The once popular song “On the Road Again” by Willie Nelson serves a fitting purpose for the Bartow Yellow Jacket football team as the squad hits a portion of the schedule that puts them back on the bus for the next two Friday contests. The first stop on the itinerary is Haines City as the battle of the buzzing bugs pits the Yellow Jackets against the Hornets.
After facing the top two teams in the district, Bartow doesn’t get it much easier going against Haines City. The teams are once again district opponents, so there is greater implication on the games. Bartow hasn’t faced Haines City since 2010, a game that resulted in a convincing 28-8 win. A game many remember was the 2009 contest at Haines City that saw a Hornets defender step in front of a Bartow pass for a game-winning late fourth quarter touchdown in a 13-7 contest. Prior to that win, Bartow had beaten Haines City handily for three straight years.
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