Jordan carries Bartow past Lake Wales
By Ivan LambertLedger correspondent
Lake Wales — Bartow running back Tim Jordan went over 200 yards on the ground as Bartow defeated Lake Wales 16-9 in a penalty-ridden game Friday at Legion Field.
The Turning Point
Leading 9-7 in the 3rd quarter, Lake Wales punter Kasey Maldonado punted 43 yards and Bartow was pinned back on its own 5-yard line. However the Yellow Jackets (4-5) drove 95 yards to take the lead.
In the decisive drive, Jordan had runs of 13 yards and 37 yards.
Also key was a third and-one where Davin Williams rolled right and found LJ Cummings deep for 37 yards. Williams scored on a 1-yard quarterback sneak and Bartow led 13-9 with 2:46 remaining in the quarter.
The Difference Makers
Bartow’s senior Tim Jordan rushed 22 times for 202 yards, including runs of 79 and 37 yards.
Lake Wales’ freshman Johnny Richardson also had a very good night, running for 152 yards in his 18 carries.
The kickers also played a significant role.
Lake Wales’ Kasey Maldonado kicked a 25-field goal with four seconds remaining in the first half to give Lake Wales (1-8) a 9-7 lead.
Then Bartow’s Christian Ramirez kicked a 28-yard field goal with 11:04 remaining to extend Bartow’s lead to 16-9. Ramirez also had his 44-yard field goal attempt bounce off of the crossbar, falling just short with 4:50 remaining.
Lake Wales ran 18 passing plays completing eight but only accumulating 54 yards.
The most significant color of the night was yellow, as the Yellow Jackets were flagged 11 times for 80 yards and the Highlanders also 11 times for 85 yards.
What They Said
“Lake Wales had defeated Bartow nine consecutive years”, said Bartow head coach Jake McRae. “Now, after these last two years, our seniors can say they have beaten rival Lake Wales twice. Any time you beat a rival two years back to back, that is a good thing.”