Moore Haven Terrier preview

Moore Haven Football Coach Richard Roudybush said he is fired up about his Terriers and how hard they worked over the summer.

The team began fall camp last week with 34 varsity players and 24 players due to play on the middle school team.

“We had a great summer,” he noted, “It was probably the best attendance in a while. The kids came together, had a great summer and it’s a great spring board into the season.”

The schedule this summer included 3-4 days per week of weight training at the new weight room at Moore Haven high school. Roudybush said the kids really enjoyed the new equipment and were excited to get in there and get stronger.

The team also attended a team camp at Ava Maria University, and played in 7 on 7 passing leagues during that camp and also in Immokalee.

“Conditioning this year was awesome. The kids were excited about the new equipment and the kids got stronger every day,” he added.

Roudybush also praised his assistant coaches and their efforts this summer to get the team ready. He said his players love to play football and that makes his job easier.

Roudybush comes from high school coaching experience at North Fort Myers High, Gulf Coast High and in Naples. He also is the school Athletic Director. He teaches Marketing and weight classes. He said he is excited to tackle all of these roles.

Key players for the Terriers this year include Co-Captains Jose Garcia and John Cox. Garcia is a hard working lineman who has started for the Terriers since the seventh grade. Roudybush said Garcia sets a great example with his work ethic. He said Garcia also demands that his teammates give a full effort at every practice.

Cox will be the team’s starter at QB. He has recovered from a leg injury suffered in the spring game. Roudybush said Cox is the strongest player, pound for pound on the team. “He has perfect attendance and never misses a day. He’s a great leader and I can’t speak highly of him.”

Cox also has a high grade point average.

Tailback Deangelo Ware will step in as a key player this year. Ware is one of the top track stars in the state as he made state in the long jump this year. He also was slowed by a hamstring injury in the spring. Roudybush said Ware is fully recovered and should make a big impact this year.

“He scored over 20 touchdowns last year in a variety of ways. He looks great right now. I’m excited to have him and I predict he’ll have a real breakout year.”

The Terriers plan to be a run first offense and hope to open up things in the passing game if they run the ball successfully.

On defense, having 34 players should help a lot with proper rest and injuries. Roudybush said he’d like to see only one or two linemen have to play both offense and defense. He said they should be more effective if they can play only one way.

Noah Johnson and Barry Rednour are two players he thinks should help the team on the defensive line.
Other key players for the team include Wide receiver Ty Reed and corner back Kenton Tullock.

The main question marks for the Terriers again will be depth, injuries and attitude. Roudybush wants the team to perform well when adversity strikes.

“Can we play for four quarters and how are we going to act when things go south or bad plays happen. I think we can compete for a district title,” he added.

First Baptist of Naples has won a district title for five years. Other teams to watch include St. John Neumann, and Evangelical Christian.

Roudybush said with a large district, every week will be important. He compared it to playing a playoff game every week.

“The district games are the ones that matter. Every week is important. I’m excited about that and I feel our district is wide open,” he added.

Moore Haven opens their schedule on Friday, August 21st when they visit Jupiter Christian. The season and home opener will be held on Friday, August 28th when Moore Haven hosts Somerset Academy of Pembroke Pines.

Special to Glades County Democrat

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