Terriers to play archrivals LaBelle Cowboys

Moore Haven Terriers

Moore Haven was eliminated from post season contention last Friday, Oct. 28, when they lost to First Baptist Academy 42-0.

First Baptist won the district title and Community School of Naples is the runner up this year.

First Baptist has won five consecutive district titles and has won 29 straight district games since 2012.

Austin Edie rushed for a five yard touchdown, Jayce Howell ran for 120 yards and three touchdowns, and Joe Sparacio rushed for 87 yards on four carries. He also caught two touchdown passes.

Quarterback Julian Tirado completed 60 percent of his passes, (6-10) for 70 yards and also rushed for 67 yards and a touchdown.

The Terriers didn’t help themselves with three turnovers.

Coach Richard Roudybush said his team got off to a good start in the first half and played competitive football. They held the ball for a seven minute drive in the first quarter but made some blocking assignments on a fourth and one situation and were thrown for a loss. The Terriers also made it into the Lions red zone a second time in the second quarter but again couldn’t make the plays when they needed to.

“First Baptist is where we want to be. We just couldn’t tackle. They made some big plays on third downs where we simply missed tackles,” Roudybush noted.

First Baptist had 15 seniors and 14 juniors on the roster. Moore Haven had 14 upper classmen.

Roudybush said to be competitive his team will have to have older players with more experience who have been groomed for a couple of years. He said it appears the program has that kind of material at the seventh, eighth and ninth grade levels. This year there are five freshmen starters on the Terriers.

“I do feel we’re headed in the right direction. They had over 40 people on the roster and we need to be able to have that many,” he added. The middle school team fell to DeSoto in their final game 46-36. Roudybush said despite the big loss, he feels he and his team learned some valuable lessons from the game, “Every film is valuable film. You can coach from it, fix things, and we hope to rebound and have a strong game against LaBelle.”

The Terriers limped into LaBelle last year and lost to their arch-rivals, (41-28).

LaBelle (3-6) will miss out on the playoffs this year. The Cowboys have been outscored 179-153 this year.

They are led by quarterback Tyler Burton who has completed 43 percent of their passes and six touchdowns. Tray Williams has rushed for 474 yards and nine touchdowns, and Maynard Blackmon has rushed for 228 yards and three scores. Wide receiver Michael Rothenhoefer has two touchdown receptions.

On defense the Cowboys are led by Jaxon Purvis 70 tackles and Amir Yates 52 tackles. Mario Lazalde has five sacks and Denilson Casseus has three interceptions.

It is senior night for the Terriers. The team will honor Sean Cowen, Torrie Moore, Shane Cowen, Sergio Arrieta, Alex Aranda, Kayman Mills and Dura Hunter along with team manager and coach Jonathon Dominguez. The game is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 4, at Terrier Field. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. There is a charge for admission and parking.

Special to Glades County Democrat

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