On a beautiful October day, the Marco Eagles got to play their first home games on the newly renovated Winterberry Park. The competition continues to get tougher, but the Eagles went undefeated on the weekend, winning some really exciting games with good defense.
Peewee Gold Eagles roll over First Baptist Peewee Beacons #2.
The Gold Eagles rolled over the Beacons #2, 19-6.
It didn’t look good for the Peewee Gold Eagles as Beacons moved effectively down field to score on their first possession, ending the Eagles streak at 12 quarters for a team not scoring on them. However, the score seemed to wake up the giant in the Gold Eagles as they rose up to play their best game of the season.
On their first possession, the Gold Eagles scored on a 55-yard run by Kyle Bartos. He was sprung by a huge block by his brother Kole on two Beacon defenders. The Beacons started to move the ball again, but Will Glasser forced a fumble and it was recovered by the Eagles Bryce Ehlen. Quarterback Tanner Prange tossed a passed to Kole Bartos, who bounced off tacklers on his way to a 30-yard touchdown reception.
The final blow was struck by Zach West as he sliced in front of a Beacons receiver to intercept the pass and ran for a 45-yard touchdown. Then he dove into the end zone for the extra point to make the score 19-6.
The Gold Eagles defense came up big, adding two interceptions and a fumble recovery to their already impressive defensive stats. Kole Bartos and West led the defense with five tackles each. In a team effort Stuart Endres, Sean Hennel, Johnny Nicholson, Gianna Rose, Howie Jordan, Tyler Toth and Travis Wilmath. “The coaching staff couldn’t be prouder of the effort these kids gave today” said Head Coach Greg West.
“Our kids never gave up. We talk about having heart and character all the time with our kids. Today, they showed it.”
Peewee Green Eagles blank Peewee Beacons #1
The Pee Wee Green Eagles got back on track this week by shutting out the Beacons 20-0. Quarterback Jay Vanderjagt had a great day, completing four of five passes, one for a touchdown. In the first quarter, Vanderjagt found Evan Meredith for a 65-yard for a touchdown play. The Green Eagles defense held strong all day, giving up only two first downs. Nico Santimauro scored twice in the second quarter. Sanitmauro raced 65 yards on the first score and 48 yards on the second to secure the victory for the Green. Standouts on defense were Joshua Wagner, Tyler Smith, Brian Kocak, Spencer Jenkins, Hawkin Jenkins, Vanderjagt, Jayden Noel, Andrew Sprankle, Oliver Wasem, Evan Meredith, and Santimauro.
Jr. Gold Eagles outlast Beacons #2
The Jr. Gold Eagles won an exciting 24-20 battle. Cole Cleary, ran 15 yards, Logan Flowers, 20 yards and Cleary the last 15 yards for a score. Cody Young kicked the extra point for an 8-0 lead.
First Baptist came back to score and ran in the extra point, closing the lead to 8-7. The second quarter was a defensive struggle. Jonathan Kriqi, Logan Gibson, Wadson Joseph and Vincent Whirl helped on defense due to several players being sick. Gibson recovered a fumble for the Eagles which led to Young’s 75-yard TD romp. Evander Barr made a good block to spring Young free. The Beacons rebounded for a score, cutting the lead to 16-13,
The Eagles scored again with key runs by Nick Tramazzo and clutch receptions by Logan Flowers, moving to the Beacons one-yard line. Cleary took it in from there.
However, the Beacons scored on the next possession, cutting the lead to 24-20. With Two minutes remaining the Eagles faced a fourth and 25. The players talked the coaches into going for the first down try. Cleary spun right and launched a throw to Tramazzo for the reception of 25 yards and one foot for a first down and the Eagles ran out the clock. Coach Jim Young said, “This game was the example of a team meeting a challenge and displaying tremendous heart to win a tough fought ball game. We had several players out sick and some playing limited times due to illness. I am sure going on fourth-and-25 is not the smart play, but our players were confident and wanted to go for it and it truly is all about the kids.”
Jr. Green Eagles beat Naples Seahawks, 22-0
The Jr. Green defense shut down the Seahawks offense. Quarterback Zack Gober scored the Eagles first TD. The Eagles scored again on a reverse by Alfrondie Pierre for a 75-yard touchdown. The extra point was made by Jordan Barrett. The Eagles offense and defense dominated the entire third quarter. In the fourth quarter, the offense struck again when Tyler Wallace made an awesome run up the middle for 15 yards, putting the Eagles on the two-yard line. Four plays later Gober floated a pass to Cole Stretton for a touchdown. The extra point was kicked by Barrett. The defensive line of Troy Carlson, Mark English, Hector Diaz, Bon Deese and Cayden Couture shut down the Seahawks the entire game.
Sr. Green Eagles defeat Beacons #1, 19-6
The game was the team’s toughest yet. The Eagles came out flat and took a quarter just to get going. In the second quarter, quarterback Greg Trzyna scored, due to strong blocking from Jeff Leonia, Adam Hurdis, and Kurt Endres. The Beacons scored late in the second quarter to tie the score at the half. The defense played well in spurts, led by Clay Demosthenes, Juslin Jean Baptist, and Scott Endres. Offensive scoring by Jared Jackson, on a five- yard run, and Wendell Joseph, breaking numerous tackles on a 40-yard TD run, ended the scoring.
Coach Steve Schneider said, “Today’s game was a true battle. We had a bad week of practice and it showed on game day. It was a wake up call to our team, and hopefully it will benefit us as the season continues.”
The Eagles staff would like to thank Bryan Milk, Marco Island Parks & Recreation director and his staff for getting Winterberry Park ready for the Eagles’ home games. Special thanks to Diane Trzyna and her team for providing concessions.
The Eagles will play at Community School of Naples this weekend, starting at 8 a.m. Check MarcoEagles.com for all the updates and schedules.