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2004 All-State Football Teams, 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. Groveland South Lake Eagles, High School Football Game

Hard-luck Leesburg Will Try To Get 1st Victory

September 15, 2004|By Joe Williams, Sentinel Staff Writer
Orlando Sentinel
Updated: Monday, June 29, 2015, 12:39 p.m.

LEESBURG -- For those who look solely at the bottom line, Leesburg's start to the 2004 football
season has not been good. The Yellow Jackets will take a 0-2 record into their Class 4A, District 6
opener at home this Friday night against South Lake.

But look beyond the bottom line, and you see a Yellow Jackets team that easily could be 2-0.

Leesburg has lost its first two games by a total of eight points -- one of those a one-point 35-34
overtime loss to Eustis, the other a 30-23 loss to Mount Dora. If two or three plays had gone a different
way in each game, the Yellow Jackets could be undefeated.

In fact, Leesburg has had the lead in both of its games in the fourth quarter. Eustis, however, put
together a 79-yard drive midway through the fourth quarter to tie Leesburg at 28 and send the game
into overtime. Against Mount Dora, fourth-quarter touchdown runs of 53 yards by Rashad Cummings
and 62 yards by John Steadman helped wipe out two Leesburg leads.

Both were terrific high school games and a tribute to the players who have been able to maintain their
focus through the disruptions of hurricanes Charley, Frances and Ivan.

"Lake County football is strong," Mount Dora Coach Tim Smith said. "Our district is strong, top to
bottom. And Leesburg, East Ridge and South Lake all have strong programs as well."

As disappointing as it was for Leesburg to take its second tough loss in as many weeks, Mount Dora
was just happy to be able to get a game in -- picking up a hard-fought victory was an added bonus. The
Hurricanes had their season-opener against Trinity Prep postponed the previous week and had not
played in two weeks.

A postponement of a second game would have left Mount Dora untested heading into this week's big
Class 2A, District 4 game at home against Tavares, the district's preseason favorite.

Though Mount Dora could do nothing with its first possession, the Hurricanes looked sharp on their
next possession, taking full advantage of a Leesburg fumble. Mount Dora went 53 yards with fullback
Jerry Wimes getting six carries on the 14-play drive before Steadman scored on a 9-yard carry.

The touchdown was the first of two for Mount Dora that came after Leesburg turnovers.

The second came on a 47-yard return of an interception by Marcus Durias at the 10:08 mark of the third
quarter.

Throughout the game, Mount Dora simply did the things it needed to do to win. Mount Dora's defense,
which had struggled to control Leesburg's running attack most of the game, came up with the big plays
when it needed to.

The Hurricanes' defense made two big stops in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter to end any
threats of a Leesburg comeback.

Leesburg's offense certainly has held up its end of the deal, even if it was unable to get first downs on
two fourth-down and short-yardage situations in the final two minutes of the fourth quarter against
Mount Dora. And the Yellow Jackets' offense seemed to disappear in the second half of its opener after
scoring on all four possessions in the first half against Eustis and building a 28-13 lead.

Still, it is hard to fault an offense that has put an average of 28.5 points on the board in two games.

Tyler Hill, Leesburg's first-year quarterback, seems to have adjusted well to the complexities of running
the veer offense, learning when to hand-off, when to pitch the ball and when to keep it. Hill has rushed
for 253 yards in two games. He also has been fairly effective when asked to pass, connecting on
7-of-14 passes for 129 yards and a touchdown.

Fullback Shon Gunn had 79 yards rushing against Eustis and 116 yards against Mount Dora.

But Leesburg's defense has had some problems stopping teams, particularly late in the game. While
Leesburg has allowed only 20 points in the first half, 45 points have been give up in the second half.

The Yellow Jackets have not allowed a completed pass, but they have given up 515 yards rushing --
207.5 yards a game.

In two games, Leesburg has allowed three 100-yard rushing performances. Eustis quarterback Joe
Burnett had 101 yards and Mount Dora's Cummings and Steadman had 107 and 100 yards,
respectively.