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Leesburg Yellow Jackets Play Haven Team Tonight
The Daily Commercial
Friday, October 26, 1956
The Yellow Jackets of Leesburg High will be guests at another Homecoming tonight as they take to the
road to meet the Blue Devils of Winter Haven in that city tonight.
The Blue and Gold of Winter Haven operates from a split T offense and finished fourth in the Southwest
Conference last year with a record of four wins and six losses. Coached by W.R. Ausley in his eight
at the helm the Blue Devils thus far this year have won three and lost two.
The squad lost heavily at graduation time with twenty-one of the varsity hanging up their cleats. Their
has been affected most of all while their backfield has depth and speed.
Quarterback duties have been shared by Mickey Trueheart and Bobby Marotti. At the halfback posts are
a couple of speed demons each with a pair of feather hips that will bear a lot of watching from the
Jackets as well as the fans. They are Grady Smith and Tommy Quinn who have carried the bulk of the
load for the team this year. Chester Eason, at the 182 lbs. and fullback is a pile driving type of runner
has been knocking the opposition over all year long. Whitley Ward is a capable replacement for the big
boy though not quite as heavy.
The Yellow Jackets lineup will remain the same with the squad in top physical shape for this
Wingmen Johnny Roberts and Jerry Garlock along with Center Russell Avera are mainstays in the
wall. Jimmy Tichenor, Jimmy Johnson, and Tyrone Rigdon will share duties at the tackle posts with
Brown, Ferrell Young, and Wayne Hall alternation at guard.
In the backfield it'll be Ivan Roberts at Quarter, Eddie Parker at full, and Robert McLeod, and Shoo Shoo
Showley at the halfs. It is expected that Bobby Blount and Lonnie White will see considerable duty at the
halfback slots as well.
All in all this shapes up as a real ding dong battle. The Jackets have the wherewithal to go all the way.
The boys are blocking and tackling with real mid-season form and while relatively little is known
concerning Winter Haven and this is the first meeting of these two clubs this writer is going with the
Jackets, not by any wide margin however. It'll be a real bang-up ball game and one that the fans should