Eustis' Gamble Fails, Leesburg Holds On, 7-6
September 28, 1985
By Tim Wilson, Sentinel Correspondent
LEESBURG — Senior fullback Jon Cannon rushed for 105 yards, including a game-tying
touchdown midway through the fourth quarter Friday night, as Leesburg High School edged
rival Eustis, 7-6.
Cannon's touchdown was the first allowed by Eustis this season, and the Panthers made a run
at offsetting it in the final seconds, but a 25-yard field goal attempt by Kris Haupt was short.
''Jon is just a great runner,'' Leesburg Coach Gene Foster said. ''It feels good to get this first
The teams did little more than exchange punts in three scoreless quarters before Eustis (1-2)
put together a 60-yard drive with 11:29 to play. Junior fullback C.J. Thompson, who picked up
every yard in the drive on five carries, got the touchdown on an 8-yard run. But Eustis faked a
kick on the conversion and fumbled, leaving the Panthers with a 6-0 lead.
The Panthers then tried an onsides kick, but Leesburg (1-2) gained possession with it came
good field position -- at the Yellow Jackets' 45-yard line.
They drove to the Eustis 1-yard line, and Cannon burst into the end zone to tie the score with
7:55 left. Jody Phillips then won it with a conversion kick.
Cannon's score was the first touchdown allowed by the Panthers' defense this season.
Eustis' attempt at victory began with 3 minutes to go, when Robbie Terrell recovered a Yellow
Jackets fumble on the Leesburg 40. The Panthers moved the ball to the Leesburg 15, but a
25-yard, field-goal attempt by was short as time ran out.
''I wasn't surprised when they the Panthers gambled on the onsides kick, but it gave us good
field position -- luckily,'' Foster said.
Eustis Coach Steve Brown was not available for comment after the game.
Terrell rushed for 70 yards on eight carries, and junior quarterback Earl Young was 3-for-13
with 20 yards passing and had 20 yards rushing.
Leesburg junior quarterback Steve Madden completed 5 of 15 passes for 35 yards and
rushed 60 yards for the Yellow Jackets.
Kevin Brown had 15 yards rushing and caught two passes for 22 yards to help Leesburg's
plays Class AAA rival week. Eustis travels to Groveland.
1985 Leesburg High School Varsity Football Team
September 28, 1985
Leesburg Public Library
100 East Main Street
Leesburg Florida 34748
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