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Leesburg Yellow Jackets vs. Belleview Diamondback Rattlers, High School
Football Game

Leesburg, Belleview clash in key district game

By Byron Saucer
STAR-BANNER
Published: Friday, October 21, 2005 at 6:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, October 21, 2005 at 12:00 a.m.

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BELLEVIEW - The Diamondback Rattlers had to pick up a couple extra shifts, but they got the job done
last week.

Belleview knocked off Gainesville Eastside in four overtimes, 52-51, to set up tonight's Class 4A-District
6 showdown with Leesburg that will, for all intents and purposes, decide the postseason fate of the
league.

A win means the Rattlers need only beat a winless Lake Weir team next Friday to sew up the district
crown for the second consecutive season and host a first-round playoff game. A loss to the Yellow
Jackets, however, would bring the possibility of a three-team playoff into play if Eastside can knock off
Vanguard tonight and Leesburg next week.

Leesburg (6-1, 3-0) runs an option attack on offense, led by tailback Tory Harrison. The senior has
rushed for better than 1,300 yards and posted at least 100 yards in each game this season. Then
there's starting quarterback Mike Smith, who has thrown for 396 yards and five scores, but makes his
living running the option. Smith averages 65 yards a game on the ground and has scored 7 TDs along
the way.

After struggling during the first half last week against Forest, head coach Charles Nassar pulled Smith,
plugging in Marquez Porter in the third quarter. Porter engineered three scoring drives while rushing for
93 yards - including an 11-yard TD scamper - and directing the Jackets to their fifth straight victory.

"Both guys bring different strengths to the table," said Leesburg head coach Charles Nassar of his two
quarterbacks, adding that both Smith and Porter will likely see playing time.     
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This article was provided by Gerald Lacey
Gerald Lacey is the senior sports writer covering Leesburg High School Sports for the Carver Heights
Quarterback Club. You can reach him at:
geraldlacey@leesburgyellowjacketsfootball.com
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