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Leesburg Squeaks By Sanford, 15-14, In
Safety In First Period Is Victory Margin For Jackets
The Daily Commercial
November 18, 1956
A fired-up Sanford high eleven played heads up football throughout and managed to hold the
highly-favored Yellow Jackets of Leesburg to a 15 to 14 victory Friday night in Orange Belt conference
game in Sanford.
The game started off with Sanford drawing first blood. On the opening kickoff Halfback Jim Warnner
down the right sidelines and through the entire Leesburg team for an 85 yard touchdown sprint. The
for the point by Ronnie Giles was good and the Celery Feds were in front 7 to 0 with less than a minute
playing time gone.
The Yellow Jackets took the ensuing kickoff on their own 42 and marched downfield with a succession
three first downs to put the ball into scoring position on the Sanford 25. From this point quarterback Ivan
Roberts stepped back and pitched a perfect 25 yard touchdown strike to end Jerry Garlock. The plunge
for the extra point was not successful and the Jackets trailed by one point.
At this point of the game, too many of the fans are reminded of the many one-point losses the Jackets
have had to absorb from the same Sanford team.
Sanford was not able to move with the ball and was forced to punt. Roberts playing the safety spot this
time caught the ball on the run at the 20 and carried to the 40 before he was dragged down. A
quarterback keeper play Roberts moved the ball to the Sanford 41 from which point the Jackets were
forced to kick, the ball rolling dead on the Sanford three yard strip.
Sanford 41 from which point the Jackets were forced to kick the ball rolling dead on the Sanford three
At this point in the game end Jerry Garlock broke through to nail the Sanford ball carrier in his own end
zone for the all-important two points which later turned out to be the margin of victory.
The second quarter started with Leesburg moving the kickoff from the Sanford 38 yard line with a series
of two straight first downs to the Sanford three-yard line. Here their attack bogged down. The teams
fought it out at midfield for the rest of the first half with each squad taking to the air in an attempt to move
the pigskin without any degree of success. The ball changed hands several times during this period
result of a fumble and pass interceptions.
The Jackets started the second half with a touchdown in a sustained drive of 60 yards. It was Roberts
Garlock pass that scored the TD once more, this one from 14 yards out. Parker's plunge for the point
good. The touchdown play had the entire Sanford team fooled as Roberts fake well and then stepped
back for the touchdown toss to end Jerry Garlock standing all by is "lonesome" in the end zone.
The Jackets and the Celery Feds exchanged fumbles in Sanford's territory following the kickoff before
halfback Jim Warner took a screen pass from quarterback Bob Johnson and raced 75 yards downfield
before being hauled down on the Leesburg 2-yard line. Johnson plunged across the double strip and
kick for the point was good.
The teams exchanged punts until midway in the fourth quarter when the Jackets recovered a fumbled
punt on the Sanford 32. A penalty pushed them back five yards at which point quarterback Robers
stepped back and tossed anther strike to Garlock again that covered 32 yards to the Sanford five.
Sanford, with its goal line in jeopardy, tightened up once more and contained the Yellow Jacket attack,
taking over on downs when the Jackets were not able to score. At this point in the game the referees
over and proceeded to walk off the yardage as play on the field got a little rougher.
The Celery Feds were forced to kick, however, after several attempts, to move the ball through the air
were not successful. The game ended with Yellow Jackets in possession as quarterback Roberts
the keeper play in order not to lose possession of the ball and to run out the clock. In this series of
downs, however he lost ground from his own 18 back to his own five with a five yard penalty adding this
backward movement. Fans were fearful of Roberts being caught in his own end zone before the clock
out to give the Jackets the victory.
The Yellow Jackets were able to move the ball well, lacking the scoring punch as the Sanford defense
tightened when its goal line was in danger. The Celery Feds played heads up football throughout but
were not able to present any kind of offense. This victory makes it three in a row for the Yellow Jackets
and just about assures them of an invite to the Elks Bowl Classic.