Gators travel to Jay to take on rival Royals in important district game

Baker football

Baker’s offensive line opens a hole for running back D.J. Thomas in last week’s game against Sneads. The Gators will continue to play physical football when they travel to Jay on Friday for a District 1-1A game.

RANDY DICKSON | News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 04:26 PM.

BAKER — It will be the regular season version of the War of Highway Four on Friday as Baker travels to Jay to take on the Royals in a key District 1-1A game. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

No matter what the sport is, when Baker and Jay get together, you can throw out the longtime rivals’ records.

“We are in the district with Jay in just about all of our sports and we’ve been playing each other, because the schools have been about the same size, for 50 years,” Baker Coach Matt Brunson said. “We anticipate a war and our kids will be ready. And I’m sure their kids will be ready.

“You have two small rural farming communities that take a lot of pride in their football. It should be a great 1A high school football game.”

Baker (4-3. 0-1) is coming off a 28-14 Homecoming win against Sneads last week. The Royals (3-3, 0-1) beat Cottondale 30-20 last week.

Brunson, who played at Baker during the 1980s and was an assistant coach at the school in the 90s, is well aware of the history between the teams.

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