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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 Collide
Lake Sports
Heading Into Tonight's Matchup Of 2-0 Teams, Coach Bud O'hara Said Leesburg Must
Reduce Penalties.
September 15, 2000|By Joe Williams of The Sentinel Staff
Orlando Sentinel
Updated: Saturday, May 23, 2015, 3:56 p.m.

LEESBURG -- Bud O'Hara has been bothered by a sinus infection this week, but sinus
pressure has nothing to do with the headaches he has had the past two Friday nights.

Though the Yellow Jackets are undefeated (2-0) heading into tonight's game against
also undefeated Mount Dora (2-0) at Memorial Field/Hubert O. Dabney Stadium, there is
at least one obvious area where O'Hara said his team needs to improve: Cutting down
on penalties.

In two games, the Yellow Jackets have been penalized 24 times for 230 yards.

"We have to quit making so many mistakes,'' O'Hara said. "We made so many last week
against Forest [a 14-7 victory], I am still not sure we won that game. We had a 14-0
lead, we were driving the ball real well midway into the second quarter, maybe go up
21-0, and then we started to shoot ourselves in the foot with all these different penalties.

"I can't handle any penalties. I don't want a 5-yard penalty or a 15-yard penalty. We
have to get better.''

As for Mount Dora, the Hurricanes hope Leesburg's troubles continue and that O'Hara
needs an extra dose of aspirin after the game.

"We hope they continue that trend,'' Mount Dora Coach Craig Cosden said with a
chuckle. "We would like to encourage them to continue in that venture.''

The early success both teams have had may be among the biggest surprises in this
early season.

Leesburg's team has risen from the depths of a first day of practice when only 14
players were prepared to begin the season. Mount Dora's team, with a victory tonight,
could equal the number of victories the Hurricanes had all last season when they went
3-7.

Both teams have done it with speed and good defensive play.

Mount Dora sophomore Marcus Robinson leads Lake and Sumter counties in rushing,
averaging 135 yards a game while running behind a solid offensive line that includes
tight end Ernest Snead (6-1, 175), Josh Williams (6-2, 275), Adam Cosden (6-1, 202),
Jimbo Kinsey (6-0, 205) and Matt Oliver (5-10, 260).

"He worries me,'' O'Hara said of Robinson. "He's the kind of kid who can take it in any
time he touches the ball. In fact, they are a lot different team than they were last year. I
think they are quicker and they look to be more physical, too.''

Meanwhile, Leesburg has used its speed for big scoring plays and to set up touchdowns.

Counting the preseason Kickoff Classic, four of the six touchdowns the Yellow Jackets
have scored have come on plays of 27 yards or more a 27-yard pass from Derek
Burbank to Francis Cuyler, 39-yard pass from Burbank to Jermaine Orr, plus Orr's punt
returns of 91 and 54 yards.

Those plays illustrate the problem Mount Dora faces.

"Speed kills and they have enough of it to wipe out an entire nation,'' Cosden said.
"There is no way with their speed to absolutely contain them. What you try to do is
damage control. Maybe we can stay close and [kicker] Josh Johnson maybe can boot
the winner.''

Johnson has turned out to be one of Mount Dora's top weapons, kicking three field
goals and accounting for all the Hurricanes' points in a 9-7 victory over Pierson Taylor in
the season opener. Johnson added a fourth field goal last week in a victory over
Tavares.

With Orr's ability to return punts, the fact that Leesburg has had two punt attempts
blocked, and Johnson's ability to put the ball through the uprights, the game could turn
into one decided by special teams.

"I have never played a football game where special teams haven't played an important
role at some juncture,'' Cosden said. "Blocked punts can turn games around in a
second. So can punt returns for touchdowns. Our kids have been doing an excellent job
on Friday nights. Special teams is one third of the game.''

Whoever wins tonight's game, a 3-0 start to the season indeed would be special.