Leesburg Jackets Trample Winter Park 46 to 0, Page 1, Wednesday, November 12, 1961, Leesburg High School, 1401 Yellow Jacket Way, Leesburg, Florida 34748, Gerald Lacey, Staff Writer, Carver Heights Quarterback Club
Leesburg Jackets Trample Winter Park 46 to 0, Page 1, Wednesday, November 12, 1961, Leesburg High School, 1401 Yellow Jacket Way, Leesburg, Florida 34748, Gerald Lacey, Staff Writer, Carver Heights Quarterback Club
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Leesburg Jackets Trample Winter Park 46 to 0, Page 1, Wednesday, November 12, 1961, Leesburg High School, 1401 Yellow Jacket Way, Leesburg, Florida 34748, Gerald Lacey, Staff Writer, Carver Heights Quarterback Club
Leesburg Jackets Trample Winter Park 46 to 0, Page 1, Wednesday, November 12, 1961, Leesburg High School, 1401 Yellow Jacket Way, Leesburg, Florida 34748, Gerald Lacey, Staff Writer, Carver Heights Quarterback Club
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Leesburg Yellow Jackets vs Umatilla Bulldogs, High School Football Game

Kickoff Classics Getting Neighborly

Once Used To Matchup Against Distant Opponents, Teams Now Stick Closer To
Home For The Preseason Prep Football Games.

August 28, 1998|By Joe Williams of The Sentinel Staff
Orlando Sentinel
Updated: Tuesday, May 19, 2015, 10:35 a.m.

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The Kickoff Classic, Florida's version of preseason high school football, started only three years ago
but already there has been a dramatic change in the philosophy.

When the first classics were played in 1995, many local schools picked distant opponents: Leesburg
played New Port Richey Gulf; New Port Richey Ridgewood traveled to Eustis and Tavares went to
Frostproof.

The idea was to get away from home, play an opponent you normally wouldn't be able to schedule and
make it harder for your local opponents to scout your team and evaluate your talent early in the season.

Now, teams are staying local.

Tonight's Kickoff Classics are all against opponents in the Lake and Sumter counties area: Tavares at
South Lake at 7 p.m.; Umatilla at Leesburg, and Mount Dora at Wildwood, both at 7:30 p.m.

Junior varsity teams will play the first quarters in the games at South Lake and Leesburg.

``I would rather play local,'' South Lake coach Bruce Kregloe said. ``I like to keep it as a scrimmage.
That is why I like to have the jayvee playing the first quarter. I don't want it to become such a competitive
game where everyone gets caught up in the score.

``You want to win, but sometimes it is more important just to work on some things and analyze how
your players are performing.''

Eustis' football coach Rick Darlington, whose team played Class 3A South Sumter in a Kickoff Classic
Thursday night, said the Panthers have played the Raiders the past two years in the preseason game
because they haven't been able to find an agreeable date during the regular season.

``Really, what I would like to do is play a good, state-ranked Class 4A team, someone from outside the
area, and see where we stand with them, even though it is early in the season,'' Darlington said.

One main problem with playing teams from outside the area, especially in a preseason contest, is the
smaller gate.

Admission prices are set at a minimum of $4 a ticket by the Florida High School Activities Association.

The association receives 25 percent of the gross gate receipts while the host school gets 40 percent
and the visiting school 35 percent.

``We have to consider finances,'' Kregloe said. ``You need money in the athletic program, and we get a
lot bigger crowds if we play someone local.''

o tonight's games are all local matchups and should give fans a preview of what to expect this season.

Leesburg coach Bud O'Hara, beginning his second season, said he'll be eager to analyze the game
films.

``We need to make sure that we have everyone in the right spot, especially on defense. I'm not sure we
do, but this game will help us find that out,'' O'Hara said.

He said he's not sure his team can stop Umatilla quarterback Craig Davis.

``That's what these things are for. We are going to get tested, whether or not we are ready,'' he said.

After three weeks of practice, Mount Dora Coach Craig Cosden said his team is ready to play in a
game, even if it is one that doesn't count on the record.

``We just need to get out and see ourselves in action,'' Cosden said. ``We have some bugs and kinks
we need to work out. Defensively, we want to stop the big play. Our defense seems to like giving up the
big play. We are a very gracious team in that respect. Our defense needs to stop being so gracious.''

Some of the biggest questions of the early season swirl around South Lake, a team that went 1-9 last
season.

The Eagles had a potent offense, which averaged 318 yards a game but a porous defense, which
surrendered an average of 41.3 points a game. Now, many of South Lake's key offensive weapons
graduated.

But the team has looked good in practice.

``Our running game is pretty strong. I think consistency is my big concern,'' said Kregloe.

Defensive coordinator coach Wayne Cockroft is pleased with South Lake's effort, Kregloe said.

The strength of the defense should be up front, especially against the inside running game, he said.

``We have some depth problems, but as far as the starting 11 on both sides of the ball, we feel pretty
good,'' Kregloe said.