Homecoming great, but Eagles all lose

The Marco Eagles had a great Homecoming, unfortunately they couldn’t register a win against teams from Solid Rock, Tamiami and Leisure City Modello, who traveled from Miami-Dade County to Mackle Park on Saturday.

In the 90-pound contest, the Eagles got blitzed by Tamiami on a 50-yard touchdown run on its first possession. The Eagles Cody Young intercepted the pass for the extra-point try, leaving the score at 6-0.

On the kickoff the Eagles Cole Stretton returned it 30 yards and another nice run of 15 yards put the Eagles in scoring range. Although two penalties set the Eagles back, they were not to be denied. Nicholas Konkus outraced defenders for a 45-yard score and the extra point gave the Eagles a 7-6 lead.

But the Colts scored twice before the half ended, leading 18-7 and stayed in control for the rest of the game.

“The Eagles again showed a lot of improvement,” assistant coach Brian Kocak said. The team will work on offensive drills, with getting better with firing off the ball and blocking techniques, along with the defense working on tackling the team, he said. The 90-pounders host Pahokee at 9 a.m. Saturday at Mackle Park.

In the 115-pound contest, Leisure City Modello punched in three scores in the first half in a 24-6 win.

The Eagles got its touchdown on consecutive long runs by Anthony Macchiarolo. Defensively, Kyle Mitchusson led with seven tackles.

Coach Mike Snyder said, “We are definitely improving each week, but we do need work on containing the outside and tackling.”

The Eagles play the Tamiami Colts at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Mackle Park.

In the 125-pound game, the Eagles evened their record at 2-2, after losing to Tamiami, 24-6.

The offensive line of Dane Stretton, Gage Wheeler, Kevin Roseboom, Michael Mitchusson and Jared Jackson, help clear running lanes for Joe Scarpaci and Sawyer Hauk, culminating in a touchdown by Luke Bergen.

The heat and fewer players than Tamiami, took its toll in the second half.

“The players were a step behind on offense and defense,” coach Steve Schneider said.

The 125-pounders host Pahokee on Saturday.

In the 140-pound game, the Eagles traveled to South Miami to play Solid Rock. The Eagles lost 20-0, but the score was not indicative of the game, said coach Bryan Milk.

Despite a much faster opponent, the Eagles controlled the ball for the entire first quarter. They registered five first downs, but couldn’t get into the end zone. Quarterback Patrick Doyle found receivers Jordan Burnett and Elijah Henderson, completing seven of nine passes for 110 yards.

Doyle and Hayden Hanscom, led by a strong offensive line, shared running chores to get the Eagles down to the Solid Rock 18-yard line, but the Eagles turned the ball over.

Solid Rock then went down the field, until Doyle recovered a fumble at the Eagles two-yard line. Defensemen Dakota Berry and Victor Lora caused the fumble. Hanscom led in rushes, with 78 yards on 14 runs.

Defensively the Eagles were led by Jake Dwarkin and Luis Carvaja, combining for 11 tackles.

“We played together like no other day,” said Milk. “We had each and every player contribute.”

The 140-pounders play at Miami Springs on Saturday.

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