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Leesburg Yellow Jackets vs. Apopka Blue Darters, High School Football Game

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Pete Stella
Daily Commercial Staff Writer
Daily Commercial
September 20, 2001
Updated: Saturday, November 12, 2016, 9:29 p.m.

LEESBURG

The Leesburg Yellow Jackets, after fighting to the end in a 28-21 loss to Ocala Vanguard last Saturday,
won't have it any easier tonight.

Leesburg (2-1) welcomes Apopka to H.O. Dabney Stadium, but the Blue Darters are no little league
operation.

The Blue Darters are 3-0 overall and ranked third in the Class 6A prep football poll. Leesburg coach
Bud O'Hara has seen Apopka on film this week and knows they will be a difficult match-up for the
Yellow Jackets.

"They have a lot of numbers for one thing," O'Hara said. "They have 3,500 kids at their school and 55
guys on the varsity team. There are some good athletes on their team and are quick on defense."

O'Hara added that Apopka's strength on offense is running the football but they won't hesitate to throw
when the opportunity arises.

The Yellow Jackets have regrouped since Saturday's loss despite a shortened practice week and after
losing three starters against Vanguard.

Senior running back/linebacker Brian Clamon and senior defensive lineman Fred Self are both
sidelined with knee injuries. Senior tight end Craig Wyatt will also be out of action due to a ingrown
toenail that has not gone away, O'Hara said.

The injuries forced Leesburg to make personal changes and move kids around to different positions.

"We are putting kids in spots they have never played before," O'Hara said. "But they have all been very
unselfish with the transition."

Nevertheless, O'Hara said his team will be ready for Apopka. The Yellow Jackets must be very quick
and create some turnovers if they want to win, O'Hara said.

"We have got to get better on defense," he added. "We improved on offense last week but not on
defense. We have to quit giving the ball to the other team."

DUNNELLON (2-1) AT UMATILLA (2-1): The Umatilla Bulldogs have also regrouped nicely this week,
said coach Ron Timson, after a 33-8 loss to South Sumter Monday night. The Bulldogs fumbled on the
very first play of the game and the Raiders went on to score three first-half touchdowns.

Timson said after the South Sumter loss that his Bulldogs "got their butts kicked by a very good
football team." The coach has been pleased with his team's week of practice and are gearing up for
Dunnellon.

"They have 23 seniors on their team and are large in size," Timson said. "But we will be ready to go.
Our kids are glad to play at home this week."

Umatilla relies heavily on the run and will use as many as six backs to carry the ball. Against South
Sumter, the Raiders shutdown the run and forced the Bulldogs to open up the throwing game.
Umatilla sophomore quarterback Phillip Chatham had only attempted three passes going into the
South Sumter game. Chatham finished the South Sumter contest 2-for-7 for 41 yards.

After Monday's contest, Timson feels his team will use the pass a little more to take some pressure off
the run.

"Our strength is on the ground and our guys like to run the ball," Timson said. "But we want to keep
teams from putting ten guys in the box so we will look to throw some more. We want to give our
quarterbacks some chances to develop timing with the receivers."

THE REST OF THE STORY: South Lake (0-3) will host Kissimmee Gateway (0-3) and Eustis (1-2) will
travel to Lake Weir (0-3). Citrus (0-3) plays at Wildwood (0-3), Bishop Moore (1-2) travels to Tavares
(2-1), South Sumter (2-1) plays at Haines City (2-1) and Mount Dora (1-2) will face New Mexico's
Farmington High (1-1) at Disney World's Wild World of Sports Complex.

"They run a West Coast offensive style and have a quarterback who is 6-foot-4, 234 pounds who has a
great arm," Mount Dora coach Craig Cosden said of Farmington. "They throw the ball 90 percent of the
time and use the no huddle a lot. We've made some defensive adjustments to get ready to play their
scheme."