Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Fletcher Grid Team Beaten By Leesburg, November 1953

Orange Belt Conference Leaders Record 21-6 Win at Beach


Leesburg, a ball club that has won six of seven games, claimed its seventh at the beach last night by thumping Fletcher, 21-6 at Jacksonville Beach. Of the seven games won by the Orange Belt Conference leaders, it was one of the bitterest on their schedule, Fletcher, winning only once in seven games, battling the Yellow Jackets to the wire in a vicious tackling game.

The heat of battle reached its peak in the fourth period when a defending Fletcher back tangled briefly with a Leesburg end on a pass play that resulted in a flareup of tempers.

Fletcher tried desperately for its second win with a second period touchdown that was matched by Leesburg on the return kickoff. Of the separate TD's only Leesburg managed to convert, putting the Jackets ahead 7-6, a lead they never relinquished. From there on out, the mid-starters ran and passed against a hot-and-cold Fletcher defense that buckled at two crucial times that resulted in Leesburg touchdowns.

Wallace Hall, grabbing two Billy McLean passes for gains of 43 and 15 yards in the third period, plunged for two of Leesburg's touchdowns, with McLean getting the other on a quarterback sneak. McLean's passes played an effective part in two of the Jackets three drives.

Fletcher counted its only TD in the second period after a Senator punt was recovered by Fletcher's Glen Burgess on the Leesburg 35. Jimmy Batts scored from the 12. The point try was no good.

Score by quarters:

Fletcher........... 6  0  0  0  -  6
Leesburg......... 0 14 7 0  - 21

Article provided by:
Gerald Lacey
Staff Writer
Carver Heights Quarterback Club
1986 Varsity Jackets Football Lettermen #82
Class of 1988 Leesburg High School 
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