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Jackets Beat Eustis, 31 To 13, In Annual
The Daily Commercial
November 23, 1956
It took the Yellow Jackets of Leesburg High a full quarter to get steam up, but once they did there was
no stopping the juggernaut as they posted a 31 to 13 victory over the Panthers of Eustis High in the
traditional pre-Thanksgiving Day battle at Memorial Field.
The entire Yellow Jacket backfield shared in the point getting with their big fullback Eddie Parker
the way with two touchdowns and a point after. Quarterback Ivan Roberts and Halfbacks Chuck
and Mike Higgins scored TD's as well.
Leesburg led off the scoring with the recovery of a Eustis fumble on the visitors 20 yard-line. With a first
down inside the ten. Quarterback Roberts called on Fullback Parker to deliver and the big boy pushed
the oval across in four tries as the Panther forward wall dug in and made the going rough. The kick for
the extra point by Roberts was no good.
The Panthers rebounded with a 33 yard run by their Fullback Bob Bowen to set up the touchdown on
Jacket 33 yard line. Form this point, Quarterback Bill Barnes dropped back and pitched a perfect strike
end Jimmy Alyea, the pass run play covering the distance across the double stripe for the six points.
kick for the extra point by Jerry Davis was good.
Following the ensuing kickoff the Jackets fumbled and the first quarter ended with the Panthers in
possession. The Panthers moved from the Jacket 45 to a first down on the Jackets 32 from which
Halfback, Jim McWhorter, in a brilliant display of broken field running, took off for the goal line only to be
hauled down on the three ward stripe. From this point, Bobby Joe Dees, a sophomore halfback who
constant threat all evening, plunged for the final touchdown of the evening for the visitors. The kick for
the point was blocked but the visitors led 13 to 6.
After the kickoff, the Jackets and the Panthers exchanged fumbles once more as the blocking and
tackling became more vicious. With the Jackets in possession, Fullback Parker tore off his left side, cut
the right, and outran the secondary to score, standing up. The plunge for the extra point failed and
Jackets trailed, this time, by the thin margin of one point.
The Panthers took to the air near the end of the half but in vain, as linebacker Jimmy Tichenor plucked
one of their forwards out of the air to set up the third Jacket touchdown. A Roberts to Garlock pass
combination clicked once more for the Jackets as it did so well in last week's victory over Sanford and
Jackets had a first down on the Eustis 22 yard line.
Two plays later, Quarterback Roberts faded back to pass only to find his receivers covered. He spun off
his right side, cut back into the middle once in the secondary and eluded the defenders to score the
clincher. A pass from Roberts to Parker was good for the extra point and the half ended with the Jackets
on top, 19 to 13.
The teams exchanged the ball to start the second half when Jimmy Tichenor blocked a punt and
recovered on the Eustis 25 only to have Fullback Bob Bowen intercept one of Quarterback Roberts'
outs. The Panthers moved from the mid stripe tot the Jackets ten yard line before surrendering the ball
downs. A penalty gave the Jackets a first down on their own 30 as play got rough and the referees
marked off yardage against both sides.
Another first down on the 41 and a few plays later it was big Eddie Parker again who took off from his
46 on a jaunt for paydirt. He was hauled down on the Eustis six, however, and it was Halfback Mike
Higgins who carried over as the onslaught continue.
In the closing minutes of the game, the Panthers attempted to take to the air and Parker, this time
defensive left end, stole the ball from Eustis Quarterback Bill Barnes to give the Jackets possession on
the twenty two yard line of the visitors. A few plays later, Halfback Showley went the remaining sixteen
yards for the final score of the evening as Roberts' kick for the point was blocked.
As was expected, the game turned out to be a battle of the fullbacks, as both Eddie Parker and Bob
Bowen carried the bulk of the mail for their teams. Parker carried for 171 yards of the 234 yards rushing
the Yellow Jackets ran up while Bowen carried for 65 of the 140 yards rushing the Panthers compiled.
Jimmy Tichenor, Russell Avery, and Ferrell Young, came in for their shared of honors in the Jacket
forward wall and found plenty of opposition from the other side of the line in Tackles Bob Green and
Smith, who were standouts for Eustis.
Bobby Joe Dees was removed from the game in the second half and taken to the hospital for treatment.
His injuries were not serious, however, as it turned out that he required medication to stop a nose
Passes Intercepted by
Eustis: Bowen 65, McWhorter 42, Dees 23, and Barnes 10.
Leesburg: Parker 171, Showley 39, Roberts 12, Higgins 6, and White 6.
SCORE BY PERIODS:
Leesburg 6 13 6 6 - 31
Eustis 7 6 0 0 - 13
Eustis: Alyea 33 yard pass, run, and Dees three yard plunge. Davis extra point with kick.
Leesburg: Parker 1 yard plunge and 36 yard run, Roberts 16 yard run. Higgins 6 yard
run, Showley 16 yard run. Parker extra point on pass from Roberts..
HERE ARE SOME SCENES snapped by Photographer Bob Goss during the
celebration at Leesburg High School Wednesday night. At left, three couples
are honored during
halftime ceremonies. They are Sylvia Walling and Dickie Clark at left, Queen
Sylvia Davenport and
Lonnie White (center), and Linda Stone and Ivan Roberts at right. Center
photo shows Fullback
Eddie Parker scoring one of Leesburg's five touchdowns which led to the
Jackets' victory over
Eustis. Right photo shows one of the colorful parade floats - the 9th grade
group that won
honorable mention. The Junior Class was first-place winner, followed by the
seniors in second
place in the parade. The Homecoming is sponsored by the Student Council
Parade judges were
Mrs. E. E. Mack, Mrs. T. B. Milam and Ralph Taylor