Leesburg Beats Umatilla In Debut For New Coach, Page 1, Thursday, May 21, 2015, Leesburg High School, 1401 Yellow Jacket Way, Leesburg, Florida 34748, Gerald Lacey, Staff Writer, Carver Heights Quarterback Club
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Leesburg Beats Umatilla In Debut For New Coach, Page 1, Thursday, May 21, 2015, 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. Mount Dora Hurricanes, High School Football Game

Leesburg-mount Dora Could Be A Close One
Lake sports - GAME OF THE WEEK
September 17, 1999|By Herky Cush of The Sentinel Staff
Orlando Sentinel
Updated: Saturday, May 23, 2015, 3:53 p.m.

MOUNT DORA - Records aside, there appears to be no clear-cut favorite in tonight's
non-district game between Leesburg and Mount Dora.

Two days of practice were scrapped by the School Board when it ruled there would be
no athletic events on Tuesday and Wednesday. That figures to set both teams back a
few notches.

Leesburg comes in with a pair of victories, including a 47-13 romp last week. Mount
Dora evened its record at 1-1 with a 22-15 victory over Tavares last week.

``It naturally hurts both of us,'' Leesburg Coach Bud O'Hara said. ``They do a few more
things on offense, so it might be a little more difficult for us to prepare for them.''

O'Hara compares Mount Dora's size to that of Umatilla. In a preseason jamboree,
Leesburg prevailed 33-20 against Umatilla.

``Both of them are very big,'' O'Hara said. ``I do not know how we are going to be able to
move them. We did not have much success doing it against Umatilla.''

To do a better job against Mount Dora, O'Hara believes he has to get his fullback,
Terence Pericles, more involved in the offense.

``We have not done too good a job getting him free,'' O'Hara said. ``We have to get him
going. That will open things up in other areas for us.''

O'Hara said he liked getting the ball 15 times a game to junior running back Deleon
Dawson as he did in the 47-13 romp over Ocala Forest last week. Dawson scored three
touchdowns in the victory.

Also helping open things up has been the continued improvement of first-year
quarterback Ronnie Jo Franklin. Last week, Franklin broke off a 72-yard run for a
touchdown and caught a touchdown pass from Jason Currington. In his first game of the
season, Franklin threw for a touchdown in a victory over Eustis.

O'Hara believes the team has to improve on defense.

``The kids have really played hard on defense in both games,'' O'Hara said. ``But we
cannot continue to give up the early score, as we have done in both games.

``There may come a time when one touchdown is all that is scored in the game, and we
have to be the one who gets it.''

Mount Dora Coach Craig Cosden said the biggest selling job the Leesburg coaches
have done is getting their players to believe in themselves.

``That's how you turn things around,' Cosden said. ``Getting the kids to believe in
themselves. That's what helps kids start to win.''

The two days of ``vacation'' could not have come at a worse time, according to Cosden.

``We had our worst practice of the year on Monday,'' Cosden said. ``We just did not get
a lot of things done the way I wanted.

``Leesburg has too many weapons for us to have that kind of a practice. Now, we
basically have just one day of practice to get things going. It is going to be very difficult.''

While Leesburg has come through the first two weeks of the season in great health, the
Hurricanes are hurting, especially on the defensive side. Lost for this week are nose
guard Justin Phillip (broken thumb), linebacker Thomas Calhoun (broken hand) and free
safety Chris Kelly (shoulder separation). In addition, another defensive back, Jack
Dunn, is listed as doubtful with a bruised rib.

``We are going to shift a few people around,'' Cosden said.

Hurricanes fullback Kendrix Jones rushed for over 100 yards and two touchdowns in last
week's victory over Tavares.

Quarterback Steve Brown will be a little more at ease this week. Brown missed the first
game of the season, but returned last week when it was determined his knee injury
would not require surgery.

He may have to pass the ball more than the five times he did last week to open the
Leesburg defense. But should he do so, he will have to be extra careful against a
Leesburg defense that has returned an interception for a touchdown in each of its first
two games.

Brown threw for over 900 yards last year, his first as the starting quarterback for the
Hurricanes.

But the major problems for the Hurricanes may come on the defensive side of the ball.

``It is going to be difficult to handle Leesburg,'' Cosden said. ``I believe they will be the
toughest team we play this season.''