The hours of preparation and practice all led to the opening game of the 2014 season for the Bartow High School Yellow Jackets. The squad would have the home field advantage to meet the Auburndale Bloodhounds.
Auburndale won the toss and elected to defer, a decision that looked like a mistake when Tre Jordan gathered in the kick at the 10, came up the middle, then broke outside for an apparent 90-yard touchdown. The dash was called back by a Bartow penalty and the offense went to work. Auburndale obviously did their homework, keying on running back Tyreese Cruz and holding him to short gains. The Hounds racked up a pair of offsides and a face mask penalty, which allowed Bartow to keep moving. The drive stalled at the Auburndale 36 and Bartow elected to go for it. Again, the Auburndale defense rose up and the visitors took over on offense.
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