Season over; Eagles celebrate by shaving coach

Steve Schneider is clean-shaven, thanks to members of his 100-pound Marco Eagles football team.

At the start of the season, Schneider had told his team of 17 players that if they bettered last year's record, he would let them shave his beard and mustache.

The team upped its win record to three and made the playoffs, causing Schneider to submit to electric razors, wielded by his youngsters.

"I had the mustache since 1985 and the beard for seven years," Schneider said.

Wife Laura said she liked his clean-shaven face in a test kiss.

"She likes me clean-shaven, but the beard is coming back," Schneider said.

The Eagles made the Miami Xtreme Youth Football League playoffs, but unfortunately lost in the first game, 24-0, to the South Miami Bulldogs on Saturday in Miami.

Defensively, the Eagles were led by cornerbacks Nick Ronquette and Reno Landers, who made some key tackles, Schneider said. Nash Conroy and Michael Mitchusson played strong at safety positions. On the line, Alex "T.O." Perez, Jimmy Fleming and Matt Curry stood out.

Offensively, backs Hayden Hanscom, Luke Bergen, Alex Jerrett and Joe Scarpaci ran hard. The line was led by Steven Schneider, Victor Lora, Dane Stretton, Gage Wheeler, Jared Jackson and Kevin Roseboom.

The pass combination of Conroy to Nick Ronquette worked well, but the Eagles couldn't get into the end zone.

Even though they lost, Schneider said the Bulldogs had been averaging 35 points a game and the Eagles held them to 24.

"Our team has come a long way from the first practice. The young men came to every practice with an open mind and the ability to work hard. We had our ups and downs, yet each and every one of these young men gave all they had all year. We met my personal goal by winning three games, making the playoffs, and staying healthy as a team.

"The coaches, Jim Jerrett, Rick Hanscom, and myself, are extremely proud of every one of these boys. Special thanks to all the parents, fans, and the 'Team Mom' Diane Jerrett, for all their encouragement all season.

"All of the Eagles organization is tremendously grateful for all the support given to these young men and the organization," Schneider said.

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