The Marco Eagles split four games on the road in Miami Xtreme Youth Football League action Saturday.
The 90-pound team won, 26-12, over Solid Rock of Miami and the 125-pound team won, 20-6, over the Miami Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs won the 80-pound game, 13-0, and the 100-pound game, 18-0.
The 70-pound game was canceled due to weather.
Throughout the game, the Eagles and the Bulldogs moved the ball, but only the Bulldogs were able to score in a 13-0 win.
A Zach Gober recovery of an onside kick led to an Eagles drive that ended at the Bulldogs' 20-yard line.
The Bulldogs fumbled, but recovered it and then scrambled for a touchdown in the second half.
The Eagles drove back down the field, but lost the momentum when the Bulldogs intercepted a pass and marched to another score.
"We played another outstanding game, but the lucky breaks just didn't come our way this time," coach Jim Young said.
Since they did not make the playoffs, the game was considered the Eagles' bowl game. Greg Trzyna was named the Eagles' MVP for the game, with eight carries for 41 yards and led the defense with five tackles, two of them quarterback sacks. Tanner Richart also had five tackles, followed by Zach Tower with four.
The Eagles' 90-pound team slammed the Solid Rock Eagles, 26-12. The victory marked the first win this year.
The Marco Eagles started the game with a sustained drive of 60 yards, capped by a touchdown run by Kyle Mitchusson. The Eagles defense then stopped Solid Rock after only a short drive and scored again on a touchdown run by Sawyer Hauk, making the score at halftime 13-0.
Solid Rock came out and scored quickly in the second half, but the Eagles matched the tally when Anthony Macchiarolo picked up a fumble and scored the Eagles' third touchdown. Solid Rock scored again, but the Eagles answered with Kyle Mitchusson's second touchdown of the season.
"Offensively, quarterback Connor Knox and running backs Sawyer Hauk and Macchiarolo all played well," coach Scott Hauk said.
Coach Ray McDougall said, "Solid Rock was clogging up the middle, which made it a perfect opportunity for us to run counter plays for Kyle Mitchusson, and he responded very well."
Other offensive standouts included blockers Josh Saintil, Cole Cleary, Jeff Leonia, and ends Alonso Lora and Sean Hurley.
Defensively, Devin Martinez led the Eagles' attack with his best game of the season. Hauk, Tiger Proehl, Sam Huettel and Mitchusson also disrupted the interior of the Solid Rock line, causing several fumbles.
Outside corners, Hunter Stewart and Trevor Lefferts contained the Solid Rock runners, while safety Knox covered the field, insuring the passing game wasn't a factor for Solid Rock.
"This team has persevered through tough times this year and these boys deserved this victory," Hauk said. "We're all so proud of them for their toughness. Some of these kids have stuck with it for three years without a win, so this one is especially sweet for them."
There was good news and bad news for the 100-pound team.
They learned that their three wins got them into a playoff game, but they lost Saturday to the Bulldogs, 18-0.
"Defensively, the team was led by Joe Scarpaci, Alex Perez, Jared Jackson, Dane Stretton and Alex Jerrett. Offensively, we were able to move the ball well, but unable to convert good drives into scores," coach Steve Schneider said.
Luke Bergen, Hayden Hanscom and Joe Scarpaci all worked hard and ran the ball well. Key blocks were made by Gage Wheeler and Kevin Roseboom.
"The good news is we met and exceeded our goal for wins from a year ago," Schneider said.
"We made the playoffs, which is an awesome feeling for these young men who have worked so hard. I personally made a commitment to the team that if we made the playoffs, I would let them shave off my beard and mustache. That is one pledge I am happy to make good on."
Schneider said the boys will give him a shave on Monday after the game Saturday at South Miami.
The Eagles' 125-pound team was victorious in its final outing, dumping the Miami Beach Bulldogs 20-6.
On a rain-soaked field, the Eagles fought off a strong Bulldog defense to find the end zone three times, coach Mark Doyle said. After falling behind 6-0 in the second period, quarterback Makinton Ceaser found wide receiver Patrick Doyle alone in the end zone for an 18-yard TD late in the second quarter. The score at halftime was 6-6.
In the second half, Ceaser scored on a one-yard lunge and on a 50-yard scamper.
Both extra points were good on the same trick play that saw kicker Ben Jean throw to Robbie Rakowski and Ceaser.
Coach Mike Snyder said the entire offensive line play of Brandon Ehlen, Carlos Rivas, Dillon Gober, Jim Schuck and Joel Cham was outstanding.
"As a unit, they protected the quarterback and opened up our running holes," Snyder said.
"On defense, Steve Grossman, Cham and Ian Nesmith contained the offense running game like no other game this year. Our linebackers, Carlos Rivas, Marc Milk and Dillon Gober were flawless in their play. Milk recovered a fumble, which was the turning point in the game."
Cornerbacks Ryan Gober, Patrick Lane and Patrick Doyle shut down the passing game of the Bulldogs, not allowing a single reception. Linemen Rojas, Jake Dworkin, James Heidings and Dakota Berry did their best to contain the Bulldogs when called upon, each contributing to the strong line play, Snyder said.
The game was treated as a bowl game because the team did not advance to the playoffs. MVP honors went to Ben Jean.