Valiant efforts — one game went four overtimes — fell short as the Marco Eagles lost 100-pound and-125-pound games on Saturday.
The other three teams were off. They all will be in action this weekend as it is Homecoming for the Eagles at Mackle Park. They will play Tamiami teams, with games running from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Before each game, parents will be escorted to midfield to be recognized for their support and the mothers will each receive a rose, donated by Gene's Fifth Avenue Florist of Marco.
The Eagles battled in regulation and in four overtimes, only to lose 7-0 to West Kendall.
"Defensively, we were led by our line," coach Steve Schneider said. "We had five quarterback sacks, made by Jared Jackson, Alex Perez, Alex Jerrett, Dane Stretton and Victor Lora. Strong play was also turned in by Matt Curry and Nash Conroy, who was playing a new position at cornerback."
Schneider said that on offense, the Eagles were dealt a setback when starting quarterback Hayden Hanscom was unable to play. Luke Bergen and Alex Jerrett filled in admirably.
Strong line play was turned in by Kevin Roseboom, Steven Schneider, Michael Mitchusson, and Gage Wheeler. Reno Landers played center for the first time and played great, Schneider said. Joe Scarpaci ran hard on offense and almost scored a winning touchdown.
"This team truly came together today," Schneider said. "We did not score a touchdown, but it was not for lack of effort. We had 14 players suited up for the game and all 14 gave everything they had on the field. When the fourth overtime started, I looked at my players and saw 14 sets of eyes ready to go and 14 bodies ready to collapse.
"As a coach, you teach players to give 100 percent for four quarters. These players gave 110 percent for four quarters and four overtimes. It is truly my honor to coach them. We will be ready for our homecoming game at 1:30 p.m. Saturday and we hope to see a big crowd for the game.
The 125-pound team lost, 24-8, to Leisure City Modello.
"We had trouble stopping their speedy offense," coach Mike Snyder said.
"On defense we had great tackling by Brandon Ehlen, Dylan Gober, James Schuck and Carl Rojos. On offense, we moved the ball well, with great blocking by James Heiding, Carlos Rivas, Patrick Doyle, Joel Cham, Robbie Rakoski and Dennis Bastin. Quarterback Makinton Ceaser did a great job calling plays, passing and running the ball."
The Eagles scored on a quarterback bootleg by Ceaser from 15 yards out and Ben Jean kicked the extra point.