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Pitchford's 2 Tds Lead Leesburg Over Lecanto
The Yellow Jackets' Junior Quarterback Ran The Triple Option Offense In A 42-12 Homecoming Victory.
October 4, 2003|By Ron Ellis, Special to the Sentinel
LEESBURG -- The Leesburg High Yellow Jackets celebrated a resounding homecoming victory over
the Lecanto Panthers Friday night. It was a game marked by Lecanto's inability to stop the triple option
spun by Leesburg quarterback Brett Pitchford.
Pitchford, a junior, managed two touchdowns in the first half running off an option and was the star
offensive player of the game.
Lecanto coach Richard Slack was well aware of the Yellow Jacket offense.
"I've never seen a team run a triple option as goods as Leesburg," he said.
His assessment was accurate as Leesburg's offense scored three consecutive touchdowns in the
first half, including two of Pitchford's keepers, and a 36-yard run up the middle by junior fullback Mike
Jenkins on their third possession.
The fourth touchdown for Leesburg came after defensive back Larry Foster intercepted a Panthers
pass in the flat and sprinted untouched on a 28-yard touchdown return with 7:08 left in the second
Lecanto mustered only one effective drive in the second quarter off a 71-yard bomb to senior wide
receiver Pete Collins. Though covered, Collins managed to snatch the ball from the defender,
thwarting an easy interception.
Their drive soon ran out of steam when a fake field-goal attempt fell apart.
At times, the Lecanto defense showed signs of inspiration. Junior linebacker Wayne Babyak stopped
a Leesburg drive at the Lecanto 11-yard line with an excellent open-field tackle, dislodging the ball
from running back Mike Jenkins.
Another standout for Lecanto was defensive back Richard Chenney, who was not officially listed on the
team rosters but came away with the most tackles.
Third-quarter action was major Leesburg substitution and more touchdowns. Senior fullback Joe
Perry scored on a 1-yard run.
The second half showed a large gap in Leesburg's defensive secondary. In every other drive, Lecanto
quarterback C.J.Osborn found a receiver open by a step or two, only to overthrow in haste.
"Our team is young, very young, and I tried to play everybody," said Leesburg coach Charles Nassar.