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Leesburg Yellow Jackets vs. Orlando Colonial Grenadiers, High School Varsity
LHS Pounds Out 14-0 Win Over Colonial of Orlando
Sunday, October 1, 1961
Updated: Monday, August 10, 2015, 12:31 p.m.
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Leesburg's scrappy Jackets made their home debut a pleasant one when they dumped the Colonial
High Grenadiers of Orlando to the tune of 14 to 0 at Memorial Field Friday night. A spirited crowd of
some 3,000 Jacket faithful saw the locals capitalize on two fumble recoveries in the second and third
periods to push across two TD's and the extra points for their first win of the year.
The game started out like a runaway for the Whitey Smith coach crew when they moved with the
opening kickoff from their own thirty five to the visitors fifteen only to lose the ball on a fumble for the first
and only time throughout the game. Bill McBride who switched to Fullback from a Halfback spot was
the workhorse for the Jackets all night long and contributed a twenty eight yard run that pushed this
drive a long ways.
Following a Colonial first down the Jackets recovered the first of three the Red & Black lost throughout
the night and drove once more to the visitors sixteen before a series of penalties set them back to the
forty one. From this point McBride stepped back and lofted a punt that rolled dead inside the visitors
A couple of plays later and Halfback Stan Gideons jumped on a loose pigskin to set up the Jackets first
score for the night. His recovery was at the twelve and the Jackets got themselves a first down at the
two just as the second quarter got underway. Stan Gideons carried across for the six points. The extra
point was added by his running mate John Gray who ran it across.
The second quarter developed into a kicking game with neither team threatening. Leesburg High got
into the scoring act again shortly after the second half kickoff when End Jon Axford recovered for the
winning Jackets at the Grenadiers seventeen. Gideons once more chipped in with a touchdown. This
time his run started from nine yards out. Halfback Joe McLeod added the extra point with a run.
A short Colonial punt of seventeen yards in the final quarter and the Jackets were pounding at the door
again. They moved from the visitors thirty six to the eight before penalties set them back and cost them
the ball. The back and cost them the ball. The Grenadiers were in possession when the game ended.
The deepest penetration by the visitors was to the Jackets forty yard line. This occurred as the third
quarter ended. Local fans got their first look at a new formation in football known as the Villa Pique as
employed by the visitors. Imported here from South Carolina by Colonial Coach "Red" Kite the lack of a
big, beefy line Kite the lack of a big, beefy line necessary for the success of such a formation stymied
the visitors all night.
Defensive standouts for the Jackets included End Jon Axford and Bill McBride who moved up into an
end spot with the defensive unit.