Moore Haven football team plays in jamboree

MOORE HAVEN — The Moore Haven Terriers fell to Benjamin 39-9 in the team’s spring football game on May 20.

Highlights for the Terriers included a nine yard touchdown pass from LJ Sampson to Eric Hunter, and a field goal by Delfino Mayorga.

Alduvar Gary caught three passes for 53 yards and Sampson rushed nine times for 46 yards for the Terrier offense.

On defense, John Cox had an interception and a forced fumble. Deshon Ross had seven tackles which included four tackles for loss, and a forced fumble. Garrett Palladino had five tackles and an interception.

Coach Richard Roudybush said he felt this was the best spring his team has played in his three years as coach. He said Benjamin was a great test for his squad with several players being recruited by major universities.

“It was a great measuring stick for us and helps us to close the gap on programs like they have,” he added.

The team dressed 37 players for the spring game and suffered no major injuries.

Roudybush said he was thrilled with the improvement showed by young players like Danye Washington, and Javian Tullock during the spring.

“It was great for them to see what high school ball looks like. They got to see a team with a lot of talent and it should help them get a grasp of what Friday night football is like,” he added.

It’ll be a busy summer for the Terriers as they will hold weight lifting workouts Monday through Thursday from 3-5 p.m. They also plan to play several 7-on-7 summer passing league tournaments.

The Terriers will not be in a district next year. The top four in their classification will qualify for the playoffs. Moore Haven also joined a conference with Southwest Florida Christian, St. John Neumann, Oasis, LaBelle, and Community School of Naples. The team also added Mulberry to the fall schedule.

Roudybush said he thinks the team has what it takes to be a playoff team in the fall.

“We would have qualified for playoff the last two years under this system. We just have to win games. As long as the players take care of business on Friday night we won’t have anything to worry about.”

Ross was offered a scholarship by the University of Massachusetts after the game. He also has offers from Marshall, Florida International and Florida Atlantic. Cox has also received offers to play college football. Over 10 colleges attended the spring game to watch the players.

Special to Glades County Democrat

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