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Leesburg Yellow Jackets vs. Groveland South Lake Eagles, High School
A fond farewell
Daily Commercial Staff Writer
November 1, 2001
Updated: November 12, 2016, 7:12 p.m.
The end of a roller-coaster, thrill-a-minute high school football regular season comes tonight.
And for the majority of the teams in Lake and Sumter counties, tonight is also the last time the seniors
will fight to the end for their respective schools.
The Leesburg Yellow Jackets (6-3, 3-2 4A-4) are vying for the wild card spot in Class 4A-District 4
playoffs but the South Lake Eagles (4-5, 3-3 5A-4) are standing in the way -- and won't be a pushover. If
Leesburg wins tonight in Groveland, their season will most likely continue next weekend.
Yellow Jackets coach Bud O'Hara isn't 100 percent sure what his team needs to do to get into the
playoffs, but he feels they are right on the border.
"We think we are real close to the playoffs," O'Hara said. "We've got as good a chance as anyone."
The Eagles have had a difficult run but have turned things around towards the end. After losing its first
three games, South Lake rebounded to win four of its last six contests. Senior tight end Matt Boyack
went down with a season ending knee injury a few weeks ago, but it seems the Eagles have picked up
"It's been up and down this year," South Lake coach Charles Weems said. "We've played a more
difficult schedule than in the past, but the kids fought through it and didn't quit."
Both teams boast a slew of skill positions. For the Eagles, Perry Garrett is second in Lake and Sumter
Counties with 809 yards and 12 touchdowns. Brothers Jarriel and Jarrett Lewis are excellent athletes,
and the Eagles' size on both sides of the ball is a concern for O'Hara.
For Leesburg, Jermaine Orr is a threat to run or pass, and the Yellow Jackets also have several strong
backs to gain yardage. According to Weems, while watching film on two games, Leesburg tallied 130
plays on offense.
"That is a testament to the strength of their defense," Weems said. "They are one of our biggest rivals,
though I don't think we are one of theirs. It just comes down to who executes better on Friday."
South Sumter (7-2, 5-0 2A-5) won its fifth consecutive district title, and battles with 4A-4 power Ocala
After squeaking by Eustis (4-5, 3-2 2A-5) 21-13 last week, Mount Dora will tangle with 1-8 Interlachen.
"They play hard and can beat us," Mount Dora coach Craig Cosden said. "They are coming off of win
and will emotionally high. I am looking forward to seeing seniors playing in last game.
"It should be interesting to see if they have the same level of intensity as last week or if they just play it
Hurricanes senior quarterback Broc Cosden has complied 1,455 yards and 12 touchdowns through
In other area action, Eustis takes on Lecanto (5-4), Wildwood (2-7, 2-3 2A-5) battles with Dunnellon
(7-2), Tavares (2-7, 0-5 2A-5) travels to Lake Weir (0-9) and Umatilla (5-4, 3-2 2A-5) hosts Crescent