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Jackets Cling To Playoff Hopes
By Gerald Lacey
Carver Heights Quarterback Club
October 31, 2011
Updated: Thursday, April 16, 2015, 9:53 a.m.
LEESBURG - The Jackets completed their first year of FHSAA Class 7A football competition with 3-2
record against Class 7A teams. Class 7A is the highest classification that any Leesburg High School
football team has ever competed in. Both of the Jackets losses came on the road against teams
ranked in the Orlando Sentinel Super 16 High School Football Poll. Leesburg playoff hopes rest in the
hands of a team they beat Friday Night in Groveland South Lake High School.
Here's the playoff scenario in the FHSAA Class 7A District 4 race. Orlando Maynard Evans clinched the
district championship with a 20 to 10 victory over Leesburg earlier this season. Clermont East Ridge
can clinch the district runner up spot and a trip to the playoffs with a win over Groveland South Lake
Friday night. The Knights are 2-1 in District 4 play this season. If East Ridge wins it would eliminate
Leesburg and South Lake from playoff consideration.
If South Lake beats East Ridge it would force a three way tie for the district runner-up spot. Leesburg,
South Lake and East Ridge would all have identical 2-2 district records with a East Ridge loss Friday
night in Groveland. They would than all meet at Leesburg Memorial Stadium at Hubert O. Dabney on
November 7, 2011.
Leesburg would be the number one seed with only two losses overall and at worst they could do is
finish with 3 losses. East Ridge and South Lake seeding will be determined at the end of schools
regular season a week after Leesburg's regular season is complete. Seeding for a potential tiebreaker
will be based on overall win-loss percentage. The three schools shall play one entire 12-minute
quarter against their bracketed opponent(s) in each District Tiebreaker.
Leesburg second year head coach Randy Trivers knew going into the game against South Lake that
his team still had a mathematical chance to get into the playoffs and relayed that mindset to his team
before playing South Lake.
"We just need to come out and play the game," Trivers said moments before the South Lake game. "I
mean for us to have the opportunity to be a playoff team we have to go out and win this football game
Groveland South Lake at Leesburg
(PHOTO BY ASHLEY BEYER/October