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Leesburg Yellow Jackets vs. DeLand Bulldogs, High School Football Game
Jackets Toughen Up
Thursday, August 31, 1961
Updated: Wednesday, August 5, 2015, 4:52 p.m.
The 1961 edition of the Leesburg fighting Jackets, while short on experience, will probably be the
toughest group of players to come off the local campus in years, if hard work is any yard stick.
The youngsters have really been put through the paces this fall, as Head Coach Whitey Smith and his
sidekick Coach Charles Stevenson attempt to round them into shape for rough, tough DeLand in
Volusia County September 15.
With just nine days of practice left before the season's opener, the Jacket eleven still has a long way to
go in getting ready for one of their toughest games of the year.
The spirit and determination shown by this year's squad is a credit indeed to Leesburg High, as the
have taken the hard work in stride and have actually come back and asked for more. This is sure to go
long way come game time and is a factor that most of the boys seem to realize.
Mike Bays has made the big move from the JayVees up to the varsity and there is every indication that
is up to stay. Bill Arnold who was on the squad as a sophomore has come back as a senior to join
Bowen at end to give lettermen Max Wettstein and Jon Axford a real push for a starting assignment.
Quarterback John Gray is still out with a respiratory infection, but halfback Stan Gideons returned to
action yesterday and should be going at top speed in another week. In the meantime, Ronnie Young
been going both ways in the quarterback slot and above constant and steady improvement at this post.
Center Kenny Smithgall will be lost to the squad for two weeks with a pulled muscle but Billy Roberts, a
junior varsity back last year, has been filling in ably for him. Rans Potter will have to sit out a few days
facial injuries but other than the usual assortment of bruises and sprains the squad seems to be
Most positions on the starting eleven continue to be up for grabs, as the boys jockey for the opening
Bill McBride has been working out regularly at left half but it looks like Joe McLeod and Arthur Spence
battle right down to the wire for the starting shot at right half. David Herlong continues to take charge at
In the Jacket forward wall Bobby Mock looks like a fixture at right guard while David Brooks and Chip
Deems along with Timmy Bates are waging their own private battle at left guard.
The offensive tackle positions are a toss up at this writing with J. J. Kimmons, Jimmy Pelt, Marcus
Lawrence, and Tom Willis in the running. Not far behind this quartet is Gay Hendricks who is expected
see most of his action with the defensive eleven.