West Orange stays unbeaten and ruins Leesburg's homecoming with a 41-14 victory

Both teams entered the game unbeaten, but West Oranges Garrett Johnson scored three

September 20, 2013|By Joe Williams, Orlando Sentinel

LEESBURG — It's not easy to get West Orange's offense off the field, and Leesburg found
that out Friday night.

The Warriors, with one of Central Florida's most efficient offenses, spoiled homecoming for
Leesburg (3-1), taking a 41-14 victory at Leesburg Memorial Field/Hubert O. Dabney

West Orange quarterback Hayden Griffitts was 16-of-19 for 299 yards and two touchdowns.
Senior wide receiver Garrett Johnson scored three touchdowns as a double-threat with 65
yards rushing and 99 yards receiving.

West Orange (4-0), No. 4 in the Sentinel Super 16, scored on all five of its possessions in
the first half. On four of those possessions, Leesburg's defense had an opportunity to get off
the field on third-and-long situations, but either Griffitts or running back Jamarcus Federick
came up with big plays.

"When we get in third-and-long situations, normally it's tough for teams," Griffitts said. "But
our coaches do a good job of putting us in good situations. They put us in situations where
we can succeed."

On the first possession, the Warriors faced a third-and-11 from the Leesburg 32, but Griffitts
hit Eddie McDoom for a 20-yard gain. Again it was McDoom who came up with a big third-
down play on the Warriors' second possession, hauling in a 33-yard pass. On the third
possession, it was Federick who rushed for 12 yards on third down.

And, on the fifth possession, West Orange faced third down twice, but a 6-yard run by
Federick and a 14-yard gain by Griffitts kept the Warriors in possession.

"Hayden does a good job of getting the ball downfield, and we try to get the ball in Jamarcus'
hands as much as possible," West Orange coach Bob Head said. "Garrett is just a
awesome football player. I love watching him play."

By the time the half ended, Federick and Johnson combined to give the Warriors a 34-0
lead. Federick scored on runs of 7 and 14 yards and Johnson scored three times.
Johnson's first score was on a 41-yard double reverse and caught touchdown passes of 36
and 5 yards from Griffitts.

It wasn't until 8:19 remaining in the third quarter that Leesburg finally stopped the Warriors
on downs.

"They are a good football team," Leesburg coach Randy Trivers said. "Early on, they were
able to sustain drives and that is what good teams do. We had some players out of position
on those plays so they capitalized."

With the West Orange offense, averaging 46 points a game, running smoothly, Leesburg's
offense struggled with turnovers.

Twice in the half, Leesburg quarterback Jabari Dunham lost fumbles when passes slipped
out of his hands. The first one came with 9 seconds remaining in the first quarter and the
loose ball was recovered by West Orange's Brandon Wilson. The second, late in the second
quarter, was recovered by Bryceden Jones.

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West Orange 41, Leesburg 14

FIRST — WO: Federick 7 run (Silva kick); WO: Federick 14 run (Silva kick). SECOND — WO:
Johnson 41 run (Silva kick); WO: Johnson 36 pass from H. Griffitts (kick failed); WO:
Johnson 5 pass from H. Griffitts (Silva kick). THIRD — WO: Scott 3 run (Silva kick). FOURTH
— L: Lattimore 14 pass from Dunham (Eldridge kick); L: Dunham 1 run (Eldridge kick)..
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West Orange High wide receiver Garrett Johnson (7) pushes Leesburg defenders
into the endzone for a touchdown during the West Orange High at Leesburg High
School football game on Friday, September 20, 2013. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando
Sentinel) (Stephen M. Dowell / Orlando Sentinel)