The Marco Eagles teams opened their season with all games against First Baptist Academy of Naples.
The Eagles and First Baptist have six teams each; two in peewee, junior and senior classes.
With four teams in each class they will play each team three times for a season.
This week the games are all at Winterberry Park.
The peewee games are at 8 and 9 a.m. The juniors play at 10 and 11:30 a.m. followed by the senior teams at 1 and 2:30 p.m.
Here are the results of last week’s games, provided by the coaches.
Green Pee Wee Eagles win, 12-0
The Green Pee Wee Eagles opened up the 2008 campaign with a convincing 12-0 victory over the First Baptist Beacons Pee Wee 1 team. Nico Santimauro opened the scoring with a 70-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. The Eagles defense held the First Baptist offense in check by not giving up a first down the entire game. The Eagles defense was led by Noah Doino and Raul Rodriguez, who both registered quarterback sacks. The Eagles offense was aided by long runs from Austin Gross, 23 yards and Nick Tramazzo, 25 yards. The Eagles second touchdown was a 65-yard pass play from Tyler Smith to Tramazzo.
Head Coach Jim Santimauro said, “ I was pleased with the intensity that we played with. The hard work the kids have shown in practice really showed in the game. The defense showed up in a big way, swarming to the football.”
Gold Pee Wee Eagles lose, 20-6
The Eagles gave up a long 55-yard TD run in the first quarter to fall behind early to the Beacon 2 Pee Wee team. In the second quarter the Eagles sustained a long drive, led by quarterback Tanner Prange, but fell short of punching the ball into the end zone, ending the drive at the one-yard line as time expired in the first half.
The Eagles offense opened the second half with a long drive, including a 50-yard run by Tyler Wallace. The Eagles closed the score to 7-6 with a 12-yard TD run by Wallace, with blocking on the left side of the line led by Bon Deese and Sean Hennel. The Beacons scored on two long runs in the fourth quarter to close out the game.
Head Coach Greg West said, “We gave up three big plays on the defensive side of the ball. Otherwise, I was pleased with our overall effort. We still have work to do to get better on both sides of the ball. But I can tell you that a number of first-year players, like the Bartos boys (Kyle and Kole) and others, will continue to develop into key contributors for our ball club. We will continue to work hard and get better each week.”
Junior Green Eagles nipped, 6-0
The Eagles won the coin toss and received the ball. Zack Gober caught and ran to their 40-yard line, but the drive stalled. The defense, led by Jared Jackson and Robert Alywin, rushed up the middle causing a fumble and Alex Thompson recovered the ball.
Jackson and Cole Stretton blitzed up the middle on another defensive gem, causing another fumble and Hector Diaz recovered the ball. The offense had trouble moving the ball during the game, leaving the defense to make big plays, including Zachary Rodriguez, Dereck Ollmer and Cayden Couture. First Baptist Church garnered the loan score on a six-yard run in the final three minutes to win.
“I want to thank all my players for doing an outstanding job along with all my coaches, assistant coach, Andy Delgado and assistant coach Ron Wallace, said head coach Hector Diaz.
Junior Gold Eagles win, 19-0
“Our defense was ‘player of the game,’” said head coach Jim Young. “The entire team played almost as good as we could play, with our defensive ends, Cole Cleary and Trevor Dye, forcing plays back to the middle, allowing our defensive line and linebackers to make many plays.
“Our offense showed good effort and our blocking was very strong as a team, but we had too many penalties. This is what we will have to work out this week.”
Anthony Macchiarolo broke around left end on the first play for a 55-yard for a touchdown, but the extra point attempt failed. Macchiarolo scored again and the extra point attempt failed again. Then Wesley Lancaster had a long run for a touchdown and Cole Cleary scored the extra point, making the final score, 19-0.
“We are very happy with this first game,” Young said. “Anytime you can hold your opponent without a score it’s going to give you a chance to win the game.”
Senior Gold Eagles lose, 12-0
The Gold Eagles, suffering from first game jitters, were plagued by penalties in the first half. The penalties set the stage for two First Baptist scores to make it 12 –0. The Eagles held tough, stopping both extra points.
The Eagles dominated the second half, holding First Baptist to only 26 yards total offense. Elijah Henderson ran well and Chris Ginther almost scored when he was tripped up as he headed for the goal line. With less than two minutes to go the Eagles were threatening to score when a penalty set them back and ended their scoring drive.
Coach Bill Hollowsky said, “We really suffered from the first game jitters. It showed and hurt us with basic penalties. Overall with 10 new players, more than half the team never having played football before, we learned a lot. Next week we will focus on the fundamentals and we’ll be ready to go.”
The Eagles defense was lead by Elijah Henderson and Kyle Mitchusson ,with five tackles each, followed by Jake Dworkin and Devin Noel with four each. Quarterback sacks were made by Jeff Leonia and Ken Moss.
Senior Green Eagles fall, 20-6
Joe Scarpaci scored the Eagles lone touchdown with key blocks by Steven Schneider and Nick Ronquette. Hard running was also turned in by Wade Davey.
“We made to many mistakes to win the game,” said head coach Steve Schnieder. “Eliminating the mistakes should get us on the winning track.”