Unfortunately, 24-0 was losing score for three Marco Eagles teams in Miami Xtreme Youth Football League play on Saturday.
The 115, 90 and 140-pound teams all lost by 24-0 to the Doral Broncos, while the 125-pound team was defeated 30-6.
In the 90-pound game, the Broncos jumped to a quick 13-0 lead. In the second quarter the Broncos used an on-side kick to get the ball back and go up 27-0 at half time.
In the second half the Eagles moved the ball offensively, but didn’t score. Zach West had a 16-yard run, but fell short of a first down. On the ensuing drive by the Broncos, West avenged by stopping a Broncos runner from a first down.
“This was a rare experience for the Eagles, playing one of the best teams in the state and playing for the first time on artificial turf,” said coach Brian Kocak.
The 115-pound game saw the Broncos score four touchdowns, while holding down the Eagles offense.
Defensively, the Eagles were led by Julian Alicea and Liam Hollowsky with three tackles and three sacks, followed by Adam Hurdis, Jeff Leonia and Kyle Riddle with two tackles each.
In the 125-pound game quarterback Luke Bergen was involved in the lone Eagles score. He tossed a pass to Joe Scarpaci who raced to the Broncos one-yard line. Bergen then crashed through for a touchdown. Kit Fowler also had a strong run, while Nash Conroy and Connor Knox played well on defense.
The 140-pound team lost to last year’s Miami Xtreme champions.
The Eagles could muster little offense. A highlight was a 55-yard punt by Patrick Doyle that put the Broncos deep in their own territory, but the Eagles couldn’t take advantage.
Defensively, Elijah Henderson, Jake Dworkin, Marc Milk Dakota Barry, Jordan Burnett and Victor Lora played well.
The 140-pound Eagles travel to North Miami Beach on Saturday for the season finale.
Four of the players who have advanced through the program in four years will be playing their last game. Hayden Hanscom, Milk, Doyle and Burnett played on the Eagles team that scored its first touchdown in the league, won the first Eagles game and first team to make the playoffs.
“These boys were great to coach and will be missed,” coach Mark Doyle said. “Three of them will be going to Lely and the other to Gulf Coast this fall and they will show how worthwhile the Eagles’ program is because of the time and effort they and all volunteers give.”
The other Eagles teams finish the season by traveling to Naples to play the Naples Titans on Saturday.