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Leesburg running game overpowers Vanguard

BY RICHARD BURTON
SPECIAL TO THE STAR-BANNER
Published: Tuesday, October 9, 2007 at 6:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, October 9, 2007 at 7:13 a.m.

LEESBURG - Things started with a bang for Vanguard on Monday night against Leesburg when Kevin
Hardy ran back the opening kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown.

From there, the Yellow Jackets turned to its
Veer Option attack and churned out 383 yards on 60
carries in a 45-14 win over the Knights in a Class 4A-District 6 matchup at H.O. Daney Stadium.

Leesburg (4-2, 2-0) held the ball for 31 minutes and 17 seconds of the 48-minute game and converted
10-of-13 attempts on third down and made its only fourth down try in keeping Vanguard's offense off
the field.

The Knights (1-4, 0-2) did their best to get back in the game thanks to the legs of Leo Burgess (14
carries, 88 yards, one touchdown), but the Yellow Jackets rolled up 28 first downs and had four backs
finish with 40 yards or more on the ground.

"You've got to give the kids credit for wanting to win as bad as they do,"
Vanguard coach Will Holley
said. "It's going to take one of those nights where things go our way.

"This ain't no fun for nobody. This ain't no fun for me and it ain't no fun for the kids.

"I take all of the blame for us to play as bad in game where they aren't that much better than we are. It
really should not have gotten that far out of hand."

After Hardy's kickoff return, the Yellow Jackets marched 77 yards in 15 plays and took 8:01 off the clock
and got a 21-yard field goal from Dennis Williams.

Leesburg then recovered the ensuing onside kick and quarterback Rod Cosgrove (12 carries, 62
yards) scored the first of his four touchdowns from 6 yards out to jump start his team.

"We don't stop the run and don't run (the ball on offense) and that is the only thing that you*ve got to do
to be a successful high school football and we don't do either one of those things," Holley said.

Aside from Cosgrove, Lineil Graham (29 carries, 172 yards) and Danny Trevathan (10 carries, 93
yards), who has narrowed his college choices down to UCF and Arkansas for his play at linebacker,
were able to run the ball effectively.

The game was played Monday night, after the officials deemed the field unplayable due to water
standing on the field after a storm hit Lake County last Friday around 5;15 p.m.

"I was excited about (the chance to play Monday night) and I thought we were more ready to play today
than we were on Friday," Holley said. "Looking at it now, I don't know. Maybe we should have sloshed
around with them and let them fumble it a few times.

"That's not an excuse. It is exciting to play on Monday night. It's something you never get to do (in high
school) and we challenged the kids and they accepted it."

Down 24-7 at halftime, Vanguard recovered a fumble early in the third quarter and drove to the
Leesburg 6, before being intercepted in the end zone.

Burgess would score from 18 yards with 10:37 left in the game to give the Knights' offense, their lone
touchdown.

Jeff Hawkins had two catches for 47 yards, but Vanguard turned the ball over five times and had more
passes picked off (three) than completed (two).

After Hardy's kickoff return, Leesburg ran the first 20 plays of the night and held the ball for 10:16 of the
first quarter.

The Yellow Jackets outgained Vanguard 236-22 and held a 38-15 edge in total plays, thanks to the key
onside kick and their strong running attack.

Leesburg has now won the last two games with Vanguard at H.O. Dabney Stadium.

LEESBURG 45, VANGUARD 14 VANGUARD