Moore Haven Terriers defeat Evangelical Christian School

John Cox rushed for two touchdowns and threw two touchdown passes in the first half as Moore Haven defeated Evangelical Christian School 35-6 to remain alive in District 2A-7 on Friday, Sept. 30.

Moore Haven Terriers

Cox and the Terriers survived a couple of lightning and rain delays that lasted over two hours. Cox burst out of the gate with a 61 yard touchdown run on the first play of the game. Cox also hit freshman tight end Kelton Hallback with a 28 yard scoring pass, hit Hallback again for a 34 yard touchdown, and ran for a 34 yard touchdown. Cox ran for 132 yards and threw for 108 yards in the game.

“The kids played well,” Coach Richard Roudybush said, “We finally started to execute the little things and all the little facets of the game.”

Roudybush has moved Cox around more and used Alduvar Gary at quarterback in certain formations. He was also impressed with the play of Hallback, 6’2″ and 215 pound freshmen with a bright future. Torrie Moore grabbed two passes for 26 yards and Hallback had 71 yards in receptions last week. Place kicker Delfino Mayorga was (3-4) on point after touchdowns. Gary ran nine times for 37 yards. This week the Terriers play district opponent South West Florida Christian at home. The Kings (2-3) gave the Terriers a scare last year in a 48-35 defeat.

Coach Roudybush said the Kings are disciplined, and provide another good test for his Terriers.”They work hard and play very physical. They will show us multiple pro formations and will play hard.”

The Kings are coached by Mike Marciano and are (2-3) this year. The Kings defeated Bradenton Christian 35-15 and Gateway Charter 12-0 to start the year but have lost three straight, to Admiral Farragut of St. Petersburg 47-0, St. John Neumann 23-17 and First Baptist Academy 41-0.

Key players for the Kings include quarterback Kobe Gee 574 yards passing and four touchdowns, running backs Max Rippi 209 yards rushing (9.5 per rush), and Jacob Soud, 10.2 yards per rush, and receiver Chase Reed who has 15 receptions for 318 yards and three touchdowns.

Moore Haven now has 1,145 yards rushing as a team and 699 yards passing. Cox continues on pace for a 2,000 yard season with 664 yards passing with six touchdowns and 626 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns.

Friday’s, Oct. 7, game is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Moore Haven High School. There is a charge to park and attend the game.

Special to Glades County Democrat

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