The Marco Eagles teams had the grand experience of playing on the new Lely High School football field on Saturday to end their seasons. Here are the coaches comments on the games.
Green better than Gold Pee Wees
The Gold Pee Wee Eagles dropped their final game of the season, 22-0, to the Green Eagles. The loss dropped the Gold Eagles record to 5-2-1.
“We got whipped on both sides of the line of scrimmage, and that didn’t allow us offensively to get our skilled position players in space to make plays,” said Head Coach Greg West.
“I thought Coach Jim Santimauro and his staff did a great job containing our speed on the outside.” Overall, West said he was pleased with season.
“We have a great group of kids who developed character on and off the field. That’s what our objectives as coaches are. Key contributors in the game were Kole and Kyle Bartos, Zach West, Oliver Wasem, Tanner Prange and Evan Meredith.
The Green Pee Wee Eagles capped off an undefeated season at 7-0-1. The Green Eagles mounted a drive late in the second quarter, but came up short, turning the ball over on the Gold Eagles one-yard line. The next play the Green Eagles got on the board when Nick Tramazzo and Raul Rodriguez tackled the Gold runner in the end zone for a safety, the Green Eagles a 2-0 lead. The Green Eagles opened the second half with a 60-yard drive, with Nico Santimauro scoring on a 35-yard run and Noah Doino converting the extra point. The Gold Eagles tried to mount a drive but ended up punting. Nico Santimauro took the punt and darted up the middle for a 60-yard TD and Doino again added extra point. Quarterback Tyler Grishem hooked up with Tramazzo on a 53-yard bomb for the final score.
Coach Santimauro said, “Anytime you can go undefeated you did something right. Our kids wanted it badly and it really showed in the way they played this game. I give much of the credit to my coaches for putting in the game plan that the kids executed.
Junior Green tops Junior Gold
“We lost our second game of the season; but our team played hard for the entire game,” Coach Jim Young said, Due to players being out, Logan Flowers played quarterback and led Junior Gold to two scores. Dylan Noel scored on a five-yard run from the fullback spot and Cole Cleary was able to sweep right end for a 15-yard TD.
“I would like to thank all of the parents who helped with all the sideline support and making this a positive experience for all the players. I congratulate the team for having a successful season and posting the best overall record in the junior division at 6-2,” Young said.
The Junior Green Eagles saw Jarrod Jackson take the opening kickoff down to the 20-yard line and later score on a four-yard run. Sean Wallace hit Austin Knowles with a quick slant pass for the extra point. Wallace then connected with Cole Stretton on a 20-yard touchdown pass. Strong running by Zack Gober and Jackson helped the Green Eagles move the ball in the second quarter. Jackson scored again and Sean Wallace ran in the extra point. Strong defense by Alonzo Lora, Derrick Ollmer, Zack Gober, Cole Stretton and Daulton Herrity kept the Gold Eagles from closing the gap. Zack Gober connected with Jackson on another 20-yard touch down pass, giving the Green Eagles a 26-12 win.
Senior Gold edges Senior Green
For the highlight of the season, the Senior Eagles played under the lights at Lely High School Stadium. It was an incredible night for the players, experiencing the Lely Stadium and artificial turf for the first time.
Both teams played their best defensive games. Late in the fourth quarter, with just under two minutes left, the Senior Gold defense held tough but, with fourth down and eight a pass interference penalty gave the Green team one more opportunity to score – and they did. With 28 seconds left, Connor Knox scrambled to hit Nick Ronquette in the end zone for the winning TD. After taking the kick off, with eight seconds left, the Gold Eagles tried a Hail Mary pass that was intercepted by Joe Scarpaci, ending the game.
Steve Schneider, Senior Green head coach, said, “The team played great defense and just enough offense to win the game. Special thanks to all the parents who made it possible to coach such a great bunch of young men . Also, special thanks to Assistant Coach Frank Rose, team mom Susan Knox, and water girl Giana Rose.”
Bill Hollowsky, Senior Gold head coach, said, “We are incredibly proud of all the players. It really takes special young men to come out and play this physically-demanding sport that takes tough mental focus. We played an all-around great defense with Jeff Leonia and Kyle Mitchusson leading the defense with eight tackles each, Ken Moss with seven and Salem Louwsma was instrumental on the defensive line.”