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Leesburg Yellow Jackets vs. Oviedo Lions, High School Football Game

Oviedo Zips Past Leesburg In Ot -- Remains Unbeaten

October 1, 1988|By Joe Williams of The Sentinel Staff
Orlando Sentinel
Updated: Thursday, July 30, 2015, 4:25 p.m.

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LEESBURG — Chad Duncan caught a 9-yard touchdown pass from Matt Blanton on the second play of
the overtime period to lift Oviedo to a 28-21 victory over Leesburg in a Class AAAA, District 7 game
Friday night played before about 2,500 fans at Memorial Field.

Oviedo's defense then held Leesburg (1-2, 0-1) on four downs to give the Lions (4-0, 1-0) their fourth
consecutive come-from-behind victory this season.

According to Florida High School Activities Association rules, both teams are given a chance to break a
tie with four plays beginning at the 10. Leesburg won the coin toss and chose to play defense first.

Oviedo's Frank Diaz, who rushed for 116 yards on 24 carries, gained 1 yard on the first play.

Leesburg used halfback Undra Mitchem, who had 100 yards on 21 carries, on its first three plays. But
Mitchem could get the ball only to the 6. On fourth down, quarterback Greg Engle's pass to Willie
Dickens was broken up at the goal line by Duncan and Dana Allen.

''We felt like we had to get by this game to contend for the district championship,'' Oviedo Coach Jack
Blanton said. ''But we still have two tough games left with Sanford Seminole and Edgewater.''

Oviedo took a 21-14 lead by scoring two fourth-quarter touchdowns, the first on a 1-yard run by Diaz and
the second on a 3-yard run by Preston Dames. But Leesburg tied the score with 3:32 remaining on a
controversial 35-yard touchdown pass to Dickens, his third touchdown reception of the game. Oviedo's
Duncan appeared to intercept the ball in the end zone.

''It wasn't a touchdown,'' Blanton said. ''And, I'm not just saying that because it went against us. Our guy
caught the ball and then when they fell out of bounds, the split end fell on top of him. The split end did
an excellent job.''

Oviedo dominated most of the first half, but for the fourth consecutive game, the Lions entered halftime
trailing. This time it was 14-7.

Engle hit on two touchdown passes in the final three minutes of the second quarter. A 36-yard pass to
Dickens, who caught the ball just behind a gambling Hector Diaz who made a diving attempt at an
interception, tied the score, 7-7, with 2:48 remaining.

Then, one play after Tommy Willis recovered a fumble by Matt Blanton that was caused by defensive
end Bryant Reed's hit, Engle hit Dickens on a 48-yard touchdown pass with 1:17 remaining in the half.

Oviedo also had two field-goal attempts in the first half, but Ron Worst missed both attempts. His first
one, from 37 yards, was wide to the left and his second attempt, a 35-yarder, missed to the right.