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South Sumter serves notice with 43-7 win over Leesburg
South Sumter serves notice with 43-7 win over Leesburg
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Leesburg Yellow Jackets vs. Bushnell South Sumter, High School Football Game

South Sumter serves notice with 43-7 win over Leesburg

By Paul Jenkins
Daily Commercial
Friday, August 24, 2018
Updated: Monday, August 27, 2018, 8:45 p.m.

LEESBURG — The word around Bushnell last year as South Sumter struggled through a winless
season was that the Raiders were a couple of years away from being back as a football power.

If Friday night is any indication, the wait may not be that long.

Dominating from start to finish against a self-destructing Leesburg team, South Sumter looked like the
Raiders of old with a 43-7 thrashing of the Yellow Jackets at H.O. Dabney Stadium.

Using a punishing ground game sprinkled with precision passing from quarterbacks Garhett Miller and
Toby Van hooijdonk, South Sumter hung a running clock on Leesburg with 2:39 left in the third quarter.

“We’re not where we want to be, but we look a whole better than last year,” South Sumter coach Ty
Lawrence said. “The main thing is to keep these kids focused. They don’t shave yet and they can’t drive
yet, so keeping kids that young focused is a challenge. But after what we went through last year, they
deserve this right now.”

South Sumter rushed for 295 yards on 39 carries, with sophomore Kelvin Edwards leading the way
with 120 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries while sophomore Trenton Taylor had 63 yards and a
score on 12 carries.

Miller and Van hooijdonk combined to throw for 155 yards and three touchdowns.

Leesburg quarterback A.J. Graham hit 7 of 11 passes for 111 yards and was the Yellow Jackets’
leading rusher with 47 yards on nine carries.

South Sumter made a statement on the opening kickoff as Snoop Jackson found a seam up the
middle and took the return 85 yards to give the Raiders a 7-0 lead with the 2018 season all of 14
seconds old.

That just set the tone for the rest of the night, with Leesburg struggling to stop hurry-up South Sumter
offense and throwing in a few big mistakes to compound matters. Leesburg had five turnovers in the
game.

“We just had so many self-inflicted wounds,” Leesburg coach Mark Oates said. “Most of their points
came off our mistakes. We’re not good enough that we can help the other team win.

“When we’re faced with adversity, we have to take it head on. We dropped our heads tonight and the
coaches did the same thing. The coaches have to get better, the players have to get better and I have to
get better. You have to tip your hat to South Sumter. Coach Lawrence had his kids ready to play and I
didn’t.”

Leesburg had a turnover on its first possession of the year and South Sumter capitalized with a seven-
play, 48-yard drive to take a 14-0 lead with 8:57 left in the first quarter. Miller found a wide-open Douglas
Sharp in the back of the end zone with an 11-yard strike.

Leesburg came right back, using the bruising inside running of Tayquan Pinellas to set up a 35-yard
scoring run by Jatavian Solomon, who broke to the outside and went in virtually untouched.

It looked like it was game on when the Leesburg defense forced a punt, but the Yellow Jackets muffed
the kick and South Sumter recovered on the Leesburg 30-yard line. Five plays later Taylor took it in from
9 yards out for a 21-7 lead with 2:39 to go in the first quarter.

It was pretty much game over early in the second quarter when Miller hit Wyatt Mandahl with a pass that
turned into a 61-yard touchdown. Mandahl was so open he was able to stumble, right himself and still
easily reach the end zone without a defender getting close.

A field goal as time ran out in the first half sent South Sumter into the locker room with a 31-7 lead. The
Raiders scored the first two times they got the ball in the second half, with both possessions coming
after Leesburg fumbles. That started the running clock and signaled the game was officially a rout.



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