Competition was fierce last weekend as the Marco Eagles football teams traveled to Community School of Naples for their match-ups. The Eagles went 3-3 on the weekend with two of those loses incurred when both the Marco Peewee and Junior Eagles teams squared off.
Peewee Gold Eagles blank Peewee Green Eagles, 12-0
The Green Eagles offense came out strong in their first possession, featuring a 28-yard reception from quarterback Jay Vanderjagt to Evan Meredith and a 20-yard run by Vanderjagt to the two-yard line. However, the Gold Eagles defense kept them out of the end zone on four attempts. On the next play, Gold Eagle’s Kyle Bartos gave the team some breathing room with a 28-yard run, but the drive stalled. The Green Eagles continued their offensive strength with a nine-play drive, but did not score as the first half ended.
In the first drive of the second half, Gold Eagles Tanner Prange hit Kole Bartos, who flew up the sideline for a 65-yard gain. Two plays later Kyle Bartos scored on a seven-yard run.
After impressive offense, and equally impressive defense by both teams, the Green Eagles had a final chance with only a few minutes left. After a 17-yard run by Nico Santimauro, Green Eagles went to their pass attack. Unfortunately, the Gold Eagles picked off their fourth pass in three games, giving them the ball on Green’s 35-yard line. Gold QB Tanner Prange broke through the middle of the line and dashed for a 35-yard score as time ran out.
The Peewee Gold Eagles defense stretched its streak of not being scored on to 12 quarters. Zach West led the team with five tackles, while Sean Hennel, Bryce Ehlen, Travis Wilmath, Gianna Rose, Tyler Toth, Howie Jordan, Johnny Nicholson and Charles Hamilton played very well. Standouts on the Green Eagles were Santimauro, Joshua Wagner, Vanderjagt, Spencer Jenkins and Oliver Wasem.
Junior Gold Eagles beat First Baptist Beacons #2, 14-0.
On their first offensive possession, Junior Gold Eagles Zack Gober ran for 15 yard then threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Logan Flowers. Cody Young kicked the extra point.
The defense forced a punt and started the second quarter with a sweep by Patrick Michel for a 50-yard touchdown. The extra point failed.
The Eagles defense played great the entire game. Nose guards Evander Barr, Andrew Hurdis, Jonathan Kriqi and Logan Gibson made several tackles. Jim Coach Young said, “We worked on the fundamentals of tackling this week and it showed up in our defensive performance.”
Junior Green Eagles fall to First Baptist Beacons #1, 22-7
The Beacons scored twice, putting the Eagles in a 16-0 hole. The Eagles got on the board when Alfrande Pierre ran a kickoff back for a 70-yard touchdown. The extra point was kicked by Jordan Barrett making the score 16-7. The Beacons scored again on a running play to end all scoring.
Junior Gold Eagles top Junior Green Eagles, 23-0
On the second play Cody Young ran around right end for 50 yards and a touchdown. The extra point was good. The defense held and Patrick Michel ran for 25 yards. Cole Cleary passed to Cody Young for a 25-yard score.
The defense held on downs and were able to replace the starting backfield. Hunter O’Neill came in to play quarterback and after several good runs by Cameron Robau, Nicholas Bryant and Logan Gibson, Jonathan Kriqi scored from 15 yards out. Coach Young said, “It was great to see our second string offense score a touchdown.”
Senior Green Eagles defeat the Naples Seahawks 24-0
The game was much tougher than the score might reflect. The first quarter was a defensive battle. The second quarter began with the Eagles having the ball. Strong running by Juslin Jean Baptist, along with good blocking by Kurt Endres, Adam Hurdis, Jeff Leonia, and Clay Demosthenes, led to an Eagles touchdown. The Eagles defense stood tall, led by Robert Thompson, Jared Jackson, and Sean Hurley. The half ended with the Seahawks at the one-yard line. In the second half the Eagles played much better on both sides of the ball. Blocking was crisper and defensively the Eagles played much better. The defense was led by Scott Endres, Williamson George, Reeves Carlisle, Trevor Dye and Karl Chery. Strong running by Justin Gallegos, Wendell Joseph, and Jared Jackson led to a score by Dieuvenel Tanis. The Eagles would score one more time on quarterback sneak by Greg Trzyna.
The Eagles staff thank the Naples Seahawks for hosting last weekend’s games in their first season in the league. The Eagles will open the new Winterberry Park field on Saturday. Check MarcoEagles.com to find out game times.