The Marco Eagles football teams took it on the chin, losing three games on Saturday in the Miami Xtreme Youth Football League at Mackle Park.
The 90-pound team lost to Pahokee, 27-0, the 125-pound team was edged by Pahokee, 12-7 and the 140-pound team lost to Miami Springs, 31-14. The 115-pound team did not play.
“Although they traveled so far, Pahokee just seemed to have all the pieces in place to win,” assistant coach Brian Kocak said. “Defensively we played well, but weren’t able to put points on the board, which we need to do to be competitive.”
The team has a bye this week, traveling to Miami on Oct. 6 for a second meeting with Leisure City Modello.
In the 125-pound game coach Steve Schnedier said, “The game was one of our best efforts all year. Our opponent scored on its first drive and we followed with a drive that ended in a touchdown on a reverse play by Kit Fowler. Unfortunately, on the ensuing kickoff they returned it for a touchdown. That ended the scoring but not a great effort.”
Nash Conroy registered an interception and the Eagles got down to the Pahokee five yard line, but fell short of scoring. Kevin Roseboom and Sawyer Hauk stopped Pahokee from scoring on fourth-and-one.
Leading the running attack were Hauk and Joe Scarpaci. Jared Jackson, Gage Wheeler and Conner Knox played solid games on the line.
“The effort shown by everyone on this team was outstanding,” Schneider said.
In the 125-pound game Miami Springs shut down the passing game, which hurt the Eagles offense.
“We were forced to stay with the run and did capitalize on a 58-yard touchdown run by David Moya,” assistant coach Mark Doyle said. “We had great blocking from our offensive line.”
The Eagles rallied in the second half when Victor Lora tackled the Miami Springs quarterback on their goal line. On the Miami Springs fourth-down punt the Eagles blocked it and Jake Dworkin recovered the ball in the end zone for a touchdown.
“We have good defensive play by Chris Ginther, Jimmy Meyer and Oscar Patarroyo,” Doyle said. “Each player picked up their level of play.”