The Marco Eagles football teams hope to have a successful homecoming this weekend at Mackle Park after losing four games on Saturday.
Homecoming games begin with the 90-pound game at 9 a.m., 115-pound game at 10:30 a.m., 125 at noon and the 140-pound game at 2 p.m.
The 140-pound team plays the West Kendall Dolphins, while the other teams play the Tamiami Colts. Before each game the players and parents will be introduced.
Actually, the good news in the losses on Saturday was that each team scored in Miami Xtreme Youth Football League games.
In the 90-pound game, the Leisure City Modello (LCM) Timberwolves won 26-6.
In the first quarter the Eagles held LCM scoreless while gaining four first downs, including a nice 15-yard pass play from Cole Stretton to Andrew Delgado, but the Eagles could not get into the end zone. LCM scored three times in the second quarter as it had the ball most of the quarter.
In the third quarter the Eagles, including Tanner Prange, Joshua Beighta, Brian Kocak, Hunter O’Neill and Howie Jordan, played strong on defense and Cayden Couture stopped a drive with a fumble recovery.
The Eagles mounted a drive in the fourth quarter that led to their touchdown. Stretton and Cody Young shared the running load, with Young cracking into the end zone for the score. Other offensive leaders were Colton Couture, Daniel Bonte, Andrew Hurdis, Joshua Wagner and Hakan Peksen.
In the 115-pound game the Timberwolves staved off an Eagles drive in the first quarter then scored three touchdowns in the second quarter on the way to a 24-6 win.
The Eagles defense toughened in the second half, led by Kyle Mitchusson, Cole Cleary, Liam Hollowsky, Adam Hurdis, Austin Knoll, Jeff Leonia, Kyle Riddle and Tiger Proehl.
Offensively, the Eagles offense made room for Anthony Macchiarolo garnering two long runs and a touchdown.
Coach Mike Snyder said that his team improves every week, but needs to work on the outside run on defense and better tackling.
The Eagles 125-pound team lost their first game of the season, 30-6, to the Naples Gators, who have won five straight games. The Eagles scored the first touchdown against the Gators this season, but it wasn’t enough.
Defensively, coach Steve Schneider said Luke Bergen and Sawyer Hauk were the standouts and Bergen scored the Eagles touchdown.
“We will work hard this week to get better against Tamiami,” Schneider said.
Hayden Hanscom raced to a 45-yard touchdown in the 140-pound game, but the Eagles couldn’t hold off LCM, losing 28-6. Jake Dworkin also had a 40-yard run for the Eagles.
“Unfortunately the Timberwolves took advantage of our turnovers to win,” coach Bryan Milk said.
Elijah Hudson, Gary Hardy, Matt Bonito led the defense, while Chris Ginther did a good job at offensive center.