The Marco Eagles 125-pound team made it two straight wins in the Miami Xtreme Youth Football League on Saturday at Mackle Park.
In a valiant effort, the 115-pound team lost in overtime, while the 90-and 140-pound teams lost tough outings.
The 125-pound Eagles used good blocking and hard running on offense and a solid defense to make its record 2-0 with a 20-13 win over Miami Beach.
Quarterback Luke Bergen led the team as Joe Scarpaci, Kit Fowler and Sawyer Hauk scored touchdowns. Defensively, linemen Dane Stretton, Robert Thompson, and Wade Davie played well, along with defensive backs Alex Jerrett, Nash Conroy, Brandon Drake, Connor Knox, Kyle Adams and Buck Reinders also had good games.
“The score of the game was not a good reflection of how well we played,” said coach Steve Schneider. “We had two lapses on defense which resulted in two scores.”
In the 115-pound game the Eagles outrushed their opponents 131 yards to 31, but couldn’t crack the goal line. Neither team scored until the Eagles Randy McDuffie ran over two Naples Titans players for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. The Eagles missed the extra point.
With less than a minute to go the Titans took the ensuing kickoff down to the Eagles 20-yard line. An Eagles penalty advanced the ball into scoring position for the Titans. They scored, but the Eagles defense stopped the extra point, forcing the game into overtime.
Each team got to play an offensive series, with the Titans scoring. The Eagles brought the ball to the Titans four-yard line, but failed to score, giving the Titans a 12-6 win.
McDuffie led the offense, rushing for 86 yards, while Julian Alcea and McDuffie led the defense with six tackles each and Jeff Leonia with five.
The 90-pound Eagles showed some good plays on offense, but couldn’t score as they lost to the Titans, 26-0. Eagles highlights included a Cole Stretton 25-yard pass to Andrew Delgado, getting the Eagles down to the Titans five-yard line where the Eagles were shut down.
Behind the blocking of Hunter Stocklein, Joshua Wagner, Colten Couture and Daniel Bonte, Cody Young ran 45 yards for what would have been a touchdown, but an Eagles penalty called the ball back.
The 140-pound Eagles ran up against a strong Miami Beach team, losing 24-7. Eagles injuries to quarterbacks Patrick Doyle and Hayden Hanscom contributed to slowing their offense. An onside kick by Marc Milk, who became the third quarterback, and recovery by Carols Rojas got the offense moving at the start of the third quarter.
Linemen Victor Lora and Dakota Berry, broke Jake Dwarkin free for a 55-yard run. Then Ian Nesmith and Rojas opened another hole for Dwarkin to scamper into the end zone.
On defense key tackles were made by Elijah Henderson, Dwarkin, Oscar Patarroyo and Jordan Burnett. Gary Hardy was singled out for his aggressive play, keeping the pressure on the opposing quarterback.
The teams play out of town this Saturday, going to Miami and Naples.