The Marco Eagles football teams are looking forward to playing before a home crowd on Saturday at Winterberry Park.
The Eagles played their first games at First Baptist Academy last week and now host their six teams.
“Last week’s games were definitely competitive,” said Eagles President Greg West. “We are looking for a great crowd to come and support the kids. They can come out and watch some football, even have lunch. Games will be going from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Every team has been working hard this week to show their abilities on Saturday.”
Tommie Barfield Elementary PTO members will run the new concession stand at the park. Eagles clothing, hats and even badges where individual pictures can be placed will be sold.
Jim Young, head coach of the Junior Gold Eagles is looking for a second win on Saturday, after a 19-0 shutout last week of the First Baptist Academy team.
“We have had a fantastic turnout at every age group this season,” Young said. “The games are competitive and the kids are having fun.”
Young said he has several players that have been in the Eagles organization for at least two years or more. “I probably have seven kids that can play well at skill positions,” he said.
They include Anthony Macchiarolo, Wesley Lancaster, Greg Trzyna, Cole Cleary, Peter Servante, Cody Young and newcomer Dylan Noel who has experience playing football in Cincinnati before moving to Marco Island.
Winterberry Park will be used for the first time because renovations are being made at Mackle Park.
“Jim Hodgdon and his city crew have put in a lot of effort to get the field ready,” Young said. Hodgdon is the city’s Parks and Recreation superintendent.
“The city has gone out of its way to help us,” he said. “Dana Sousa has done an outstanding job.” Sousa is the Parks and Recreation director.
Friday the Eagle is featuring he junior teams, coached by Young and Hector Diaz. On Wednesday it will feature the junior cheerleaders.
All photos were taken by Adam Koszo of Koszo Productions.