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Leesburg Yellow Jackets vs. Eustis Panthers, High School Football Game

Leesburg rebounds to win against rival Eustis

By Benjamin Roode
Daily Commercial
October 10, 2009
Updated: Saturday, April 1, 2017, 5:43 p.m.

LEESBURG -- It was a game of adjustments at H.O. Dabney Stadium Friday in Leesburg.

In the end, Leesburg adjusted, and Eustis got worn out. The Yellow Jackets erupted with 29
second-half points on 35 offensive plays to best the Panthers 36-21.

It was a homecoming win for Leesburg, who improved to 4-2 on the year. Eustis fell to 1-4.

Good old-fashioned power running broke the game open for Leesburg. Single-wing runs mainly to the
right -- with the odd misdirection thrown in for good measure -- consumed more than three quarters of
the second half for the Yellow Jackets and tired out a Panther defense that held high-

scoring Tavares to just six points the week before.

Leesburg's revelation was a reaction to what looked like a Eustis team on a mission. The Panthers
had stuffed Leesburg on the Jackets' first two series, forcing two three-and-outs. Eustis meanwhile
went up 13-0 on two quick touchdown drives led by senior Panther duo quarterback Kelsei Brown and
running back CJ Brown.

It was junior running back Kendrick Rowe who scored the first point of the game with a 47-yard
touchdown run less than four minutes into regulation. Kelsei Brown added his own long touchdown
run of 21 yards.

Leesburg needed to switch or face a long night, said head coach Charles Nassar after the game.

"We came out sleep walking, and they came out like fire," Nassar said.

The Jackets shifted from a flex-bone option offense to a single-wing power run that proceeded to eat
clock like Pacman eats power pellets.

A grinding 13-play, 71-yard drive took more than 6 minutes off the clock in the second quarter and gave
Leesburg its first points.

Sophomore running back Jalen Dozier scored the first of his three touchdowns on the night on the drive.

Stalled drives by both sides made the halftime score 13-7 in favor of Eustis. Leesburg got the ball to
begin the third quarter and refused to give it up. Two drives of 10 plays and one of 14 plays put
Leesburg up 29-21.

Leesburg took the opening kickoff and drove 84 yards to go up 14-13. Their next drive was 69 yards and
tied the game at 21. A successful onside kick let Leesburg roll down the field again, putting them up
29-21. The Yellow Jackets didn't look back.

Eustis did its best to keep up, scoring on a five-play, 70-yard drive late in the third. But that effort lasted
only 2:32, putting an already-weary defense back on the field to stop a determined Jacket rushing
attack.

"Defensively, we let ourselves down tonight," said Eustis coach Bill Larkin. "(Leesburg) went to a power
offense" and wore the Panthers out, he said.

Penalties didn't help either. Eustis was flagged 11 times for 75 yards, include two big personal foul
calls -- one that extended a Leesburg drive and the other starting the Jackets at midfield.

Leesburg's Dozier finished the night with 18 rushes for 105 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran
in a two-point conversion. Yellow Jacket junior Luther McDowell had 66 yards on seven carries and two
touchdowns, one of 44 yards. Junior Malcolm Belton had 70 yards on 17 carries.

For Eustis, Kelsei Brown had 75 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries. He was 3 for 5 with 31
yards passing.