It was an incredible journey for The Leesburg High School Yellow Jackets. It had to come to an end sometime and Lake Wales, who were last years defending State Champions were just too much for the Yellow Jackets to handle. Leesburg High finished the season 10-2. The only losses this year coming against Vanguard and ultimately Lake Wales who let everyone know why they are the defending State Champions.
(The Yellow Jackets gave fans plenty to be excited about as most of this team will return for the 2024 season. While some players will graduate, the core group will get yet another year to mature together.)
Congratulations to this team, they made Lake County very proud. Coach Steven Moffett, who is in his first season as Leesburg’s head football coach was named the 3S District Coach of the year. He was successful in outscoring opponents 407-104 during the regular season. Numbers that Leesburg has not seen in over a decade.
Quarterback Salomon Georges was voted as the 3S District Player of the year. During the regular season, Georges had 32 total touchdowns. Through nine games he had zero interceptions, Georges also had well over 2,000 yards of total offense.
(Salomon Georges had one of the best seasons for a Leesburg High quarterback in school history.)
Meanwhile, Leesburg’s running back Lavoctris Patterson had 10 total touchdowns with over 600 yards rushing. Leesburg’s two main wide receivers finish the season with over 1,300 yards combined. Both Demetice Mccray and Evan James mirrored one another all year long. Both are under classman and will return for their senior and junior years respectively.
The entire culture of Leesburg High School Football changed for the better. This coaching staff and these players believed all year long that they could go out and win football games. They believed they could play with the best and they did just that.
(Coach Steven Moffett led the Yellow Jackets to a 10-2 season one of the best in school history.)
Although the season is over, there is excitement within the program. Most of this team will be back next year and with an entire off-season to work on things, we fully expect Leesburg to come out and contend in much of the same way next year.
Congratulations to the Yellow Jackets on this amazing season. We hope that they can carry it into next year. As for Lake Wales, they get to play one more week for a spot in the State Semi-Finals. We wish them the best of luck.