The Marco Eagles flexed their wings, winning four of five games against First Baptist Church of Naples on Saturday.
Here are the reports of each game, turned in by the coaches.
Pee Wee Green Eagles win, 13-7
Defense and more defense was the name of the game for the Eagles victory. The Eagles did not give up a first down until the fourth quarter.
Nico Santimauro was a defensive juggernaut, registering nine solo tackles. Tyler Grishem, Joshua Wagner and Andrew Hurdis made sure nothing came to the middle of the field. Raul Rodriguez and Noah Doino protected the outside. The Eagles finally got on the board in the fourth quarter as Tyler Smith hit Nick Tramazzo with a pass in the corner of the end zone. Nico Santimauro ran for the extra point.
Austin Gross scored on a 45-yard quarterback bootleg, making moves that would have made ballet-goers proud. It turned out to be the decisive touchdown as First Baptist scored to make the final 13-7.
“The defense played another great game,” said Coach Jim Santimauro. “I was very impressed once again with the way our defense played. Logan Gross made a great block on his brother’s touchdown.”
Pee Wee Gold Eagles wins, 14-0
The Eagles improved its record to 2-1-1 on the season with a 14-0 defeat of First Baptist Beacons 2. The Eagles offense controlled the football the entire first quarter. In the second quarter a nine-play, 65-yard drive resulted in a Zach West four-yard score. Tyler Wallace scored on the extra point. But once again the story of the day was the Eagles defense, recording its third consecutive shutout.
“I can’t say enough about the effort and intensity on the defensive side of the ball,” said Head Coach Greg West. “Our defensive coaches, Brian Kocak and Jim Prange, have done an outstanding job getting the kids in position to make plays and swarm to the football.”
After an Eagles fumble midway through the fourth quarter, the Eagles held the Beacons on four downs, then Wallace raced for an 85-yard touchdown to seal the win. Zach West added the extra point conversion to give the Eagles a 14-0 lead late in the fourth quarter.
Greg West noted that other key contributors on the offense were quarterback Tanner Prange and the offensive line, led by Bon Deese.
“Anytime you can play a ball-controlled offense, coupled with an aggressive defense, you give yourself a pretty good chance of winning the football game,” he said.
Junior Gold Eagles win, 25-6
Coach Jim Young said the Eagles played a great defensive game.
“The entire team played strong all day and we only gave up six points,” he said. “Daniel Resendez played a good game at defensive back and Dalton Stokes and Jorge Jimenez played well at nose guard.”
On offense Logan Flowers got to start at wide receiver and made some good blocks, helping the team score four touchdowns. Wesley Lancaster and Anthony Macchiarolo each scored twice. Cole Cleary set up the first score with a 45-yard run to the five-yard line and completed the only extra point with a pass to Trevor Dye.
Junior Green Eagles win, 19-0
The Junior Green Eagles won their second game of the season on great defense, anchored by Alonso Lora, Derek Ollmer, Daulton Herrity, Cole Stretton, Cayden Couture, Zachary Ritchie and Alex Thompson and strong offensive line play by Hector Diaz, Zack Johnson, Andrew Delgado, Robert Alywin and Troy Carlson.
On First Baptist’s first possession of the game, the Eagles recovered a fumble on First Baptist’s 40-yard line. After gaining a few yards on the first two plays, Jarrod Jackson broke free for a 35-yard touchdown. Using a combination of passing and running, Sean Wallace connected with Zach Gober on a 20-yard pass play and Jackson scored from five yards out. The Eagles intercepted two passes in the second quarter, both by Jackson, preventing First Baptist from gaining any momentum.
In the fourth quarter Wallace again connected with Gober for a 35-yard pass to First Baptist’s five-yard line. The Eagles punched it in for their third touchdown of the day and also connected on another pass for the extra point. The game marked the first shutout of the season for the Eagles.
Senior Green Eagles lose, 19-0
Coach Steve Schneider said, “The Green Eagles came out flat today. We came off our best effort last week and hoped to build on the victory, but things just didn’t go very well. Toby McGrath and Quinton Grim had good games on offense and defense.”
The Eagles put together a good drive in the second quarter, with first-and-goal inside the 10, but couldn’t score.
Good efforts also were turned in by Kurt Enders at nose tackle and Diego Cruz. Offensively, Conner Knox played solid at quarterback. Nice blocking was turned in by Austin Blades and Robert Thompson.
“We will continue our season and strive for improvement this weekend,” Schneider said.
Senior Gold game held up
The Eagles were trailing 7-0 when the game was delayed by rain. It will be continued on Saturday before the team’s other game. The Eagles had a drive going, featuring two pass catches by Elijah Hendseron and a run by Kyle Mitchusson. Unfortunately the slippery ball caused an Eagle fumble to stop the drive. The game was halted with two minutes left in the second quarter.
This week all the games are on Marco Island at Winterberry Park. Teams, starting from the youngest to the oldest play from 8 a.m. through 4 p.m.