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Leesburg Beats Umatilla In Debut For New Coach, Page 1, Thursday, May 21, 2015, Leesburg High School, 1401 Yellow Jacket Way, Leesburg, Florida 34748, Gerald Lacey, Staff Writer, Carver Heights Quarterback Club
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Leesburg Yellow Jackets vs. Belleview Diamondback Rattlers, High School Football
Game

Leesburg's Orr Delivers Weekly Play To Remember

By Sports Staff
Orlando Sentinel
September 25, 2000
Updated: Saturday, May 23, 2015, 4:10 p.m.


Jermaine Orr burst onto the high-school football scene in the first game of the season,
and he has not let up.

In each of Leesburg's football games, he has provided a major highlight. And in Friday's
loss to Belleview, things were no different.

Orr was out on a short sprint pattern when quarterback Derek Burbank lobbed him the
ball over an isolated Belleview defender. But Burbank threw the ball a little longer than
he intended. No matter. Orr merely extended himself and made a sparkling one-handed
catch.

But Orr didn't stop there. He regained his balance and outraced the Diamondback
Rattlers to the end zone, completing a 70-yard play.

The play not only provided a 14-7 lead for the Yellow Jackets, but revved up the
Leesburg team for the next two quarters.

That's how long it took the Rattlers to finally wear down the Yellow Jackets.

"We gave it all we had," Leesburg Coach Bud O'Hara said. "They just had more people
than we did."

Even so, with a few breaks along the way the Yellow Jackets might have pulled out a
victory.

Doug Orr, Jermaine's cousin, did a great job of punting the ball for the Yellow Jackets.
That's an area in which the Yellow Jackets were hurting early in the season.Orr missed
on only one kick -- it slid off his foot leaving Belleview with great field position at the
Leesburg 27. Orr's other kicks saw no returns and kept the Rattlers backed up all night.

ERRORS STILL HURTING

Mistakes in the form of penalties continue to plague the Yellow Jackets. But O'Hara is
starting to wonder just how much of it is the fault of his players.

"I don't want to say anything about the officials," O'Hara said. "But it's tough on us when
we get hit with 15 penalties a game and the other team only has four.

"I sure hope that does not get me in trouble."

Actually, Leesburg was hit with 14 penalties for 143 yards, while Belleview had four for
50 yards.

UNDERSTATEMENT OF THE WEEK

"The penalties we get are unbelievable."

Those words, spoken last week by Eustis coach John Palmer, actually could have
referred to his team, as well as the Tavares team his Panthers faced Friday night in a
Class 2A, District 5 game.

The penalties were pretty unbelievable.

Tavares was penalized 19 times for 153 yards. Eustis was flagged even more often,
though not for quite as much yardage -- 21 times for 147. And those figures don't
include the five or so penalties that were declined by the respective teams.

How unbelievable were the penalties?

Along with the usual assortment of offsides and illegal procedures, the penalty du jour
seemed to be the rarely called illegal substitution. Both teams were called for this
several times.

It was so bad that at one point -- during an official's timeout for an injury -- while trainers
and Tavares Coach George Sneed were on the field tending to Joey Samartino,
Tavares was flagged for an illegal-substitution penalty. Then, seconds later, Eustis was
penalized for five yards.

WHERE'S THE OFFENSE?

If penalties were not putting the clamps on Eustis' offense in the opening half,
Samartino, a Tavares running back/linebacker/kicker, and the rest of the Bulldog
defense were.

Samartino frequently blitzed and often got into the Panthers backfield, sometimes before
the running back got the handoff from quarterback Steven Ziegelhofer.

Eustis had only 30 yards of offense in the half -- all on the ground -- and didn't pick up
its initial first down until 7:06 remaining in the half.

Tavares did a little better, but still struggled against Eustis defensive lineman Linton
Brown.

In fact, it took Tavares three cracks from inside the 1-yard line before Tavares running
back Larry Scott finally punched it into the end zone.

WINNING UGLY

South Lake's football team did a great job of winning ugly Friday night, defeating Ocala
Forest 27-13 in a key early season Class 4A, District 4 contest.

The Eagles started the first half strong, racking up 12 first downs while limiting the
Wildcats to just 40 yards on offense.

South Lake led 21-0 after two quarters and appeared headed for a resounding win.

But the Eagles game began to unravel in the third and fourth quarters.

Forest drove the ball 64 yards on its first possession of the second half. The drive
ended with a touchdown.

Then, with 1:04 remaining in the third, the Wildcats ran a hook-and-ladder play to
perfection for a 33-yard touchdown, and closed the gap to 21-13."I don't know if we
were overconfident" at halftime, said South Lake Coach Charles Weems, "but we
weren't focused."

In the end, David Taylor may have saved the Eagles. He had played a strong game at
quarterback -- completing 8 of 13 pass attempts for 129 yards -- but made his critical
contribution as a punter in the fourth quarter.

Midway through the final period, the Eagles lined up to punt at the Forest 47. But Taylor
unleashed a perfect punt. It landed inside the 10 and rolled to Forest's 3-yard line
before his teammates downed the ball. Pinned against their own end zone, Forest
mustered only seven yards before punting the ball away.