Leesburg Freshmen QB Leads Central Florida In Passing Yards

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2014 Leesburg Yellow Jackets Football Archives Leesburg Freshmen Quarterback Wyatt Rector throws a pass over the outstretched arms of a Ocala West Port defender during game action at Leesburg Memorial Field at Hubert O. Dabney Stadium on Friday, September 26, 2014. (Photo by Ashley Beyer, Freelance Photographer) Carver Heights Quarterback Club, Leesburg High School, Leesburg, Florida

By Gerald Lacey
Senior Writer
Carver Heights Quarterback Club
Friday, October 3, 2014, 9:54 a.m.

LEESBURG – Quarterback Wyatt Rector has established himself as one of the nations premier passers halfway through his freshmen season. Rector is Central Florida’s leading passer according to the Orlando Sentinel. Rector comes into tonight’s game with 1,329 yards in five starts this season.

Rector leads the Jackets (3-2, 0-0) in rushing with 231 yards. He will play in his first district game
tonight against the Eagles of Edgewater High School (2-2, 0-0) at Leesburg Memorial Field at Hubert O. Dabney Stadium. Edgewater has been picked by several media outlets as the favorite to win the Class 6A District 10 Championship.

The Jackets are attempting to advance to the FHSAA State playoffs three consecutive years for time
since the early 1930’s. A win tonight by Leesburg would put them in the drivers seat of district race and in position to win back to back district titles for the first time in the programs 90 year history. Rector’s grandfather Charlie Rector won a district championship at LHS in 1971 and his father Clay Rector (Carson-Newman College) in 1992.

Rector’s father Clay played in the famous 1991 game between the two schools in a game that will
forever be remembered by the Jacket Nation. Leesburg pulled that one off that night on a goal line
stand on the last play of the game. Ty Lawrence’s tackle on Edgewater’s Gerod Davis in the backfield
was heard around the state and propelled the program to elite status.

Kickoff is at 7:00 p.m


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Clermont East Ridge Remains King Of Lake County Football, September 22, 2012


Jackets Lose Two Games In A Row For The First Time During Randy
Trivers Tenure At Leesburg

By Gerald Lacey
Senior Writer
Carver Heights Quarterback Club
September 14, 2012

LEESBURG – The 2012 FHSAA Class 7A District 4 schedule begin last night for the Fightin’ Yellow Jackets of Leesburg High School. The Jackets entered the 2012 campaign with hopes of ending it’s 20 year playoff win drought. Leesburg hosted it’s South Lake County rival Clermont East Ridge for the first time in five seasons at Leesburg Memorial Field at Hubert O. Dabney Stadium.

East Ridge capitalized on another slow start by the Jackets offense and outlasted Leesburg 49-48 in overtime. Bad weather had both teams struggling in the first half of the game. The last time the Yellow Jackets have lost back to back games at Hubert O. Dabney Stadium was during the 2004 season. The loss has virtually eliminated Leesburg from the 2012 FHSAA Playoffs barring a late season meltdown by East Ridge and Orlando Maynard Evans.

Leesburg found itself in the hole 14-0 early in the first quarter of the game and had to play catchup football the rest of the way. The Black Jackets defense gave up 49 points the most given up by Leesburg since November 11, 2005, when Tim Tebow led St. Augustine Nease to a 63-20 win over the Jackets.

The defense is finally showing signs of the departure of Defensive Coordinator Curt Bradley this past offseason to Braden River High School.

For the second year in a row a Leesburg defender has had a pick 6 called back in a crucial district game. Senior OLB/P/RB Austin Walker picked off a pass early in the first quarter and returned it for a score only to have clipping called on the return. On the very next play East Ridge picked off a Leesburg pass regaining momentum in the contest.

East Ridge saw something in the Jackets Kickoff return team and elected to kick line drives all night. The strategy worked as East Ridge recovered two of the kicks setting up easy scores for the Knights. Leesburg got a spark from its special team also with senior Jeremy Jones blocking a punt for the second week in a row for the Jackets. The Jackets went into halftime trailing 21-20

At the beginning of the second half East Ridge jumped out to a 35-30 lead. They would stretch the lead to 42-20 before Leesburg scored 28 unanswered points to take a 48-42 lead in overtime. On the extra point attempt there were only 10 players on the field forcing the Jackets to take a timeout. After the timeout the snap was low on the extra point attempt and the kick was short leaving the score at 48-42 in Leesburg’s favor.

The Jackets defense forced East Ridge into a 4th and goal from the 10 yard line in overtime. East Ridge converted on fourth down to tie the game. The extra point attempt was good and East Ridge had come into Dabney Stadium and stole another win from the Jackets. East Ridge (2-2, 1-0) is now tied with Orlando Evans for the district lead. The loss dropped Leesburg to 2-2 (0-1) and they will face St. Cloud for homecoming Friday night.

Clermont East Ridge vs. Leesburg High School Football Game Highlights, September 21, 2012

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