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Three teams will play 'bowl' game

By Adam Minichino
Daily Commercial
October 31, 2006
Updated: Friday, February 17, 2017, 8:12 p.m.

Three Lake County High Schools will help kick off the football "bowl" season a little early.

The Leesburg, Tavares and South Lake football teams finalized plans this week to add one more game
to their schedules next week.

Leesburg, a Class 4A school, will host Class 6A Orlando Colonial at 6 p.m. Nov. 8, while Tavares will
host Jacksonville Episcopal and South Lake will host Davenport Ridge Community School at 7 p.m.
Nov. 9.

The Florida High School Athletic Association allows teams that have a .500 record by Oct. 30 and that
are eligible for district competition to schedule an additional game.

The FHSAA also mandated that the "bowl" games be played Nov. 8, 9 or 11 so there wouldn't be a
conflict with the start of the football regional quarterfinals and semifinals.

Leesburg coach Charles Nassar said Tavares coach George Sneed first contacted him last week
about the possibility of playing an additional game.

Nassar said he was interested but wanted to play a team his squad hadn't faced this season. He
finalized the details for the game against Orlando Colonial on Wednesday morning.

"Any opportunity to play another game gets the kids fired up," said Nassar, when asked how his players
responded to the idea of playing another game. "It is a no-lose situation for us. If we win the game, we
upset a big 6A opponent. If not, we weren't supposed to do it."

Leesburg (5-4, 2-3 Class 4A-District 6) plays South Lake (5-4, 0-3 Class 3A-District 7) at 7:30 p.m.
Friday.

Nassar said this is the first time he has had an opportunity to play in a "bowl" game. He jumped at the
chance to play an 11th game because it is a reward for his players, who have competed in a tough
district.

"We approach game day as a payday," Nassar said. "With all of the hard work the kids put in, this is an
opportunity for them to have some fun and have one more payday."

Nassar said he doesn't plan to experiment against Orlando Colonial and that he doesn't want to use
the game only to build momentum for next year.

South Lake coach Charles Weems, whose team won its first four games of the season and is now
riding a three-game losing streak, plans to approach the game the same way. The "bowl" game also
will be the first in Weems' coaching career.

"When you have been where we have been the past two years, anytime you get an opportunity to play a
postseason ballgame is a big deal for them," Weems said.

South Lake was winless in 2004 and 3-7 in 2005.

Sneed echoed Nassar's and Weems' sentiments. The Bulldogs (5-4, 1-2 Class 3A-District 7) have
rebounded from a 24-7 loss to Orlando Bishop Moore on Oct. 13 with victories against Umatilla and
South Lake.

Tavares plays at Mount Dora at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Sneed said he made a dozen calls or e-mails before he finalized a game with Jacksonville Episcopal.
This also will be Sneed's first experience with a "bowl" game, and he said the game will give his
seniors one more chance to shine.

"We're going to try to do something special for the kids," Sneed said. "We want to celebrate our season
and to celebrate the kids."