The Marco Eagles lost four games in Miami Xtreme Youth Football League action on Saturday at Mackle Park.
The 70-pound weight class did not report.
"It was déjà vu from last week," said coach Bill Hollowsky in the 21-0 loss to Miami.
The Eagles fumbled the opening kickoff that led to a score and fumbled the second kickoff, but a strong defensive stand kept Miami out of the end zone.
The Eagles got their offense on track, but on fourth-and-one Miami stopped the Eagles drive.
Miami scored again before the half, making it 14-0 after two quarters.
The Eagles defense held off several drives by Miami in the second half. Late in the third quarter, Logan Flowers stopped Miami cold by recovering a fumble, Hollowsky said.
With the Eagle offense unable to advance very far, Miami came up with a big run for the last touchdown. The Eagles' Max Thurston and Tanner Richart, making the games final tackle, kept Miami from scoring again.
Coach Jeff Richart said, "Miami was by far the league's best team and we played the best I've seen all season. It was just those two fumbles that hurt us right out of the gate."
Coach Jim Young said, "Overall we played a very good defensive game. Offensively, our line created some big holes, but our running backs just couldn't break any big runs."
Cole Stretton, playing with a sore ankle, showed lots of courage at quarterback, Hollowsky said. Leading the Eagles' defense was Logan Flowers with eight tackles, Wesley Lancaster with six, Liam Hollowsky with four and, three each by Tanner Richart and Derrick Ollmer.
The Eagles 90-pounders played a close game with Key Biscayne, barely losing 13-12. The difference was only one extra point.
The Eagles played their best game of the year, with improvements in all aspects of the team, coach Scott Hauk said.
The game started with a 67-yard kickoff return by Anthony Macchiarolo for an Eagles touchdown. "The ball was initially kicked past Macchiarolo and he had to run back to pick up the ball," Hauk said. "He then ran up the sideline and used his superior speed to leave the Rats defenders behind."
Fullback Sawyer Hauk scored the Eagles other touchdown later in the first half. Other bright spots on offense included tailback Kyle Mitchusson, who had his best running game of the year, and quarterback Connor Knox, whose steady leadership keeps the team focused, Hauk said.
Linemen Devin Martinez, Sean Hurley, Alonso Lora and Sam Huettel did a good job blocking the Rats line.
Coach Ray McDougall said, "The offense looked better overall this week than it ever has. We had kids blocking and hustling out there today."
Key Biscayne handled the Eagles, 24-0.
Coach Steve Schneider said he had good defensive play by Victor Lora, Jimmy Fleming and Kevin Roseboom. Alex Perez and Gage Wheeler also had tackles that resulted in lost yardage for Key Biscayne.
"Offensively we were led by quarterback Hayden Hanscom," Schneider said. "Our backs did not see much daylight, but still ran hard. They were led by Alex Jerett, Luke Bergen and Joe Scarpaci. The team we played this week was one of the better teams that we have faced this season. Last year, they came within one play of winning the championship.
"Defensively, we played much better in the second half and never quit. Our team will go back to work and we will learn from our mistakes.
The 125-pound team lost a hard-fought game with the Miami Springs Hawks, losing 14-0.
Coach Steve Snyder said Joel Cham and Steve Grossman improve every week at defensive ends, stopping the outside runs.
"Defense did a great job, including linemen Brandon Ehlen, Ryan Gober and James Schuck," he said. "The linebackers who had some really good hits were Patrick Doyle, Dennis Baskin, Dylan Gober, Cameron Childs and Ben Jean.
"On offense, the running game was there as big holes were made by the front line. Unfortunately, we did not execute when we got into the red zone. Quarterback Patrick Lane did a great job leading the team, however, we need to work on pass blocking and tackling for this week."
The Eagles play at Leisure City Timberwolves in Homestead on Saturday.