Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: WEEK 6; Jubilee after Yulee Victory Hornets' Defense Steps Up to Force Five Turnovers in a Critical District 3-2B Win

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: WEEK 6; Jubilee after Yulee Victory Hornets' Defense Steps Up to Force Five Turnovers in a Critical District 3-2B Win

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Byline: HAYS CARLYON

Yulee's sensational sophomore running back Derrick Henry gets the hype.

The Hornets' defense now deserves some of its own.

Yulee came within 39 seconds of shutting out host West Nassau to beat the rival Warriors 17-6 in a crucial District 3-2B matchup on Friday night. The Hornets forced five West Nassau turnovers, recovering four fumbles.

"Our kids are ball-conscious," Yulee coach Bobby Ramsey said. "You have to get hats to the football to force turnovers and that's what our kids did. They did a great job of stripping the ball out. Our defense was phenomenal and practically pitched a shutout."

The Warriors (4-1, 1-1) entered the game averaging 45 points and 487 yards a contest. Yulee (4-1, 2-0) allowed West Nassau to gain 336 yards, but consistently kept the Warriors off of the scoreboard.

"Our turnover ratio [plus-4] had been pretty good before tonight," West Nassau coach George Nelson said. "It's was one of those nights and just not characteristic of our club. We'd drive down the field and then have a turnover."

Yulee linebacker Kelvin Rainey led the defensive effort, forcing three of West Nassau's seven fumbles and recovering two. The 6-foot-3, 218-pound junior also broke a 35-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.

"This is the biggest win you could imagine," Rainey said. "We've dreamt about this day. They beat us last year. We knew coming in we needed to have a championship mindset and we did."

Yulee had command of the game early. The Hornets took the opening possession 80 yards in eight plays. Henry capped the drive with an 11-yard touchdown run. The sophomore, who entered the game averaging 284 rushing yards a contest, carried six times for 69 yards on the drive.

He finished with 133 yards on 31 carries. Through five games, Henry has rushed for 1,272 yards and 17 touchdowns.

"Defensively, I thought we did pretty well," Nelson said. "We did about as good as you can against their talented running back. …

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