bruises and it made them hungry to play a game,” McCrae said.

Bartow (3-1) will head to Bryant Stadium next week to meet Class 7A Lakeland, a team they upset last season. It will be the District 7 opener for both teams.

“It is district and we have to focus on ourselves. We can’t focus on they are mad at us because we beat them last year. We have to work hard, execute and see what happens at the end of the game,” McCrae said.

Our football jackets steam roll over our rivals the Miners for a 42-11 WIN!!!!!!