Eagle 100-pounders squeak out 19-18 victory

It was homecoming and the last home game.

The Marco Eagles football teams weren't about to let their fans down while playing the Tamiami Colts.

The 100-pound team won 19-18. The 80-pounders barely lost, 13-12, in overtime.

The 70-pound team was at the goal line when time expired, the game ending up a tough 21-18 defeat.

The 100-pound team gave up two break-away plays that accounted for a 12-0 loss.

The 125-pound team played well, but lost 18-6.

70-pound game

"What a game!" coach Brian Kocak said.

"This was the best performance by the Eagles 70s team this season. It was great to play at this level for our last home game on homecoming, in front of the biggest crowd of spectators on the year."

The Eagles wasted no time in scoring. On their fourth play, quarterback Tyler Gresham ran to the left side, breaking away for a 40-yard touchdown, with key blocks by Will Konkus, Kole Kerr, Hector Diaz and Brian Kocak.

The Colts came right back with a score, but the Eagles countered. It was Gresham again, breaking tackles and racing to a 60-yard touchdown. Zach West, Howie Jordan, Hunter O'Neill, Jason Ginther and Travis Wilmath all made key blocks in the run.

Unfortunately, neither extra-point try was good for the Eagles. On the ensuing kickoff, the Eagles Nicholas Konkus delivered a hard tackle, causing a Colts fumble. But Eagles could not generate enough offense for a score.

At the end of the second quarter, the Colts scored again. With both extra points good, the Colts took a 14-12 lead into halftime.

The Eagles executed an on-side kick to start the third quarter, with Kyle Ginther recovering. Again, Tyler Gresham, the Eagles workhorse, busted tackles for a 65-yard touchdown run after Nicholas Konkus and Hunter O'Neill had made strong runs, Kocak said.

Taking advantage of a facemask penalty, the Colts regained momentum, scoring a touchdown and adding the extra point to make the score 21-18 going into the final quarter.

With just 1:30 left, the defense stopped the Colts, making two tackles behind the line of scrimmage, giving the Eagles one last drive.

The Eagles ran for one first down and used one of two timeouts. They were forced to use their last time out when they got to the Colts' 15-yard line with 35 seconds on the clock.

"Tyler Gresham then ran the next play to the goal line, where it appeared that he had crossed the goal line for the touchdown," Kocak said. "However, the officials marked the ball between the 1-yard line and the goal line. Without instant replay we will never know for sure."

The game ended with the Eagles trying to get off one more play, Kocak said the game had very few mistakes and penalties.

"It was hard hitting and good tackling," he said. "It had good sportsmanship, great execution and it was exciting. The coaches want our players to know how proud we are of them."

80-pound game

The 80-pound game also was breathtaking.

The Eagles' Zach Gober recovered a fumble, but penalties stalled an eight-play drive.

At the start of the second quarter, the Eagles stopped the Colts after an eight-play drive, with Wesley Lancaster, Derrick Ollmer and Greg Trzyna coming up with two big sacks, leaving the game scoreless at halftime.

Both defenses were stingy in the second half, forcing an overtime.

The Colts registered the first score after recovering a fumble. Cole Stretton made a key tackle to stop the extra point.

The Eagles struck swiftly on their first play, with a huge run by Cody Young to tie the game 6-6, but missed an extra-point try, forcing a second overtime.

After stopping the Eagles, the Colts came back, rushing for a touchdown and made the extra point to take a 13-6 lead.

The Eagles didn't give up. Wesley Lancaster put the final touches on an Eagles drive, scoring from five yards out. The extra-point run fell short leaving the Colts with a 13-12 win.

"Today's game was by far the best game we've played all season," coach Jim Young said. "We are all extremely proud of a great team effort."

Coach Jeff Richart said, "Everyone was called on to step up to the plate today and boy, did they. Max Thurston, Zach Tower, Parker Nettles and Tanner Richart all helped pull the team through critical points in the game."

Leading the Eagles defense with seven tackles each were Lesley Lancaster, Greg Trzyna, Logan Flowers and Liam Hollowsky, followed by Colin McMullen with three.

90-pound game

Two break-away plays cost the Eagles, losing 12-0 to the Colts.

"The Eagles played well, but were unable to sustain a drive for a score," coach Scott Hauk said. "Defensively, the Eagles shut down the Colts' offense with the exception of two break-away plays to the outside."

Linebackers Kyle Mitchusson and Sawyer Hauk made several tackles, with Hauk recording his third pass interception in the last two games. Defenders Devin Martinez, Sean Hurley, Jeff Leonia, Connor Knox and Sam Huettel played well, Hauk said.

Offensively, the Eagles were led by quarterback Connor Knox and Hauk, who had two long runs of 30-plus yards. But the Eagles were unable to score. The offensive line played well, with Josh Saintil and Cole Cleary doing a good job of blocking. First-time offensive player Tiger Proehl did a good job, Hauk said.

100-pound game

A strong defensive game and a successful extra point gave the Eagles a 19-18 win.

"Our defense played great today, and only gave up three big plays, resulting in the Colts scoring," coach Steve Schneider said. "We stopped them on all three extra-point attempts, which proved crucial to our win."

The Eagles' defense, including Matt Curry, Victor Lora, Jared Jackson, Dane Stretton, Alex Perez, played with intensity. Alex Jerrett forced a fumble. Luke Bergen, playing with a pulled muscle in the neck, added to the defense playing like a true team, Schenider said. Strong play was also turned in by cornerbacks Nash Conroy and Nick Ronquette.

Jerrett's forced-fumble play led to Hayden Hanscom scooping up the ball and running for a touchdown.

"On offense we were led by powerful running and great blocking by the offensive line," Schneider said.

The line was led by Reno Landers, Michael Mitchusson, Kevin Roseboom, Steven Schneider and Gage Wheeler.

"Hayden Hanscom had two scores today and a key kickoff return to the 10-yard line," Schnieder said. "Joe Scarpaci, who has worked hard all year, got into the endzone to score today. He also scored what was the difference in the game, the only extra point scored by either team.

"Our team effort was terrific. It was homecoming and these young men stepped up. We go into our last regular game of the year on a huge high. We have won three games this season and look to win a fourth."

125-pound game

Three missed tackles led to the three Colts scores in an 18-6 win over the Eagles.

"Other than the missed tackles, the Eagles played a very even game with the Colts," said coach Mike Snyder.

The Eagles' lone touchdown came on a 30-yard pass play from quarterback Makinton Ceaser to running back Ben Jean, completing a 65-yard drive.

The drive initially was kept alive with a fourth-and-15 pass from Ceaser to Patrick Doyle for a first down, then a 20-yard pass to running back Robbie Rokowski.

"The Eagles opened the second half with a touchdown return off the kickoff, but a penalty erased the score," Snyder said. "Patrick Lane, who also played quarterback, had a great game, keeping the Eagles in the hunt for another victory."

Key contributors on defense were Marc Milk, Dillon Gober, Carlos Rivas, Ryan Gober and Joel Cham.

The Eagles play Miami Beach in Miami on Saturday for their final games of the season.

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