FORT MYERS — Corey Jumper scored Moore Haven’s two touchdowns in the Terriers’ 34-12 loss to Canterbury School in a middle school football game Oct. 16 in Fort Myers.
Jumper, who played tight end on offense and defensive end on defense, caught a 60-yard touchdown pass over the middle from quarterback Wyatt Hines in the second quarter. Jumper’s second touchdown came in the third quarter when he took a shotgun snap from the center and darted straight ahead for a 13-yard score.
Jumper and lineman Pherian Baker are the only Seminole Tribal members on the team. Jumper, Baker and Hines, all eighth-graders, are the lone players on Moore Haven who attend Pemayetv Emahakv Charter School on the Brighton Reservation.
In addition to the TD pass, Hines had a handful of other completions, some of which went for 20-plus yards, including a 45-yarder. On defense, Hines, Jumper and Baker were in on several tackles. Baker made a solo tackle in the third quarter. Jumper made the game’s first tackle on the opening kickoff and he also ran down a Canterbury player who was headed to the end zone following an interception.
Canterbury built a comfortable 27-6 lead at halftime. Moore Haven played a sharper second half compared to a shaky first two quarters, but the Terriers weren’t able to make much of a dent in the deficit.
The officials ended the game with 1:29 left in the fourth quarter when a heated skirmish broke out in the middle of the field after a Moore Haven running back was lifted up and body slammed to the turf on a tackle by a Canterbury player. A confrontation between the teams ensued as players had to be pulled back to their respective sides. Moore Haven coaches were livid that no penalty was called on the play.