Mistakes Kept Wildcats From Upsetting Jackets, Page 1, Sunday, October 12, 1,  Leesburg High School, 1401 Yellow Jacket Way, Leesburg, Florida 34748, Gerald Lacey, Staff Writer, Carver Heights Quarterback Club
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Mistakes Kept Wildcats From Upsetting Jackets, Page 1, Sunday, October 12, 1,  Leesburg High School, 1401 Yellow Jacket Way, Leesburg, Florida 34748, Gerald Lacey, Staff Writer, Carver Heights Quarterback Club
Mistakes Kept Wildcats From Upsetting Jackets, Page 1, Sunday, October 12, 1,  Leesburg High School, 1401 Yellow Jacket Way, Leesburg, Florida 34748, Gerald Lacey, Staff Writer, Carver Heights Quarterback Club
1969 Leesburg Yellow Jackets Football Archives
Wildwood High Head Coach Dub Palmer and Leesburg High Head Coach Wilbur Lofton
Carver Heights Quarterback Club, Leesburg High School, Leesburg, Florida
Leesburg Yellow Jackets vs. Wildwood Wildcats, High School Football Game

Mistakes Kept Wildcats From Upsetting Jackets

By MIKE FOWLER
Commercial Sports Writer
The Daily Commercial
Sunday, October 12, 1969
Updated: Sunday, July 26, 2015, 7:40 p.m.

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WILDWOOD - As a football game, it was nuclear parity, a whale vs. an elephant, a tornado meeting a
hurricane Wildwood's Wildcats, sky-high, floated onto the field a couple of feet above the ground, and
Leesburg's Yellow Jackets floated out to meet them. It was the annual grudge match, in which
season's records meant nothing. One school could have fielded the NFL All stars, the other ten
donkeys and a parrot and it still would have been a battle.

Wildwood won every statistic except luck and the final score, which was 7-2 Leesburg, a 57-yard TD
pass from
Mike Napier to Greg Williams beating a safety forced by Wildcats Vaughn Black and Wayne
Allen who blocked a punt in the end zone.

A rash of mistakes, many in the fourth quarter, hurt Wildwood, which outrushed and outpassed the
Jackets, and held their smooth offense to only five first downs. Leesburg, stymied on offense, hurled all
its defensive force at the Wildcats, capitalized on their mistakes and used one big play to win.

But the game was defense, as the Wildcats held the Yellow Jackets, averaging 378 total yards a game,
to just 149, and held quarterback Napier, who bombarded Kissimmee last week for 330 yards in the
air, to just four completions in 13 attempts and 81 yards-one of them that 57 yarder to Williams for the
winning touchdown.

And the Jackets' defense, which allowed the Wildcats almost as many yards as they had allowed their
previous three opponents combine, (243 to 317) dug in every time Wildwood threatened-outstanding
especially in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter, when the Cats were moving easily and
desperately, and Tony Hart intercepted two passes and Sherrill Lackey one to end the game with Andy
Carlton falling on the ball three times as the clock ran to zero.

It left Jacket Coach Wilbur Lofton leaning against a car conceding, "We were just lucky to get out of it,"
and Wildcat
Coach Dub Palmer regretting the interceptions, the fumbles and one play in particular, a
bad mistake-certain he'd just lost a game he should have won.

Leesburg spent most of the first half backing up.

Wildwood roared out from their thirty to open the game behind
running back Wayne Allen-who carried
18 times during the game for 97 yards, caught three passes from Dale Nichols for 36 yards and threw
one pass himself to Elijah Jackson for 15 yards. With Allen carrying the first four plays, the Wildcats
reached Leesburg's 46 before punting, pushing the Jackets to their own 28, where
Mike Chatman got
one yard, Napier missed one pass to Williams, completed another which was nullified by a holding
penalty, and found themselves on their 12, forced to punt.     
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This article was provided by Gerald Lacey
Gerald Lacey is the senior sports writer covering Leesburg High School Sports for the Carver Heights
Quarterback Club. You can reach him at:
geraldlacey@leesburgyellowjacketsfootball.com
1969 Leesburg Yellow Jackets Football Archives, Wildwood High Head Coach Dub Palmer and Leesburg High Head Coach Wilbur Lofton, Carver Heights Quarterback Club, Leesburg High School, Leesburg, Florida
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