Citrus was unable to convert on five first-half fumbles against Leesburg Friday, and the Yellow Jackets took advantage with a 26-12 victory over the Hurricanes.
The Yellow Jackets (2-6) won only their sixth game since 1993. The Hurricanes fell to 4-4. Leesburg freshman tailback Toris Carter ran for 100 yards in only his fourth game since moving up from junior varsity, while senior Anthony Walker added 103 yards on the ground to lead a rushing effort of 300 yards.
Citrus standout running back Walter Bentley managed 79 yards on 28 carries. The senior scored two touchdowns on 1-yard runs. Bentley has 960 yards and 11 touchdowns on the year.
Citrus held Leesburg quarterback Jeff Stewart to 1-of-7 passing with only 12 yards, while Jeff Beaudet and Keith Posta both intercepted Stewart once. Robert Fields scored two touchdowns for Leesburg, while Derald Tucker and Carter scored one apiece.
"It felt good to play someone human again," said Leesburg coach Bud O'Hara, after facing state-ranked Ocala Vanguard and Lake Butler Union County the past two weeks. "That Bentley was a load. We may have slowed him down, but we didn't shut him down."