HS Football Preview: Gainesville Hosts Leesburg

The Gainesville Hurricanes will host a conference game against the Leesburg Yellow Jackets on Tonight at Citizens Field. The Hurricanes have an overall record of 4-3 while the Yellow Jackets have a 1-6 record.

Gainesville Looking For a Win

The Hurricanes are looking to snap a two-game losing streak. Last week the team had a tough 49-28 loss against the Vanguard Knights, a district rival. While Vanguard’s offense overwhelmed Gainesville last Friday, the Hurricanes kept fighting throughout the game.  QB Luke Matthews was 18-for-32 with 223 yards and one TD;  WR Jalen Kelsey had eight catches and 141 yards; RB K-Z Hutchinson had nine carries, 35 yards and two TD; and Niles Cromwell had 14 carries, 80 yards and one TD in Friday’s contest.

Comparing The Teams

Historically, Gainesville has been the dominant team against Leesburg. Last season, the Hurricanes overpowered the Yellow Jackets 49-14. In the 2016 season, GHS also won 38-12.

This season, the Hurricanes seem to struggle most against good offensive teams. The team’s three losses this season (Columbia, Buchholz and Vanguard) were against offensive powerhouses. However, Gainesville is 2-1 in conference play, defeating Lake Weir (47-24) and Forest (46-7) earlier this season.  In comparison, Leesburg is 0-3 against district opponents. Leesburg has already faced Forest and Vanguard this season and both ended in tough losses for the Yellow Jackets.

With the regular season coming to a close, Leesburg is desperately hoping for a district win tonight. While their only win this season was in an away game, Gainesville has not lost at home all season. Tonight’s district game will also be the Hurricane’s homecoming game, so between the home-field advantage and a better district-record, GHS has a solid chance to win tonight and improve their conference record to 3-1.

Looking Forward

After tonight’s matchup, Gainesville has two more scheduled games for the regular season. Next week, the Hurricanes will have a district game against South Lake and the following game will be a cross-town-rival game against Eastside.

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