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Leesburg vs Orlando L. C. Jones, High School Football Game
Leesburg Faces Major Task -- Tackling Orlando Jones' Size
October 4, 1985|By Joe Williams of The Sentinel Staff
LEESBURG — The Leesburg High School football team will be facing a big task when it takes on
Orlando Jones High School tonight in a Class AAA, District 5 game at 8 in Yellow Jacket Field.
The game is one of five involving teams from Lake and Sumter counties tonight. All are district games
and all begin at 8. In other games, all AA, District 5, matchups: Bushnell South Sumter (1-1, 1-0)
travels to Mount Dora (2-0, 0-0); Tavares (0-3, 0-1) is at Clermont (0-3, 0-1); Umatilla (1-1, 1-0) is at
Wildwood (3-0, 1-0); and Eustis (1-2, 0-1) travels to Groveland (0-2, 0-1).
Leesburg Coach Gene Foster's major concern is how to equalize Jones' size. The Tigers average 276
pounds across their front line, including 320-pound Mike Morgan and 265-pound Thomas Rayam.
''They are one of the biggest high school teams in the nation,'' Foster said. ''We may go over to Orlando
and borrow UCF's line and they still may be bigger. I think the best way to attack a line like that is with
Big doesn't necessarily mean good. But Jones (2-1, 1-0) was ranked in the state's Top 10 during the
first two weeks of the season. The Tigers also won the district championship last season.
''There is an old saying that when your opponent is good, big and fast, then you're in trouble,'' Foster
said. ''I don't know how these other guys do it. I've been going to coaching clinics for years and I have
never learned how to coach my guys into being big and fast. They always are either big and slow, or
small and fast.''
Leesburg (1-2, 0-1) faced a similar situation against Jones last season but the Yellow Jackets
managed to hang with the Tigers for 3 1/2 quarters before finally making mistakes and losing, 38-26.
Leesburg played errorless football until late in the game.
And it's mistakes that Foster is concerned about tonight.
''They have the kind of speed that if we make mistakes, they are going to score,'' Foster said. ''Last
year, we broke down because we got tired. We're in better condition this year.
''We've been working hard on our containment and pass defense because they like to throw long. We
just have to hope that our young people will keep their wits about them.''