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Leesburg Yellow Jackets vs. Eustis Panthers, High School Football Game
Orr's Game Is Extraordinary
Lake Sports - Athlete of the Week
Leesburg's Jermaine Orr Started The Season With Two Touchdowns And Two
September 6, 2000|By Josh Robbins of The Sentinel Staff
LEESBURG -- Jermaine Orr's no Deion Sanders, but last week the Leesburg High junior
had a game that "Primetime'' himself would envy.
Orr excelled on offense, defense and special teams to help the Yellow Jackets defeat
Eustis 21-7 on Friday in the teams' season opener.
As Leesburg's starting split end, Orr caught three passes for 48 yards and one
On defense, where he starts at free safety, Orr victimized Eustis' passing attack,
notching two interceptions.
And, in his role as the Yellow Jackets' special teams, Orr gave Leesburg a 20-0 lead
when he returned a punt 91 yards for a touchdown.
Add it all up, and Orr's the Lake Sentinel's athlete of the week, the first of the 2000-01
"He had a great game," Leesburg Coach Bud O'Hara said. "He's a real explosive kid.
He's the kind who can score any time he touches it."
With Leesburg already ahead 7-0, Orr's first interception set up his first touchdown of
Facing a third-and-17 on the Eustis 39-yard line, Orr lined up on the left side of the
field. On the play, he ran a post-corner route, in which he started by running toward the
middle of the field. Then he made a cut to his left, sprinting toward the corner of the field
and quarterback Derek Burbank delivered the pass.
"He threw it on the money," Orr said. "When he threw it, I bobbled the ball. Then I tucked
Last year, his first as a varsity player, Orr didn't score, so the touchdown versus Eustis
meant a lot, even to his teammates.
"They were probably happier than me," Orr said.
Three minutes and 29 seconds elapsed off the game clock by the time Orr ran into the
end zone for a second time.
He received a punt at the Yellow Jackets' 9-yard line. Then things get a little cloudy, but
he could recall some advice he got during the play from teammate Craig Williams.
Orr said: "I just remember one voice Craig's. He said, `Run to the right.' And I just ran."
On the play, Leonard Mickens and Doug Orr, Jermaine's first cousin, made a key block
on the Panthers' Toris Carter.
In the fourth quarter, Orr came through again, stopping Eustis with his second
interception of the game.
To O'Hara, Orr's late-game performance was no surprise, even though he played on
offense, defense and special teams.
"He has a high level of energy," O'Hara said. "He never tires. Never, ever tires.
Sometimes I wonder if he even closes his eyes at night to sleep."
Orr got a bit exuberant after one of his touchdowns, after which he did a "dirty bird
dance.'' He was flagged for excessive celebration.
Now in his fourth season of organized football, Orr said he most enjoys playing in the
"You get to see the whole field," Orr said. "You get to see if it's a pass or it's a run.
"Plus, I like to hit."
There's no question Orr was a hit on Friday.
OTHER NOMINEES: Josh Johnson, Mount Dora's senior placekicker, made three field
goals to lead his team to a 9-7 victory over Lake Weir on Friday. Johnson's scores came
from 29, 23 and 27 yards out. The 27-yarder came with Mount Dora losing 7-6 late in
the fourth quarter.
Two of Mount Dora Bible's volleyball players set school records last week. First,
eighth-grader Martha Ray recorded 24 assists in the Bulldogs' three-game victory over
Eustis. Ray's performance broke Erin Reynolds' school record of 21 assists, which was
set last season. Later in the week, junior Rachel Bruce had 13 kills in the Bulldogs'
two-game loss to South Lake, breaking Lauren Boyd's record of 10 kills, set last season.
Scott Newell, a 17-year-old senior on Tavares High's bowling team, rolled a perfect 300
game last week. In doing so, Newell became the first person Lake County Bowling
Conference history to record a 300 in conference play.