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PECS students lead Moore Haven Middle football

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.

Pherian Baker, left, and Corey Jumper, who play for the Moore Haven Middle School football team, get ready to face Canterbury School on Oct. 16. Both attend Pemayetv Emahakv Charter School. (Photo Kevin Johnson)

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.

Quarterback Wyatt Hines delivers a 60-yard touchdown pass to Corey Jumper. (Photo Kevin Johnson)

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.

After making a fingertip catch, Jumper sprints to the end zone for Moore Haven on Oct. 16 in a middle school game against Canterbury School. Hines and Jumper are 8th-graders at PECS. (Photo Kevin Johnson)
Kevin Johnson
Kevin Johnson is senior editor. He has worked for The Seminole Tribune since 2014. He was previously an editor, photographer and reporter for newspapers in Southwest Florida and Connecticut. Contact Kevin at

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