Terriers dominate homecoming game

MOORE HAVEN — If there were any questions on whether Moore Haven would come out flat against the Southwest Florida Christian Kings after their dramatic and thrilling last-second win over Glades Day back on Sept. 28, the Terriers’ second play from scrimmage should’ve answered them.

The Moore Haven offensive line sprung sophomore running back Nate Crawford free for a quick and easy 40-yard touchdown run to put the Terriers up 7-0. After the Terrier defense forced a three-and-out from the Kings, Moore Haven marched right back down the field and put up seven more points, this one on a little 10-yard scamper from Crawford.

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The Moore Haven offensive line racked up over 300 rushing yards against the Southwest Florida Christian defense.

Southwest Florida Christian had no answers, on offense or defense, for what the Terriers were doing during the game. Meanwhile, it seemed as though the Terriers knew what play was coming before the Kings even had a chance to hike the ball. Repeatedly throughout the game, the Kings offense would come out in a pistol formation with a running back lined up 3 yards behind the quarterback, and Moore Haven head coach Max Manin would yell out to his defense, “They’re running the toss.” As soon as the Kings’ quarterback turned to toss the ball to his running back there would be a Terrier defender in his lap, completely blowing up the play.

Cue a Southwest Florida Christian punt, cue another Moore Haven touchdown, then rinse and repeat.
It had to be a frustrating experience for those on the Kings’ sideline, but there were nothing but smiles from the big homecoming crowd that came out to watch their Terriers play in Moore Haven on Oct. 5. At halftime, Moore Haven seniors Jacob Smith and Lacy Green were named homecoming king and queen for 2018.

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Moore Haven seniors Jacob Smith (left) and Lacy Green (right) were named homecoming king and queen during halftime on Oct. 5.

Moore Haven would go on to win the game 35-8, with the only Kings touchdown coming late in the fourth quarter when the Terriers were resting players and giving younger members of their team valuable game time.

“This was definitely our most complete game as a team,” said Manin of his team’s effort. “I was happy with the way the kids played. We’re trending upward. At the beginning we were a very selfish team, but now guys are buying into their roles and it’s awesome to see.”

The lopsided victory brings the Terriers to 4-1 this year and, if not for a missed extra point in overtime against Neumann, Moore Haven very well could have remained undefeated.

Next the Terriers will have another home game, this time facing the suddenly resurgent Oasis Sharks. Last year Oasis went 0-11 and never scored more than single digits in any game. But under new head coach Mack Mitchell, the Sharks have a 5-2 record and are regularly dropping 50-plus points on opposing teams.

“Oasis is a good football team,” Manin said. “To get ready for them we’re going to have to keep doing what we’ve been doing this year. We’re going to continue to preach discipline and continue to preach the idea of putting the team above everything else.”

The Moore Haven Terriers will face the Oasis Sharks on Oct. 12, with kickoff at 7 p.m. in Moore Haven.

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