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Leesburg Yellow Jackets vs. Wildwood Wildcats, High School Football Game
Leesburg feels right at home, tops Wildwood
By Rick Reed
Daily Commercial Staff Writer
October 5, 2001
Updated: Saturday, November 12, 2016, 12:46 p.m.
Wildwood started strong and ended strong but in between the Wildcats were the perfect homecoming
guests as Leesburg trounced the Wildcats, 45-6, in its 2001 homecoming game.
His team didn't exactly play the way coach Bud O'Hara wanted it to play, but he was pleased with the
effort of senior quarterback Jermaine Orr, who made the switch to calling the signals this year after
playing for years as a receiver.
"He moved from a position he loved to be our quarterback for the good of the team," said O'Hara.
"He's an unselfish kid."
In addition to running the offense, Orr picked up 146 yards rushing. And he scored a pair of
touchdowns on runs of 18 and 1 yard.
Orr already had amassed 107 yards on 10 carries at halftime as the Yellow Jackets (4-1, 1-1) built a
17-0 lead. He carried only two more times the rest of the game.
"What he (Orr) does is give us another threat," said O'Hara. "He's like having an extra running back.
He has great speed."
Orr also returned a punt for 48 yards.
The Wildcats (0-6, 0-2) looked like they would get on the board first after taking the opening kickoff
and moving the ball from their 20-yard line to the Jackets' 8-yard line.
That's where the Wildcats' drive stalled and Jackie Martin's 24-yard field-goal attempt just missed
when it hit the left upright.
And that's as close as the Wildcats would come until the last play of the game when quarterback
Bobby Williams connected with receiver Terrence Freeman on a 9-yard touchdown pass.
In between, five Leesburg runners scored touchdowns, including Orr who had two, and sophomore
kicker Stephen Malinda kicked six extra points and a 32-yard field goal.
Tony Fields got Leesburg on the scoreboard with a 4-yard run to cap an 80-yard, 13-play drive with
two minutes left in the first quarter.
Orr ran 18 yards midway through the second quarter to make it 14-0. And Malinda booted his field
goal with three minutes left in the half.
Derrick Byrd got the Jackets on the scoreboard quickly in the second half when he ran 27 yards with
just a minute gone.
Corrie Kelly ran 5 yards and scored for the Jackets less than three minutes later to make it 31-0.
By that time, the coaches agreed to let the clock continue running. But Orr scored once more and
Howard Russell also scored on a 3-yard run.
O'Hara had hoped to pass more, but Orr only threw eight times, all in the first quarter. Still, O'Hara
was happy with the win.
"It was a great homecoming victory for our community," he said. "This was the biggest crowd since
I've been here."