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Eustis and Leesburg clash for 76th time Friday
Eustis and Leesburg clash for 76th time Friday
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Leesburg’s Eric Coffie (2) runs for a touchdown during last week’s game against Tavares.
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Leesburg Yellow Jackets vs. Eustis Panthers, High School Football Game

Eustis and Leesburg clash for 76th time Friday

By Frank Jolley
Daily Commercial
Thursday, October 24, 2019
Updated: Friday, December 13, 2019, 4:23 p.m.

The oldest football rivalry in Lake County and one of the oldest in the state will be renewed Friday at 7 p.m.
when Leesburg hosts Eustis at H.O. Dabney Stadium.

It will mark the 76th meeting between the schools with the first coming in 1927 when Leesburg blanked
the Panthers 61-0, the largest margin of victory in the rivalry.

Not only is this year’s game a meeting of rivals, it also has added meaning since it is the final Class 5A-
District 7 game of the season for both teams. Leesburg heads into the game with a 3-5 overall record and
2-2 mark in the district, while Eustis is 1-7 overall and 0-4 in the district.

However, as is the case with many long-standing rivalries, there are plenty of numbers to help define the
series beyond this year’s records. With a rivalry as long as Leesburg-Eustis, there are statistics that give
fans on both sides of the field something to boast about.

Here are just a few:

• Leesburg enters Friday’s game with a 47-27-1 advantage in the series. There have been intermittent
breaks in the rivalry — no records have been found of games being played from 1928 through 1936 and
there have been occasional one- or two-year breaks since — but the Yellow Jackets and Panthers have
played every year since 1996.

• Eustis has won three straight games in the rivalry, matching its longest winning streak — the Panthers
also won three straight from 1977 through 1980 (no game in 1979) and from 1996 through 1998.

• Leesburg’s longest winning streak is eight games, from 2008 until 2015. The Yellow Jackets have won
15 games by shutouts — compared to four for Eustis — including three in a row from 1973 through 1975.

• Neither team has been shut out since 1993.

• Leesburg has won the majority of games played in every decade since the 1920s. Aside from winning the
only matchup in the 1920s (in 1927) and all three in the 1930s, the Yellow Jackets won 7-of-9 in the 1950s
and 6-of-9 since 2010.

• The Yellow Jackets have won 12-of-19 games since 2000.

Tavares (4-4) at Orlando Jones (7-1)

7 p.m., Tigers Stadium

Last week, Tavares lost to Leesburg 31-19. Jones beat Mount Dora 61-7. This is a Class 5A-District 7
contest. Jones has played three Lake County teams this season — Leesburg, Mount Dora and Eustis —
and have outscored the three 168-7 and won all three games. Tavares won two of three against those
same teams — losing only to Leesburg — and outscored them 97-85.

Next week, Tavares wraps up its first season under coach Gary Dugger with a home game against
Deltona Pine Ridge.

Orlando Bishop Moore (6-3) at Mount Dora (2-6)

7 p.m., Hurricanes Stadium

Last week, Mount Dora lost on the road to Orlando Jones 61-7. Bishop Moore beat Eustis 62-6. Bishop
Moore has won five straight since losing to Jones on Sept. 13 and has outscored Leesburg and Eustis in
its last two games 100-6. Mount Dora has lost four straight since beating Eustis 41-26 on Sept. 27. Next
week, the Hurricanes close out the regular season at home against Umatilla.

Pierson Taylor (3-4) at Umatilla (1-7)

7 p.m., Bulldogs Stadium

Last week, Umatilla lost to Wildwood 55-6. Pierson Taylor lost to Keystone Heights 41-14. After starting the
season showing signs of improvement under first-year coach Charlie Cerney, Umatilla has struggled of
late. The Bulldogs have been outscored 165-6 in their last three games. Taylor has lost four of its last five
games. Next week, Umatilla will close out the regular season at Mount Dora.

Spring Hill Springstead (8-0) at Lake Minneola (5-3)

7:30 p.m., Hawks Stadium

Last week, Lake Minneola lost to Ocala Vanguard 50-34. Springstead beat South Lake 42-24. This is a
Class 6A-District 5 game and will determine the district championship. The winner also will secure a
home game in the opening round of the Class 6A playoffs. Lake Minneola running back Kyeandre Magloire
has run for 1,606 yards and scored 23 touchdowns this season following a 296-yard effort against
Vanguard. Next week, Lake Minneola wraps up the regular season at Leesburg.

Starke Bradford (3-4) at South Sumter (6-2)

7:30 p.m., Inman Sherman Field

Last week, South Sumter beat St. Petersburg 35-7. Bradford beat Palatka 41-27. South Sumter has won
three straight and is now the second-seeded team in the Class 4A-Region 2 rankings, which would be
good enough for a first-round bye if the playoffs began this week. Next week, South Sumter wraps up its
regular season on the road against Gainesville P.K. Yonge.

Wildwood (5-3) at The Villages (5-2)

7 p.m., The Range

Last week, Wildwood beat Umatilla 55-6. The Villages had a bye, but lost to South Sumter 22-21 on Oct.
11. The teams have spilt their last two meetings; Wildwood won 42-35 in 2017 in The Villages and the
Buffalo prevailed 42-34 last year in Wildwood. Next week, Wildwood closes out its regular season at
Belleview while The Villages travels to Orlando First Academy.

Orlando Olympia (3-5) at East Ridge (4-4)

7 p.m., The Dungeon

Last week, East Ridge lost to Orlando Dr. Phillips 47-10. Olympia lost to Orlando Boone 56-17. This is
homecoming for East Ridge. The Knights have lost four of its last five games, including their last three at
home. Next week, East Ridge will wrap up the regular season — its third under coach Jason Robinson —
and celebrate Senior Night against South Lake.

South Lake (3-5) at Apopka Wekiva (6-2)

7 p.m., Baptiste Orthodontics Stadium

Last week, South Lake lost to Spring Hill Springstead 42-24. Wekiva beat Ocala Forest 42-7. This is a
Class 7A-District 3 contest. South Lake is 1-1 in the district. Next week, South Lake travels to East Ridge.

Mount Dora Christian Academy (6-2) at Jacksonville Christ’s Church Academy (7-1)

7 p.m., Christ’s Church Field

Last week, MDCA was on its bye week, but lost on Oct. 11 to Windermere Prep 32-28. Christ’s Church beat
Bronson 50-18. This is a Sunshine State Athletic Conference Football Bowl Subdivision opening round
playoff game. MDCA running back Tyler Allen is second in Lake County with 1,443 yards rushing. He has
also scored 19 touchdowns. The winner of this game will move on to play Orlando Christian Prep next
week in Orlando.

First Academy of Leesburg (4-4) at Winter Haven All Saints’ Academy

7 p.m., Jahna Field

Last week, First Academy lost to Ocoee Central Florida Christian Academy 45-12. All Saints’ beat Lakeland
Santa Fe Catholic 21-15. This is a SSAC Football Championship Subdivision quarterfinal round playoff
game. All Saints’ Academy is the defending SSAC FCS champion. The winner of this game moves on to
next week’s FCS semifinals against Ocoee Legacy or Lakeland Santa Fe.

This article was provided by Gerald Lacey
Gerald Lacey is the senior sports writer covering Leesburg High School Sports for the Carver Heights
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