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Leesburg Yellow Jackets vs. Orlando Cypress Creek Bears, High School Football Game
Players Keep Eye On The Ball, Even Without Coach
September 20, 1992|By Herky Cush Of The Sentinel Staff
Updated: Monday, May 4, 2015, 10:22 a.m.
Leesburg assistant coach George Fuller was delighted that the Yellow Jackets kept their minds on
football Friday in a 63-0 win over Cypress Creek.
It would have been easy for the Yellow Jackets to be distracted because coach Ed Hoffman was
hospitalized with a broken ankle.
Hoffman, scheduled for surgery Friday morning, had that procedure delayed because he was running a
low-grade fever. He sustained the injury during practice Wednesday when defensive back Herbert Ellis
ran into him.
''We think it (surgery) might be done in the morning (Saturday),'' said Fuller. ''We are hoping he can
return for the Auburndale game.''
The delay in operating on Hoffman's ankle may prevent him from returning to the team this week.
There's a chance he may not be well enough to make the trip to Auburndale.
''We need to have Ed back here coaching,'' Fuller said. ''We need to have things back to normal
because Auburndale is going to be a tough game.''
Auburndale defeated Leesburg last year, 28-26.
Whether it has been by accident or luck, Umatilla's Lawrence Clark has put together back-to-back good
games. In the Bulldogs' opening game, Clark rushed only three times for 65 yards and a touchdown.
He also returned a kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown.
This Friday, he got the ball a little more often and again rewarded Umatilla coach Bernie Carney. Clark
rushed for 171 yards on 14 carries and scored another touchdown and a 2-point conversion on a pass.
Clark is averaging 13.9 yards per carry (17 for 236) but Carney said there isn't any new emphasis to get
him the ball more.
''It's not designed for him to get the ball more than anyone else,'' Carney said about his Delaware
Wing-T offense. ''Any one of our four backs can do well. It has just so happened that when Clark has
gotten the ball, he has benefitted from some pretty good blocking.''
Clermont coach Bruce Kregloe can't help but wonder what might have happened if his Highlanders
hadn't committed so many turnovers in Friday's night 24-17 loss to St. Cloud. They seemed in control
with a 14-0 lead in the second quarter, but saw it evaporate into a halftime tie.
They regained the lead, 17-14, with a solid drive opening the third quarter, but then lost four
consecutive fumbles, which allowed the Bulldogs to come back and win. Making it even more
frustrating was how few of those fumbles were forced: They either resulted from flubbed snaps or
loose carries, the kind of mistakes that drive coaches crazy.
It certainly left Kregloe shaking his head.
One thing Kregloe can be pleased about was the Highlanders' passing game, which led to one
touchdown and set up that go-ahead field goal. Before he threw away several passes under pressure
on their final drive, quarterback Brian Roehn was having a statistically solid game. Still, he finished with
eight-of-18 passing for 146 yards, one TD and one interception.