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Leesburg Yellow Jackets vs. Umatilla Bulldogs, High School Football Game
Physical battle goes to Leesburg
By Robyn Disney
August 28, 2004
Updated: Sunday, November 27, 2016, 7:06 p.m.
LEESBURG - This is the team Charles Nassar has waited for since taking the helm at Leesburg in
The Yellow Jackets played a rough, physical game in their 39-30 win against Umatilla in the Kickoff
Classic Friday night at H.O. Dabney Stadium.
In a run that set up a touchdown, Tyler Hill dragged two Bulldogs 5 yards. The Yellow Jackets' defense
caused and recovered four fumbles. Heck, even quarterback Tyler Hill (6-foot-2, 180 pounds) got a few
big hits while rushing the ball for 67 yards.
"It all goes back to the weight room," Nassar said. "The weight room not only builds strength and
stamina, it builds confidence. If the players feel strong, they'll play strong. The whole team trains hard. If
they don't, they don't play."
The Yellow Jackets took the lead for good with 5 minutes, 49 seconds left in the game when Hill ran 5
yards for the touchdown and converted a two-point conversion to put Leesburg up 36-30. That series
started on the Umatilla 20 when Umatilla fumbled the ball for the fourth time and Leesburg recovered.
With less than 23 seconds left in the game, Lance Pemble's 38-yard field goal barely went over the
crossbar to put the Yellow Jackets up by 9.
"He's just an awesome kicker," Nassar said. "He's so confident in his ability. I've never had a kicker like
him who wants to practice all the time. He's always out there working on his punts, field goals and
kickoffs. He's a great kid and only a sophomore."
The game went back and forth in the first three quarters, with Umatilla taking a 30-28 lead going into the
The Bulldogs got that lead with 1:33 in the third when Dexter Hill ran 4 yards on a quarterback keeper.
But Umatilla, which does not have a placekicker, did not make a two-point conversion all night.
The Bulldogs found themselves down 28-24 when Shon Gunn, who carried the ball six times for 52
yards, rushed 5 yards for a touchdown and Pemble converted his final PAT.
Five minutes prior to Leesburg's touchdown, junior running back Marcus Weatherspoon, who carried
the ball three times that series for 40 yards, capped it off with a 3-yard touchdown to give Umatilla a
Despite losing two fumbles in the second quarter, the Bulldogs were only down by 3 going into halftime.
Umatilla cut that lead to 3 with 18.1 seconds when senior Charles Dobson found a hole and rushed 15
yards into the end zone.
"We did a lot of good things tonight," said Umatilla coach Ron Timson. "We had a couple of good drives,
but we still made too many mistakes to win the game."
Two of those mistakes were consecutive fumbles in the second quarter. The first one was recovered by
Leesburg defensive back Mark Smith, who ran the ball 60 yards up the field for the touchdown to make
the score 21-12. The next time Umatilla got the ball, it fumbled again. This time, the Yellow Jackets
miscommunicated on a lateral, and Umatilla recovered.
Both the Leesburg and Umatilla JV teams played the first quarter. Yellow Jackets quarterback Marquez
Porter scored both touchdowns for Leesburg as it took a 14-12 lead. Porter had six carries for 105
yards. For Umatilla, Stacey Sales carried the ball six times for 82 yards and one rushing touchdown. He
scored the other on a 92-yard kickoff return to cut the Yellow Jackets lead to 2.
"Charles (Nassar) has put together one of the toughest teams I've seen at Leesburg," Timson said. "I
think if they stay healthy, they have a good chance of winning their district. That's how good I think they