Former Virginia Tech Star Whitaker Joins Jackets Staff, September 10, 2012, Leesburg High School, 1401 Yellow Jacket Way, Leesburg, Florida 34748, Gerald Lacey, Staff Writer, Carver Heights Quarterback Club
Former Virginia Tech Star Whitaker Joins Jackets Staff, September 10, 2012, Leesburg High School, 1401 Yellow Jacket Way, Leesburg, Florida 34748, Gerald Lacey, Staff Writer, Carver Heights Quarterback Club
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Carver Heights Quarterback Club, Leesburg High School, Leesburg, Florida
Leesburg Yellow Jackets vs. Eustis Panthers, High School Football Game

Tucker Leads Defense In Comeback Win Over Eustis

By Gerald Lacey
Staff Writer
Carver Heights Quarterback Club
September 8, 2012
Updated: Thursday, June 4, 2015, 1:27 p.m.

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Leesburg's next possession started with a first down run for no gain. The next play the Jackets
attempted a pass and the pass was once again intercepted by the McKinley Kirkpatrick his second on
the season. McKinley returned the interception to the Jackets 36 yard line. Eustis defense has created
10 turnovers on the season. There seemed to be a mix up on the play between the quarterback and
receiver there wasn't a Jacket within 15 yards of the pass.

Dunham quickly went back to work and on 2nd and 7 from the Jackets 33 yard line found senior wide
receiver Anthony Allen wide open across the middle for an 18 yard gain. On the next play Dunham kept
the ball on a option play for nine yards down to the Jackets 6 yard line. A couple of plays later Eustis
lined up in a double tight end formation with three running backs. This time Dunham ran the option to
the left side of the field with Hill taking the pitch 9 yards for a touchdown. Hill made four Jackets missed
him on the way to the end zone and the sold out crowd went into a frenzy at the Panther Den. Reynolds
converted the PAT and Eustis had a 20-0 lead early in the second quarter.

On the next Leesburg possession the Panther defense cause a fumble and took over possession of
the football. It was Jackets third turnover of the half.

Eustis failed to capitalized on the Yellow Jacket miscue when Dunham was picked off by Trevon Bell.
The interception was the third of the season for Dunham and slowed down the Eustis attack.

Leesburg would take over and go on a long drive aided by a roughing the passer penalty by the
Panthers. Leesburg went back to the ground gain and junior running back Bryant "Mr. No. Benton begin
chewing up large chunks of yardage on the ground. Tucker entered the game as a fullback and seem
to help get the running game untracked. The Jackets moved into Panther territory for the first time in the
game and Adrian Falconer took a screen pass and went 49 yards for a score. Junior James Eldridge
PAT was good and Leesburg was inching it's way back into the ball game.

On the next Panther possession Tucker came up with a sack on third down forcing Eustis to punt on
fourth down. The Jackets special teams blocked the punt and senior OLB/P/RB Austin Walker scooped
up the football and returned for a Yellow Jacket touchdown. The PAT made the score Eustis 20,
Leesburg 14 just before halftime. The Eustis crowd was now quiet as the Jackets were now back into
the game.



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