The Marco Eagles 125-pound team evened its record at 3-3 in the Miami Xtreme Youth Football League on Saturday at Mackle Park.
The three wins equal last season’s total with three games to go.
The Eagles topped Naranja, 34-6, while the 115-pound team lost to the Naples Titans, 34-13 and the 140-pound team lost to Kendall Hammock, 24-0.
In between games the Orange Bowl Committee, that oversees many youth football leagues in Florida, honored the city for its outstanding work in keeping the field in good condition and the Eagles football organization.
“We ran hard, blocked well and tackled hard,” said Steve Schneider, 125-pound team coach.
On the very first series, the Eagles put together a drive that culminated with quarterback Luke Bergen running the ball into the end zone. A successful run for extra point made it 7-0, but Naranja came right back on a long pass play. It missed the extra point and trailed the rest of the game.
Timely receptions by Kit Fowler and the running backs, the Eagles drove for another score, this time a touchdown run by Joe Scarpaci. The Eagles scored again on a Bergen to Scarpaci pass.
A Naranja turnover led to a touchdown by Sawyer Hauk and the extra point gave the Eagles a 28-6 half-time lead.
Alex Jarrett ended the scoring on a touchdown run, set up by Wade Davie’s running.
Three interceptions helped the Eagles. Buck Reinders made the first interception and rambled 30 yards to set up the first score. Nash Conroy intercepted for the second time this year and it led to a touchdown. Kyle Adams’ interception ended the game.
Schneider said good blocking by Jared Jackson, Robert Thompson, Gage Wheeler, Michael Mitchusson, Dane Stretton, Kevin Roseboom, Connor Knox and Steven Schneider helped in the win.
Playing what coach Mike Snyder thought was the best game yet for the 115-pound Eagles, the team scored twice and nearly a third time, but a good Naples team came out on top.
The Eagle were down by four scores in the first half, trailing at half 28-6.
Zack Gober scored the touchdown when he made a finger-tip catch, then broke two tackles on the way to the touchdown.
With good blocking, the Eagles rushed for 178 yards. Adam Hurdis, Kyle Riddle, Austin Knoll, Liam Hollowsky, Cole Cleary, Kevin Benito and Tarkan Peksen were credited with good blocking, while Riddle, Tiger Proehl, Julian Alicia and Andy Christensen led on defense.
In the 140-pound game the Eagles were without a few key players and up against a highly-skilled and well-coached Kendall Hammock team, said Eagle coach Mark Doyle. The Eagles overcame a a rugged first half, regrouping to gain yardage and play stronger defense.
Hayden Hanscom and Jake Dworkin ran for positive yardage, while Jordan Burnett, Dakota Berry, Marc Milk and Patrick Doyle led on defense.
The 90-pound team had a bye on Saturday.