Prep football | Moore Haven ruins Saint Stephen's homecoming with explosive offense

jdill@bradenton.comOctober 6, 2012 

BRADENTON -- The game was pushed back 10 minutes to await the officials.

But all that did was delay Moore Haven's spoiling of the Saint Stephen's homecoming on Friday at Turner Fields.

The Terriers wasted little time in showcasing superior speed and skill players in a 56-0 Class 2A (urban)-District 6 rout.

Moore Haven (5-1, 4-1 district) continued its push toward a playoff berth with touchdowns on all four first-half possessions.

The Terriers even added two defense scores that led to a 42-0 halftime cushion and a running clock for the second half.

It was a different Moore Haven team than the Falcons faced last year, Saint Stephen's head coach Tod Creneti said.

"They are a much more disciplined team than they were a year ago," Creneti said. "They're clicking. They are executing well, they're working well as a team."

The problem for the Falcons (1-5 overall, 0-4 district) was twofold: Moore Haven's skill guys were difficult to stop, and Saint Stephen's failed in bringing those players down when it had the chance.

"We were right at the point of attack and just not finishing," Creneti said. "So we need to do better there."

After Moore Haven marched down the field in seven plays on its opening drive, the Terriers flashed their bursting speed.

Markeis Hallback took a pitch to the left, but had nowhere to go as Saint Stephen's defenders were everywhere down the left sideline.

So Hallback simply reversed fields and was supplied a hefty block from quarterback Bronson Bass en route to a 45-yard touchdown run.

Later, Darius Cohen intercepted Falcons quarterback Bobby Harrison and sped down the right sideline before juking several Saint Stephen's players on cutbacks.

That was just one example of the skill Moore Haven possesses.

Hallback touched the ball two more times in the game. Both went for scores.

He scampered in from 38 yards untouched midway through the second quarter to finish with 83 rushing yards on just two carries.

And just before the intermission break, Hallback was at it again. Except this time it came on the defensive side.

Saint Stephen's Herman Israelsson, who was limited to 38 rushing yards on 16 attempts, fumbled the ball forward on the wet playing surface.

Hallback caught it in the air, ran to his right and then jumped over a diving tackle attempt by Harrison on his way to paydirt.

"I just wanted to score," Hallback said. "I hadn't scored in awhile."

And just before that defensive gem, Bass underthrew wide receiver Javonte Broughton. However, Broughton leaped over his Saint Stephen's defender, snagged the ball and raced in untouched for yet another example of the Terriers' explosive skill.

Moore Haven finished with 244 rushing yards on 26 attempts.

Meanwhile, the Falcons were limited to 91 total yards of offense and turned the ball over four times (two interceptions, two fumbles).

However, Saint Stephen's Creneti said there is a positive to take away from the defeat.

"Our kids are learning something about our team every week," Creneti said. "And if we can take away from (Friday) that we've got to be at our best, and play our best, then we can be in any game if we do."

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