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Leesburg Yellow Jackets vs. Brooksville Hernando Leopards, High School
Football Game

Slow First-Half Start Sinks Yellow Jackets

October 17, 2009|By Joe Williams, Sentinel Staff Writer
Orlando Sentinel
Updated: Sunday, May 31, 2015, 1:19 p.m.

BROOKSVILLE -- Down 27-0 at halftime and facing elimination from contention for a playoff spot in
Class 3A, District 6 with a loss Friday night at Tom Fisher Stadium, Leesburg put on a big second-half
rally before coming up short 41-28 to Brooksville Hernando.

The game was truly one of two halves.

Leesburg (4-3 overall, 2-2 in district) could do little offensively in the first half outside of its first
possession of the game. The Yellow Jackets had 70 yards on its first four offensive plays of the game
and minus 10 yards over the remainder of the half. But it was a different Leesburg team in the second
half. The Yellow Jackets played like a team desperate to keep its playoff hopes alive.

And, it was Luther McDowell, a junior, who was the central figure in the Yellow Jackets' rally.

McDowell, who only had one carry for 3 yards in the first half, finished the game with 87 yards rushing,
including a 2-yard touchdown run in the third quarter and throwing a 37-yard touchdown pass to senior
Austin Sellars late in the third quarter.

Leesburg also recovered an on-side kick and its defense also forced a fumble that led to another
touchdown.

But in the end, it was Hernando's start that was insurmountable for the Jackets.

Hernando 41, Leesburg 28

FIRST -- H: Delaine 27 run (run failed). SECOND -- H: Delaine 7 pass from Daniel (Daniel run); H:
Smith 2 run (Pinzon kick); H: Smith 11 run (kick failed). THIRD -- L: McDowell 2 run (Rizzo kick); H: Smith
2 run (Delaine pass from Daniel); L: Belton 5 run (Rizzo kick); L: Sellars 37 pass from McDowell (Rizzo
kick). FOURTH -- L: Belton 1 run (Rizzo kick); H: Delaine 13 run (pass failed).



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