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Jones Rolls To Easy Win Over Jackets
Leesburg Yellow Jackets vs. Orlando L.C. Jones Tigers, High School Football
Game

Jones Rolls To Easy Win Over Jackets

By ANTHONY PEREZ
of the Leesburg/Commercial
www.dailycommercial.com
October 5, 1985
Updated: Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 7:35 p.m.

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LEESBURG - Leesburg and Orlando Jones created their own version of David and Goliath Friday night
at Leesburg Memorial Field. Unfortunately for the David-like Yellow Jackets, the big guy got his revenge.

Jones didn't need anything like a slingshot to trample Leesburg 33-7 in a Class 3A, District 5 football
game.

The Tigers turned the game into a rout with a 20-point third quarter. Leesburg trailed only 13-0 at
halftime due to two big scoring plays by Jones. But the Tigers' size - the starting offensive line averages
over 250 pounds, including a 340-pound tackle - and speed wore down the out manned Jackets in the
second half.

"There's no way a good, little team can beat a very good, big, fast team like Jones," said Leesburg
Coach Gene Foster, who is 0-3 against Jones in his four years at Leesburg. "When you've got
300-pounders like we have taking their 265, 270 guys who have speed... well, that's what'll happen.
This is part of a learning experience for us. Unfortunately, you have to get beat sometimes to learn."

The Tigers improve to 3-1 on the year (2-0 in the district) while Leesburg drops to 1-3 (0-2).

Foster added that despite the drubbing, his inexperienced team performed as well as it did in victory
last week over Eustis.

"We played just as hard as we possibly could," Foster said. "People have got to realize that we've got a
junior varsity oline - four sophomores and three juniors who've never played before - playing at the
varsity level.

"I'm not disappointed at all in our team. They did a great job," the coach said.

The loss overshadowed a stellar performance by Jackets running back Jon Cannon. Cannon, the
area's leading rusher going into the game, was the Leesburg offense as he rushed for 130 yards on 22
carries, including a 14-yard touchdown run. The Jackets had 149 yards of total offense.

"This is the best one (game) we've played...it's got to be." said Jones Coach Ernest Swift. "I thought they
(Jackets) were tough. We just were fortunate to get the breaks at the right time."

And if the Tigers' size and speed weren't enough, they used Jesse-James to befuddle Leesburg.

Twin brothers Jesse and James Morris got the Tigers on top with two scoring plays in the first half. After
Leesburg stalled on the game's opening possession, James Morris took a punt from his own 11, cut
right, broke a tackle by punter Jody Phillips and went 89 yards for the score.

Not to be outdone by his brother, James Morris relieved starting quarterback Brian Brewer late in the
second quarter. Morris quickly displayed his strong throwing arm, hitting Demarco Henderson with a
38-yard scoring pass to give Jones a 13-0 halftime lead.

"We've got confidence in both our quarterbacks, but tonight he (James Morris) was the one that was on,"
said Swift. "He was hurt last week, but tonight he came in and did a great job for us."     1   of   2     
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This article was provided by Gerald Lacey
Gerald Lacey is the senior sports writer covering Leesburg High School Sports for the Carver Heights
Quarterback Club. You can reach him at:
geraldlacey@leesburgyellowjacketsfootball.com