Moore Haven Terrier to play Marco Island Academy Mantas

Moore Haven learned the hard way how tough district championships will be on Friday, Sept. 9,  when they took on Okeechobee, who pounded the Terriers 45-7.

Moore Haven TerriersCoach Richard Roudybush is not afraid to schedule tough and larger schools so that his players can learn what it takes to be successful at a high level.

There were some positives for the Terriers. They drove 50 yards for a touchdown on their first drive thanks to the legs of quarterback John Cox. He had 76 yards rushing in the game. Several younger running backs got some experience in the game as Lorenzo Sampson rushed for 23 yards.

Eric Hunter, who was hospitalized after a hard hit in the first half, was given a clean bill of health and will be back in uniform tonight.

This is homecoming week as the parade will be held on Friday, Sept. 16 at 1:30 pm.

Coach Roudybush said his team should learn from every game and every game film they see, “The most important thing for us is to see what we can fix. Okeechobee exposed our weaknesses. It was a positive though as a coach because it gives you something to teach about. We now know how tough it’ll be in our six week district schedule.”

Samantha Rimes organizes the annual homecoming. Roudybush had nothing but praise for her work and how she coordinates with the football players so they can take part in the celebration.

Coach Roudybush said all of his players are heathy and many came in to get extra treatment on Saturday, Sept. 10. He said the team continues to be very young as they often have 7-8 underclassmen on the field.

“Were trying to understand where the kids fit into the system. They’re young and we have some kinks to work out. All the kids though are great and they have bought into what we are doing.”

Marco Island Academy has a new coach this year, Damon Coiro, who has experience coaching high school and college ball in North Carolina and New Jersey. They are off to an (0-2) start this year. The Manta’s forfeited the first game against Lake Highland Prep and then lost at Boca Raton Christian last week 44-34.

Coach Roudybush said he expects Marco Island to try and run the football. He also expects to face a physical defense.

“I think it’ll be a nice little test for us,” he added.

Key players for the Manta Rays include Matt Grille, Von Deese, Will Carlisle and Tyler Gresham who scored two touchdowns in the team’s 10 point loss to Boca Raton Christian last week.

The game is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m. There is a charge for parking and admission.

Special to Glades County Democrat

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