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

Published: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 04:26 PM.

“We had some bad blood — even more so than there is now — back in the 1980s because back then, only one team (from each district) went to the playoffs,” he said. “So it was us, Jay and Century.

“We kind of held the upper hand on those teams, but we had some very vicious wars. There was extra security brought in and there were always some hardfought battles.”

Brunson pointed out that Jay Coach Kent Smith is a Jay graduate and a former Baker assistant, so he too is well aware of the history between the teams and that could add even more fuel to the fire.

Baker has won the last two regular season games and rocked the Royals 61-26 last year, but Brunson said Jay is an improved team from last year.

“We beat Jay pretty good last year and I think they beat Jay the year before so we are on a two-game winning streak over the Royals,” he said. “I don’t know what the all-time record in this series is, but my challenge to this senior class is, ‘Don’t let your class be the one to end the streak.’

“They’ve got a very athletic back in Ricky Cofield. They line up in 2-by-1 split, shotgun package and Cofield runs downhill. They kind of spread you out to run.”

Brunson said the Gator offense will continue to stress the run first against the Royals and, if that opens up the passing game a little, they will try to take advantage of the situation.

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