The Leesburg Commercial
Thursday, September 21, 1934
Leesburg Public Library
100 East Main Street
Leesburg Florida 34748
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1986 Leesburg High School Varsity Football Lettermen
Class of 1988 Leesburg High School
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First Game of Football Tonight on Home Field
With Jackets vs. Cocoa
The Leesburg Commercial
Friday, September 28, 1934
LEESBURG - Coach Ray Hayes of the Leesburg Yellow Jackets is more than pleased at the "football
attitude: of Leesburg these past few days. Never before have merchants gone to the school and
volunteered valuable space in their windows to display football trophies and appear so willing to make
Leesburg football minded prior to the opening game of the season. Mr. Lansden, of the Associated 5 and
10c stores applied first, then the Crescent and the Rexall and carried off all available trophies that could
be used for display purposes. I.E. Beasley is advertising manager for the team and he has worked
faithfully in this capacity until many cars in Leesburg bear stickers portraying a murderous Yellow Jacket
and then a schedule of the games for the season.
Leesburg's band will be on the field Friday night to add color and tune to the opening game and Mr.
Beasley has planned a noisesome parade through the streets of Leesburg for Friday afternoon.
Cocoa, judging from its showing last year, will present a good strong team. The enrollment at Cocoa is
practically the same as at Leesburg. Coach Brandt, of the University of Florida, is working with the Cocoa
boys and will probably use the Notre Dame system. This is his first year at Cocoa.
The Leesburg Yellow Jackets are in good shape and are working hard and appear overly anxious to make
a good start. The potential power of the team is yet to be shown, yet Coach Hayes feels confident that,
when the boys find themselves and have gone through their first game, they will come through with one of
the strongest and best teams that has been turned out in many a year.
"Old, familiar, faces" appearing in the line up will be: Oxford, at center, a senior weighting about 190. He
made the "all conference center: last year, and is one of the best defensive tackles in any high school.
Billy Johnston, guard, a senior weighting about 200. If he is able to develop more aggressiveness, will
make a first class guard as he is one of the hardest and most willing workers on the squad. Jack Knowles,
tackle, a junior weighing 200, expects to show up well but must develop his defensive work. Fonia
Pennington, left end, senior, weight 180, made second team all conference end in 1932, and all
conference end in 1933. Fonia probably is the most aggressive man on the team. Leonard Phillips
(Frankenstein), tackle, junior, weight 215. Frankenstein's size is what makes him most aggressive, but is
wonderful on the offense. Must improve his defensive work.
LEESBURG MEMORIAL FIELD AT HUBERT O. DABNEY STADIUM, HOME OF THE JACKETS