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Fumbles Pave Way For Cocoa's Win Over LHS
Jacket's Forward Wall Outstanding Feature Of Game
The Daily Commercial
Sunday, October 21, 1956
A severe case of fumbilitis that was never cured cost the Yellow Jackets of Leesburg
High the ball game
Friday night as Cocoa scored two touchdowns and a safety in the first half and managed
to stave off all of
Leesburg's scoring drives to emerge on top 15 to 7.
With Ivan Roberts standing in the shadow of his own posts for a kick on third down a bad
center went sailing over his head and out of play for an automatic safety and the all
important two points.
A free kick from the twenty gave Cocoa the ball on it's forty yard line. On the fourth play
with the secondary pulled in to prevent the possible first down Cocoa's Charles Ward
broke through the
line and once five yards beyond the line of scrimmage was going, going, gone goalward
and the first
touchdown of the evening, in a beautiful fifty - two yard sprint that caught fans and
players alike flatfooted.
As the first quarter ended Jim Lepper filling in at Quarterback for the ailing Willie Tharp
gathered in a
Leesburg punt on the fifty and weaved and bobbed his way through a host of would be
tacklers to the
Yellow Jackets twenty. A series of plays gave the Tigers a firs down on the eight form
which point the ever
dangerous Ward carried over for the final scoring by the Tigers.
In the second quarter two rapid fire first downs on runs by Fullback Eddie Parker and
Halfback Shoo Shoo
Showley moved the ball from the shadow of their own goal to the thirty three yard line
where the ever
present fumble gave Cocoa the ball. The Yellow Jacket defense had just been put to the
test on two
separate occasions a Cocoa recovered the kickoff on the Yellow Jacket thirty and a
twenty five yard romp
by Ward put our boys in the hole and The Tigers in possession of the ball with first and
goal on the five
The Jacket forward wall dug in through and stopped that threat in it's tracks as well as
After exchanging kicks to start the second half the Jackets came up with the ball on their
own twenty and
moved it well with four successive first downs placing the pigskin on the Cocoa thirty yard
line. Here again
the boys couldn't find the handle and another fumble turned the ball over to Cocoa once
A poor punt by Cocoa that carried only fifteen yards and went out of bounds on the
twenty-eight gave the
Jackets a golden scoring opportunity and they were not to be denied. Fullback Eddie
Parker took a
pitchout from Quarterback Roberts on the eighteen and went all the way bowling over
The game ended with Cocoa taking the kickoff at midfield as Dan Larsen tried an
The boys really came out fired up for that second half but missed their scoring chance in
the third quarter
with a fumble on the Cocoa thirty. They moved again in the fourth quarter only to give up
the ball on
downs at the Cocoa thirty and played the entire second half in Cocoa's territory except
for the final kickoff.
The line play on both sides was something to witness with the Jacket forward wall a
demon on defense.
Coming in for special honors in this department were Tackles Jimmy Johnson, and Jimmy
with Wayne Hall, Ferrell Young, and Center Russell Avera.
Cocoa was beset with injuries from the beginning, without the services of Quarterback
Willie Tharp or
Fullback Joe Seamon. Early in the game their All Conference scatback Davie Wiliiams
was taken out of
action. In the third quarter Guard Richard Davis came out with a broken arm. This series
of injuries may
have an all important effect on the chances of the Tigers in future Orange Belt
Pases Intercepted by
LEESBURG: Parker 81, Roberts 18, Higgins 2, Showley 23, McLeod 4, White 1, Blount 4.
COCOA: Williams 40, Clark 2, Kinsey 6, Ward 99, Lepper 19, Payne 15, Anderson 20.
Score by periods:
Leesburg 0 0 0 7 - 7
Cocoa 9 6 0 0 - 15
Leesburg scoring Touchdown Parker 17, run Conversion Roberts to Parker pass.
cocoa scoring Ward 2 (runs 8 and 52) Safety.