Terriers pull off comeback victory

MOORE HAVEN — The Moore Haven High School Terriers scored a dramatic come-from-behind victory against the Glades Day School Gators on Sept. 29, defeating their rival 42-21. Next, they look to continue their perfect record against the Southwest Florida Christian Kings at 7 p.m. this Friday, Oct. 6.

A final score of 42-21 can be a little misleading when it comes to the understanding the story of the game. The first half saw Glades Day score 21 points while Moore Haven managed only six. Terriers coach Max Manin was interested to see how his players would deal with the adversity in the first half of the game.

“It was the first time we were behind all year,” explained Manin. “We got ahead early against St. Pete Catholic and we got ahead early against Community school of Naples, so I wasn’t sure how the kids would respond to be being down. That’s a sign of a good team when you can be down and still keep fighting and battle your way back. It was really nice to see them fight back and win it like that.”

The second half was all Moore Haven, with the Terriers scoring 37 unanswered points. The offensive line for Moore Haven dominated the Gators, and the Terriers were able to rack up 389 total rushing yards. Moore Haven senior running back John Cox rushed for 219 yards and four touchdowns, throwing for a fifth TD.

“That offensive line is unbelievable,” expressed Manin. “Andrew Fish, Robert Harris, Brooks Bass, Kelton Hallback, Justin Sexton, Billy Rednour and Jeremiah Williams just did an incredible job. When you can run the ball, it makes the game a whole lot easier. It was really something to see. It’s tough to explain how proud I am of this team. Winning is never easy, and coming back from 21-6 to beat your rival is just a great accomplishment. I’m lucky to coach this group.”

Now the Terriers look to keep their perfect record and winning streak alive against Southwest Florida Christian. Southwest is also undefeated coming into what should be an exciting game.

“Every time Southwest plays us, it’s a close game,” said Manin. “They’re very well-coached and have a couple of really good athletes. They have a very talented receiver named Max Rippl who’s actually going to be attending Kent State after high school to pitch baseball. They have some really good skill guys and they’ve gotten better up front then they have in previous years. They’re 3-0 and we’re 3-0, it should be a good one.”

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