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Leesburg Wins First Orange Belt Victory, 13 To 6
Jackets Beat Apopka In Home Season Opener
The Daily Commercial
Friday, September 30, 1956
Playing without the services of Fullback Eddie Parker or Halfback Chuck Showley, the Yellow Jackets of
Leesburg High were nevertheless able to stave off a determined band of Blue Darters from Apopka
high and emerged victorious, 13 to 6, in the home opener at Memorial Field Friday night.
Leesburg struck early in the game when a poor punt gave them the ball on the Apopka 32 yard line after
a eight yard return by quarterback Ivan Roberts. On the second play of scrimmage it was Roberts again
who connected with right end Jerry Garlock for a touchdown. The conversion attempt failed.
The first quarter ended for the Yellow Jackets with thier back to the wall. An Apopka kicked rolled rolled
out on the Leesburg two. The locals were unable to move the ball and was forced to punt. Apopka took
over on th eYellow Jackets 47 and in a sustained drive scored the six points to tie.
The conversion attempt was not successful when the Blue Darter fullback Dickie Jonson was
A 19 yard pass from Quarterback Jerome Shaw to Scatback Larry Foss set up the touchdown in th
eYellow Jackrts five.
AS the third quarter ended the Yellow Jacketrs started a drive from their own 39 and this time were not
be denied. Quarterback Roberts took to the air in this drive throwing co9mpletions toFullback Mike
Higgins, End Jerry Garlock, and Halfback Bobby Blount set it up on the one-yard line. From there
bulled it over. Another pass from Roberts to Higgins gave the locals the point and Leesburg went
13 to 6.
Near the close of the game Halfback Lonnie White brought the partisian crowd to it's feet with an
electrifying 48 yard run to the Apopka three-yard line. The lone Apopka defender was able to bring him
down before th could cross the couble stripe however. The ball went over to Apoka when a fumble in
backfield and tow incompleted passes along with an attempted run failed to move the pigskin.
Apopka was not able to move and punted to the Yellow Jackets. The game ended with Leesburg
out the clock.
The Blue Darters had some fine loking backs and near the end of the first half alternated their
quarterbacks constantly. Curtis Stone and Jerome Shaw shared honors in this position. In the second
Coach George Sengel of the Blue Darters continued to shift his backfield. This time he alternated
Fullbacks Dickie Johnson and Dalton Cleghorn. These combinations plus Halfbacks Bobby chandler
Larryu Foss was sufficient to keep our boys busy trhoughtout the game.
For Leesburg the passing of Quarterback Ivasn Roberts showed considerable improvement over the
week before. His signal calling continues to be a shining light to the Jacket offense. Lonnie White
a spark of brillance in that 48 yard jaunt of his and is sure to be heard from before the season ends.
Halfback Bobby Blount played his usual spirited game and more than onec was a threat to go all the
On the line local fans got their first look at freshman end Gene Weaver, who looked impressive. Jimmy
Johnson at tackle was a fifth man in the Apopka backfield many times.
Apopka: Foss 31, Johnson 15, Chandler 52, Shaw 12, Cleghorn 26.
Leesburg: Blount 71, White 46, Roberts 36, Higgins 34.
Score by periods:
Apopka 0 6 0 0 - 6
Leesburg 6 0 0 7 - 13
Scoring: Apopka: Touchdown-Chandler 1, run.
Leesburg: Touchdown Garlock (15 yard pass from
Roberts) Roberts 1, run. Conversion Higgins (pass