Unfortunately, the Marco Eagles finished the season with four losses on Saturday in the Miami Xtreme Youth Football League.
Three of the losses were to powerhouse Naples Gators teams and the other to perennial champion West Kendall Dolphins.
In the 90-pound game the Gators scored on their first two possessions on its way to a 24-0 win.
Although they didn’t score, Zach West, Tanner Prange, Cole Stretton and Tyler Gresham had good offensive games, while on defense Brian Kocak stopped an extra-point try.
“The season provided our kids with a great football experience,” said coach Brian Kocak. “The coaches were able to see very good progress throughout the season. They learned the real meaning of team work.”
In the 115-pound game, the Eagles scored in a 30-6 loss.
The Eagles defense completely shut down the Gators rushing plays, but fell to the passing plays.
Kyle Riddle and Anthony Macchiarolo stopped two drives by interceptions and Julian Alicea stopped an extra-point try by the Gators.
Cole Cleary stripped the ball from the Gators quarterback and Jeff Leonia recovered the fumble.
Kyle Mitchusson cracked the Gators goal line for the Eagles touchdown.
“This was the best defensive game against the rush,” coach Mike Snyder said. “Overall, the coaches couldn’t be prouder of the team this year.”
In the 125-pound contest, the Gators jumped out to a 20-0 lead in the first half in a 30-6 win.
The Eagles scored first in the second half on a halfback-option pass from Luke Bergen to Kit Fowler for a 50-yard TD, with Joe Scarpaci making a key block.
Playing their last games as they move onto high school were Bergen, Fowler, Alex Jerrett, Nash Conroy, and Brandon Drake. Coach Steve Schneider also recognized the rest of the team, including Dane Stretton, Michael Mitchusson, Jared Jackson, Gage Wheeler, Robert Thompson, Connor Knox, Kevin Roseboom, Buck Reinders, Kyle Adams, Sawyer Hauk, Wade Davey and Steven Schneider.
Coach Schneider thanked his assistants, Jim Jerrett, Scott Hauk and Chris Adams, along with team mom Leslie Drake and volunteer Cindy Scarpaci.
The 140-pound game saw the Eagles use three quarterbacks to help keep them fresh and the offense more aggressive, but the West Kendall Dolphins were just too good. The Eagles lost 24-0.
Coach Bryan Milk said Elijah Hednerson and Jade Dworkin played well on defense, while Ian Nesmith, Jordan Burnett and Chris Ginther helped quarterbacks Marc Milk, Patrick Doyle and Hayden Hanscom on offense.
“The kids played with spirit all season,” Milk said. “Since day one they all gave 100 percent. I also want to thank coaches Mark Doyle and Chip Egbert.
The Eagles close out the season with an awards ceremony and banquet at Stan’s Idle Hour in Goodland on Saturday, Nov. 17.
The Eagles Board of Directors recognized the support of the Marco Eagle, city Parks and Recreation Department, Art Sellers Signs, Cold Stone Creamery, Kinetic Water Systems and Little Ceasars.