Chalk up a victory for the Good Guys.
The 125-pound Marco Eagles youth football team rallied from a 12-point deficit Saturday, to win, 26-19, over the Tamiami Wolfpack in Miami.
The rest of the Eagles teams were not as fortunate. The Kendall Kolts rode roughshod over the Eagles in four games at the Kendall Boys and Girls Club.
It was a numbers game in the Eagles' 19-0 loss to Kendall Boys and Girls Club.
"We went up against an undefeated Kolts team that had 26 players and an eight-man coaching staff," coach Brian Kocak said. "The Eagles had 14 players and got worn down by the second half.
"The Eagles offense looked sharp in the first quarter as they ran a successful offense and almost scored on a 40-yard run by Tyler Gresham," Kocak added.
Key blocks by Cole Kerr, Brian Kocak, Hector Diaz and Travis Wilmath broke Gresham free, but the drive stalled just short of the goal line.
The Kolts came back quickly, scoring on a run, but Zach West snuffed the extra-point conversion attempt by tackling the ball carrier.
Tanner Prange intercepted a deep pass by the Kolts, but instead, the Eagles were called for a pass-interference penalty. It put the Kolts in position for their second score, Kocak said.
"The Eagles fought hard, but the Kolts scored on a third-and-goal from the Eagles' 4-yard line," Kocak said. Hunter O'Neill snatched a Kolts pass to deny the Kolts' extra-point try.
"Then the fatigue started to set in as the Kolts rotated their roster to keep fresh legs playing against the Eagles, scoring again in the third quarter," Kocak said.
"In the second half, the Eagles showed the heart that they have had all season long and kept fighting through injuries, lack of any rest, and last but not least, the heat and humidity. We had to keep relying on our three youngest players, Jason Ginther, William Konkus and Mitchell Wood to come in often to replace injured players and to step up and play well, which they did."
The Eagles recording the most tackles were Nicholas Konkus, Kyle Ginther, Howie Jordan and Tyler Gresham.
"The Eagles looked better than they have all season and continue to get better week after week," Kocak said. "We had no turnovers and only two penalties on pass interference calls. We played a very good football team and lost, but the Eagles earned a lot of respect from opposing players, coaches and spectators that witnessed a much better game than what the scoreboard reflected."
A fumble of the opening kickoff led to a quick score by the Kolts, setting the tone for a 26-0 loss by the Eagles.
After another fumble and stop by the Eagles, Marco got its running and throwing game going. However, what looked like a big touchdown pass by the Eagles turned into an interception and touchdown for the Kolts.
Going into the second half, the Eagles were down 26-0, but didn't quit.
Coach Jeff Richart said, "Series after series, the Eagles defense halted the Kolts. With Zac Tower and Noah Konkus on the defensive line and Cole Stretton, Tanner Richart, and Colin McMullen as linebackers, the Eagles defense came up with big tackles and kept the Kolts from scoring in the second half."
"We gave several of our players a chance to see what it was like to run the ball in the second half," said Coach Jim Young.
Clint Mayfield, Tanner Lapadus, Derrick Ollmer, Colin McMullen, and Liam Hollowsky all got chances at running back.
The 90-pound team lost to the Kolts, 24-0. Coach Scott Hauk said the Eagles looked flat through much of their performance "against a team that the Eagles should have played competitively."
Linebackers Kyle Mitchusson and Sawyer Hauk led the defense, each making several tackles. Strong play in the defensive interior by Sam Huettel, Devin Martinez, Josh Saintil and Tiger Proehl also limited the inside running ability of the Kolts, Hauk said.
Offensively, the Eagles were unable to put together a sustained drive. Penalties were a problem, with several flags for holding and illegal blocks costing the Eagles valuable yards, Hauk said.
The bright spot on offense was the combination of quarterback Connor Knox and flanker Anthony Macchiarolo. The two combined for several completed passes and gave the Eagles some excitement to carry forward for the next game, Hauk said.
The offensive line blocked well for the passes, allowing Knox to roll out to deliver the ball to Macchiarolo.
Coach Ray McDougall said, "This week was disappointing for us, as we expected good things. However, the addition of the passing game is going to give us something good to build on next week. If we can put together the passing with our normal strong running, we should see good things happen."
The Eagles had another tough game, losing 24-0.
Coach Steve Schneider said, "Jimmy Fleming made an awesome tackle near the end zone to slow down the Kolts. The defense had a few plays which resulted in delaying the scoring of the Kolts."
Unfortunately, the offense struggled.
"Today our team let the first play of the game affect them throughout the game," Schneider said. "We misplayed the opening kickoff, which was an onside kick, resulting in the Kolts getting the ball. We never seemed to recover after that first error.
"Our boys have the heart and determination to play hard and win, we just need to show that for four quarters of the game," he said.
The Eagles executed on offense and defense to notch a 25-19 victory against the Tamiami Wolfpack. The Eagles played Tamiami in Miami because the Kendall Kolts did not have a 125-pound team.
"Every player contributed to the victory today," coach Mike Snyder said. "We practiced hard all week and carried the hard work ethic right into the football game."
Makinton Ceaser, on runs of 65, 70, 35 and 12 yards, scored all the Eagles' touchdowns.
"His scores were made possible by extremely good blocking by the entire offensive line of Marc Milk, Brandon Ehlen, Steve Grossman, Dillon Gober, Jim Schuck, Carlos Rojas and James Heidings," Snyder said. "Fullbacks Ben Jean and Robbie Rakowski also led the charge for TDs with beautiful upfield blocking."
Quarterback Patrick Lane led the team through three quarters without being sacked and Patrick Doyle finished the game without a sack.
The Eagles were able to capitalize on special-teams play to set up their scores.
Eagles kicker Patrick Doyle executed three onside kicks — two recovered by the Eagles. Late in the game, kicker Ben Jean hit a 69-yard kickoff and Eagle tacklers stopped the runner at the Tamiami 8-yard line.
Although being down 12-0 at halftime, the Eagles fired out in the second half and scored three unanswered touchdowns, tying the game at 19. Fullback Dennis Bastin carried five defenders into the end zone for the extra point that tied the game with four minutes left.
The ensuing squib kick by Doyle resulted in the Eagles getting the ball back and Ceaser scoring from 12 yards out with 1:30 left.
"The Eagles defense completely dominated the Wolfpack," Snyder said. "Defenders Patrick Lane, Ryan Gober and Jake Dworkin, along with other defenders, all were key to stopping the Wolfpack running game."
The Eagles play at Mackle Park against Miami Springs on Saturday, with games beginning at 9 a.m.