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Leesburg Yellow Jackets vs. Mount Dora Hurricanes, High School Football Game

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Pete Stella
Daily Commercial
September 6, 2001
Updated: Saturday, November 12, 2016, 8:52 p.m.

Crystal River 41. South Sumter 22.

The Raiders were handed a large defeat to open the season last Friday, much to the dismay of coach
Inman Sherman.

The Raiders gave up 399 yards on offense but displayed a somewhat balanced offensive attack.
Quarterback Earl Everett threw for 131 yards and South Sumter's running backs combined to gain 111
yards on the ground.

"We were playing a very good team," Sherman said. "They out-executed us but we got a little bit better
each quarter. We played our best football in the third quarter.

"Our biggest thing is we need to step up our level of play."

Sherman has seen some improvements throughout the week in practice, mostly on defense where
his team has troubles against Crystal River, and knows the Raiders can not back down an inch for
their next opponent.

South Sumter faces the South Lake Eagles tonight, a "very good football team" according to Sherman,
and one of the Raiders' big rivals.

"They play with a lot of intensity," Sherman said. "We need to be more physical on defense and get
more black jerseys to the ball. I wish our linebackers would run to the ball like their's do. That number
55 (Dustin Sparks) will take your head off."

South Lake was also handed a sizeable loss last week, 37-19 to Ocala Vanguard. The Eagles are
loaded with size, which Sherman says "jumps out at you", and are very explosive on offense.

Sherman said the score of the Vanguard-South Lake game is misleading, but Eagles coach Charles
Weems thinks the Raiders coach is hiding the truth.

"He's being nice," Weems said. "I appreciate that. I really do. Inman's a heck of a man and a heck of
coach. (Vanguard) dominated us. They really did. We've got some things to correct or this is going to
be a very long week."

Neither team started 0-2 last season and South Lake has begun the last two years 4-1. Weems said
his team is very aware of what is at stake tonight.

"We're playing a lot tougher schedule than last year -- it's just a part of our maturing as a program,"
Weems said. "We've got to go out, improve on our mistakes and do the best we can do.

"Our big thing offensively is not physical, it's mental."

The Lewis brothers, Jarriel and Jarrett, form one of the best tandem's in the area. Jarriel completed 18
of 30 passes for 213 yards and a score in the loss, including eight strikes to his brother for 84 yards.
Jarrett also gained 34 yards on the ground.

LAKE COUNTY'S BEST?: Leesburg turned in an impressive performance last Friday and handily
defeated Eustis 48-20. The Yellow Jackets will tangle with Mount Dora tonight.

Hurricanes coach Craig Cosden can foresee a war.

"We can't really prepare for them," said Cosden, whose squad fell to Dunnellon 14-12 last week. "Its
hard to get ready for their speed. They are a quality program and I expect them to be in the state
playoffs this year."

Leesburg quarterback Jermaine Orr captained the Yellow Jackets offense while running and throwing
the pigskin. Orr also added a 65-yard punt return for a touchdown to open the fourth quarter and made
several stops from his defensive back position. Leesburg gained a total of 348 yards on offense and
held Eustis to 160 yards on the night.

Cosden knows his team is under some pressure, but he feels they are ready for it.

"We're under the gun, but we like that," he said. "We are going to learn a lot from our competition -- win
or lose."

OTHER AREA ACTION: Eustis (0-1) will entertain Frostproof; Ocala Forest travels to Wildwood (0-1),
which in eight quarters (including the Football Classic at Leesburg) has yet to score; Umatilla (1-0)
gets another warmup for district-rival South Sumter on Sept. 14 by battling against West Port; and
Tavares (1-0) is looking to do something unthinkable after going 1-19 the last two seasons -- be
undefeated through two weeks. The Bulldogs travel Interlachen (0-1), which lost 33-0 to Palatka in its
season opener.
















This article was provided by Gerald Lacey
Gerald Lacey is the senior sports writer covering Leesburg High School Sports for the Carver Heights
Quarterback Club. You can reach him at:
geraldlacey@leesburgyellowjacketsfootball.com