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Leesburg Yellow Jackets vs. Orlando Edgewater Eagles, High School Football Game

SPORTS - GAME OF THE WEEK

Edgewater In Leesburg's Path

October 30, 1992|By Joe Williams, Of The Sentinel Staff
Orlando Sentinel
Updated: Wednesday, August 5, 2015, 1:20 p.m.



There are two things Leesburg High School football fans probably remember about last year's game
with Edgewater: The Stand and The Run.

Well, make that three things: The Victory.

The victory came by a score of 19-14 over an Edgewater team that at the time was unbeaten (6-0) and
ranked sixth in Class AAAA by the Florida Sports Writers Association and put the Yellow Jackets in
control of their own destiny in District 7.

Leesburg won the game because its defense, led by linebacker Ty Lawrence, made a big
game-ending goal line stand and a dramatic tackle-breaking run by Oran Singleton that turned a short
pass from Steve Gooden into an 18-yard touchdown play. Singleton bounced off six Edgewater tacklers
on his way into the end zone.

After the game, many thought Leesburg's football program under then-head coach Ken Weir had
arrived. Leesburg, however, lost to Seminole, 7-6, two weeks later forcing a three-way tie for the district
championship and then lost the title in a tiebreaker.

Tonight, the Yellow Jackets (6-1, 1-0) travel to Edgewater's new Eagles Stadium in Orlando for a 7:30
game. The situation is much the same although Edgewater is 3-3, 0-1. Leesburg must beat the Eagles
to have an outright shot at winning the district championship.

Once again, Leesburg enters the game feeling it has something to prove and, more importantly,
knowing that it needs a victory.

''The point being is that we still haven't arrived. We thought we did last year, but we didn't because we
didn't win the district,'' said Leesburg coach Ed Hoffman, who replaced Weir after he left to coach at
Stuart Martin County. ''We, as the coaching staff and the players, have one goal this year and that is to
win the district.

''That's why this game is the most important one we have played this year and, that's why, the game in
two weeks against Seminole will be so important.''

Leesburg, which has scored more than 40 points in its last three games and has a four-game winning
streak, couldn't enter this game in any better shape. Singleton, who now ranks second in the state
among running backs with 1,352 yards, has completely recovered from a sprained ankle he sustained
a week ago in school. Despite playing with the injury, Singleton rushed for 226 yards against Lake Weir
last week - his fourth consecutive 200-plus game.

Terrence Foy of Winter Park leads the state with 1,384 yards.

But Leesburg is more than just offense. The Yellow Jackets defense, which has shut out three
opponents and not allowed more than two touchdowns in any game, ranks fourth in Central Florida
giving up an average of 141.1 yards a game.

As great as Leesburg's victory over Edgewater was last season, the Yellow Jackets have spent little
time talking about it in preparation for this week's game. Hoffman said he couldn't see much point in
talking about the past and this Edgewater team is a much younger team than the one of a year ago.

''The maturity of this team (Leesburg's) is much, much more than it was last year,'' Hoffman said. ''The
kids know they have to win this thing. They also know that if it comes down to a tiebreaker, we will have
to travel again and that it is hard to win on the road.''

Leesburg players may know it is hard to win on the road, but they also know that is what they will have
to do tonight.