Cocoa Beach Minutemen Bomb Leesburg Jackets 34-19, Page 1, Sunday, November 12, 1967, Leesburg High School, 1401 Yellow Jacket Way, Leesburg, Florida 34748, Gerald Lacey, Staff Writer, Carver Heights Quarterback Club
Cocoa Beach Minutemen Bomb Leesburg Jackets 34-19, Page 1, Sunday, November 12, 1967, Leesburg High School, 1401 Yellow Jacket Way, Leesburg, Florida 34748, Gerald Lacey, Staff Writer, Carver Heights Quarterback Club
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Cocoa Beach Minutemen Bomb Leesburg Jackets 34-19, Page 1, Sunday, November 12, 1967, Leesburg High School, 1401 Yellow Jacket Way, Leesburg, Florida 34748, Gerald Lacey, Staff Writer, Carver Heights Quarterback Club
Cocoa Beach Minutemen Bomb Leesburg Jackets 34-19, Page 1, Sunday, November 12, 1967, Leesburg High School, 1401 Yellow Jacket Way, Leesburg, Florida 34748, Gerald Lacey, Staff Writer, Carver Heights Quarterback Club
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Leesburg Yellow Jackets vs. Mount Dora Hurricanes, High School Football Game

Leesburg Falls To Mount Dora
Game Day
Yellow Jackets `Played Hearts Out' But Lose To Hurricanes 20-6
September 13, 2003|By Shannon Rose, Sentinel Staff Writer
Orlando Sentinel
Updated: Thursday, May 7, 2015, 10:54 a.m

MOUNT DORA -- Rashad Cummings had plenty of empathy for Leesburg after the Yellow Jackets lost
one of their own this week in a car accident.

But Cummings and his Mount Dora Hurricanes showed no mercy on the football field, rolling to a 20-6
victory Friday night.

"What happened over there with Willie Tucker -- it was hard for us to play them because we knew what
they were going through," Cummings said. "We went through this a couple of years ago with Justin
Phillips. But you know, football is football. They played their hearts out. We played our hearts out."

With the death of Tucker, a senior linebacker on Monday, along with serious injuries to senior Howard
Russell, it was a tough night for both sides. But football was exactly what Leesburg coach Charles
Nassar thought his players needed.

"I think it was absolutely necessary for us to play," Nassar said. "Our hearts were in it. We wanted to
win. But mentally, we just couldn't pull it off."

But the Yellow Jackets came to play. It just wasn't enough to stop the speedy Cummings, who rushed
for 220 yards and one touchdown for the Hurricanes (2-0).

A 5-foot-8, 160-pound junior, Cummings benefited from a sturdy offensive line and the blocking of
Chris Foster.

He scored on a 35-yard run in the third quarter that put Mount Dora up 14-6. Junior John Steadman
added another touchdown late in the game on a 22-yard run.

Still, it was the defense that coach Tim Smith praised.

"That's probably the best defense I've had as a head coach," he said. "They come hit you."

After scoring early, Mount Dora chucked away a chance to go up by another touchdown in the second
quarter. It was a shame since Cummings had an explosive 49-yard run that put the Hurricanes at the
Leesburg 31.

But the drive was stopped when the ball popped free on second and 5 at the 15. Leesburg's Jeremy
McNish recovered and turned the opportunity into a huge turnaround.

The Jackets showed they weren't afraid of taking risks, either.

On the first snap, quarterback Bret Pitchford rolled out and tossed a deep pass to junior Trent
McKibben.

The play picked up 68 yards and took Leesburg down to the Hurricane 25.

On the next play, they faked to Shon Gunn, who has 71 yards, and Mount Dora's defense bought it.

Mount Dora took the opening drive 80 yards for a touchdown with 4:57 to play in the first quarter.

On fourth and goal, Mount Dora didn't hesitate to be aggressive early. Shawn Perry barreled into the
end zone from the 4, and then Cummings made it an 8-0 lead on the 2-point conversion run.