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Atkins' Passing Leads Jones Past Leesburg,14-0
By Chuck McClung of The Sentinel Staff
October 4, 1986
ORLANDO — Orlando Jones quarterback Eric Atkins passed for one touchdown and ran for a second
Friday night to lead the surging Tigers to a 14-0 drubbing of Leesburg before 1,200 fans at Orlando
Atkins, thrust into the starting position just this week, completed 10 of 17 pass attempts for 127 yards in
leading Jones (2-2, 1-1) to its second consecutive victory.
''We needed to start winning and I had to make some changes,'' Jones Coach Ernest Swift said. ''So I
thought we would do better by putting Eric in at quarterback and moving James Morris to running back. I
think that combination worked tonight.''
What didn't work was the pass-oriented offense of Leesburg. Entering the game, quarterback Steve
Madden was the fifth-rated quarterback in Central Florida with 303 yards on 24 completions and four
Madden was a dismal 3 of 11 for 14 yards and one interception Friday.
''We couldn't get going offensively,'' Leesburg Coach Gene Foster said. ''Their defense did a good job
us and we did a pretty good job on ourselves.''
Leesburg (2-2, 1-1) took charge in the first quarter, driving deep into Tigers territory on its first three
possession. Each drive, however, was halted by turnovers.
Atkins, who at 6 feet 4 is 6 inches taller than previous starter Morris, overcame a sputtering first quarter
and connected with Ira Hall for a 21-yard TD with 5:40 remaining in the second to give Jones a 6-0 lead.
Hall showed tremendous concentration in catching the pass after it was knocked several yards into the
by a defender.
Atkins then called his own number in the third quarter with a 5-yard touchdown run, capping a 67-yard
Jones ended its scoring when a poor snap for center went over Leesburg punter Jeff Keene's head.
Keene recovered the ball in the end zone and was tackled by Morris, who plays defensive back on
defense, for a safety.
Jones, Central Florida's 10th-ranked defense, allowing only 164 yards per game, held Leesburg to