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Leesburg Yellow Jackets vs. Brooksville Hernando Leopards

Leesburg ups intensity

By Joe Williams
Sentinel Staff Writer
Orlando Sentinel
October 16, 2009
Updated: Friday, November 25, 2009, 9:05 p.m.

This may be only Week No. 7 of the high school football season, but Leesburg is approaching tonight's
game at 7:30 at Brooksville Hernando as though this was a playoff game. And, in a sense for both
teams, it is.

The two Class 3A, District 6 opponents know neither can afford another district loss.

Both Leesburg (4-2 overall, 2-1 in district) and Hernando (3-2, 2-1) are among four teams -- Brooksville
Nature Coast and Crystal River are the two others -- tied with the same district record in the eight-team
district.

They're chasing Dunnellon (5-1, 3-0) for the league lead.

That district picture could be altered dramatically after tonight -- Dunnellon plays Nature Coast and
Eustis plays Crystal River in two other big games -- but for now every team knows that a second loss in
the district will knock them out of a shot at a playoff spot, which goes to the district champ and
runner-up.

"We put ourselves behind the 8-ball losing to Nature Coast [23-18 two weeks ago]," said Leesburg
Coach Charles Nassar, whose team is playing its fourth of seven consecutive district games.
"Because of that, they are all playoff games from here on out. We can't afford another loss."

In Hernando, the Yellow Jackets will be facing a team coached by John Palmer, the son of Florida
coaching legend Dub Palmer, the former Wildwood, Eustis, Tavares coach who is in the FACA Hall of
Fame. John Palmer's first head coaching position came in 1999 when he was hired as Eustis' head
coach. Palmer coached the Panthers for two seasons before taking a position at Port St. Joe.

Coincidentally, the principal at Eustis who gave Palmer his first head coaching position was Bill Miller,
now the principal at Leesburg.

Hernando, whose first loss in the district was a 23-16 decision to Dunnellon two weeks ago, is a
ground-oriented offense led by junior running back Alvin Delaine, who has rushed for 770 yards and 12
TDs this season. He is averaging 8.2 yards per carry and 154 yards per game. Marlin Smith, another
junior is No. 2 on the team in rushing with 282 yards and 1 score.

"They run a little bit of everything offensively, the wing-T, they run the option," Nassar said. "They
certainly are a running team. I would say they run the ball 85 to 90 percent of the time. They try to get the
ball out to Delaine. He is a good back who is very, very dangerous out in the open field and he uses a
lot of cutbacks."

Leesburg is a team that is primarily a triple-option offense, but the Yellow Jackets have recently gone to
a single-wing offense in the red zone (inside the 20-yard line). Senior QB Efrain Negron, leads the
Yellow Jackets on the ground with 514 yards and running back Luther McDowell has 469 yards. Jalen
Dozier has 298 yards rushing and Malcolm Belton has 277 yards on the ground.

Defensively, Leesburg, which only has two seniors starting, has struggled with missed tackles this
season.

"We have had two things that just have been glaring this season, missing tackles and the lack of
productivity in the red zone," Nassar said. "Our problems in the red zone really hurt us against Mount
Dora [a 20-14 OT loss], Nature Coast and against Bishop Moore, though we did win that game [35-34].

"So we've gone to the single-wing. We had our QB playing the blocking back position, but now we're
taking out our QB and using a true blocking back and it has helped. It has become our red zone
offense. We run a very small package out of it, six runs and three passes. But, to me, it's no different
than teams who get into the red zone and go into their power package. It' our power package."

Leesburg nearly was knocked out of the district chase a week ago, falling behind Eustis 13-0 in the
first half before rallying for a 36-21 victory. That's something the Yellow Jackets don't want to repeat
tonight.

"We think we dodged a bullet last week," Nassar said. "We can't afford that to happen again. We aren't
a quick-strike team that can score on one 75-yard pass play. We had a 13-play scoring drive, a 14-play
drive and a 12-play drive last week."