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Leesburg Yellow Jackets vs. Ocala Vanguard Knights, High School Football
Vanguard beats Leesburg
By Derek Gonsoulin
Daily Commercial Staff Writer
September 15, 2001
Updated: Saturday, November 12, 2016, 9:14 a.m.
The Leesburg High football team faced its first true test of the season Saturday night against Ocala
The Yellow Jackets took an early step back in the Class 4A-District 4 race by losing, 28-21, to the
Leesburg (2-1, 0-1) led, 14-7, at halftime but was dominated in the third quarter. Vanguard (3-0, 1-0)
scored on touchdown drives of 71 and 55 yards in the first 10 minutes of the second half to take a
"We quit making the mistakes we were making the first half," Vanguard coach Phillip Yancey said. "We
just got back to doing what we do."
Knights sophomore running back Brandon Crews rushed for 122 of his 153 yards in the second half.
He finished with two among his 24 carries.
"They just whooped our tail," Leesburg coach Bud O'Hara said of the second half. "(Crews is) a good
little running back. He's a tough kid."
The Yellow Jackets took their only lead on Jermaine Orr's 43-yard interception return with 10:09 to play
in the first half.
Leesburg, which outgained Vanguard, 106-41, in the first half, kept shooting itself in the foot. The
Yellow Jackets lost two fumbles and had an 84-yard punt return for a touchdown by Orr called back on
a block in the back.
O'Hara, whose team lost three fumbles, was intercepted once and had a botched punt late in the
second half, said the Yellow Jackets made to many mistakes to win.
"You can't turn the ball over four times and beat anybody," O'Hara said. "They've got 11 on offense and
11 on defense. We just can't do that here yet."
Leesburg fumbled on its third play from scrimmage, setting up a five-play, 20-yard Vanguard scoring
drive. Crews' 7-yard run gave the Knights a 7-0 lead four minutes into the game.
Leesburg rebounded with an 11-play, 72-yard drive capped by Tony Field's 9-yard touchdown run, tying
the score with 4:09 to play in the first quarter.
Both defenses effectively took over the rest of the half -- punctuated by Orr's interception return for a
Vanguard ran 19 of the first 22 plays in the third quarter in taking its 21-14 lead. The Knights were
driving for a third score in the second half when Orr intercepted a pass in the end zone early in the
Leesburg would have to punt on the ensuing drive, but a poor snap put Vanguard on the Yellow
Jackets' 30-yard line. The Knights would push the lead to 14 on Crews' 1-yard touchdown run with six
minutes to play.
The Yellow Jackets answered with a 75-yard touchdown drive to cut the lead to 28-21 but took five
minutes to score. When the onside kick failed, Vanguard only needed to kneel down twice to run off the
final 56 seconds.
O'Hara said his team is not out of the district title hunt yet.
"We found losing the first district game last year didn't end our season," said O'Hara, whose team
plays host to Apopka Friday. "I was pleased with our kids. Our kids could have quit tonight and but they