The Marco Eagles teams had mixed results last weekend. The level of competition has really changed since the first game of the season. All the teams are stepping up. The Eagles went 2-1-1 in some of the toughest battles yet.
Peewee Gold Eagles fall to First Baptist Beacons #1, 12-6
The Peewee Gold Eagles battled an inspired Beacons team. Neither team could sustain a drive in the first quarter. However, the Beacons got on the board on their second possession of the second quarter with a four-play drive. The Eagles got the ball at the start of the second half and didn’t give it away. The Eagles went on a 12 play drive, featuring a nifty 17 yard run by Zach West and culminated by a 1 yard touchdown run by Kyle Bartos on the first play of the fourth quarter. Unfortunately, the Beacons executed their own 10 play drive and scored with just a couple of minutes left. The Gold Eagles had a chance to score, but could not get their passing game to click before time expired.
The defense played well at times, but had mental lapses during key scoring drives. For the first game this season, the Gold Eagle defense did not have a takeaway. The leading tackler was Kyle Bartos with five tackles. Other contributors were Tanner Prange, West, Charles Hamilton, Howie Jordan, Justin Webb, Cody Webb, Tyler Toth, Will Glasser, Travis Wilmath, Bryce Ehlen and Kole Bartos.
Peewee Green Eagles blank Peewee Beacons #2, 25-0
The Green Eagles exploded on the Beacons on their first offensive play. Nico Santimauro took the handoff from quarterback Jay Vanderjagt and sprinted 95 yards for a touchdown. The Eagles held tough through the first quarter. Spencer Jenkins was relentless on defense, recording at least seven solo tackles. In the second quarter, the Eagles struck again. The Eagles went on a seven play, 65 yard drive. Santimauro chunked off big yards behind the blocks of Spencer Jenkins, Joshua Wagner, Hawkin Jenkins, Brian Kocak, Tyler Smith and Evan Meredith. Santimauro then ran for 30 yards to the Beacon 1 yard line, where Vanderjagt plunged into the end zone.
The Eagles took the ball in the second half and marched 70 yards in six plays for another score. Santimauro darted 30 yards for his second touchdown. Vanderjagt scored the last points of the game, racing 18 yards for the score.
Jr. Gold Eagles tie Beacons #1, 19-19
With good blocking by the offensive line (Ricky Para, Logan Gibson, Hunter O’Neill, Daniel Pollitt and Jonathan Kriqi) the Eagles scored first on a 65 yard run by Patrick Michel. Cody Young kicked the extra point. The Beacons matched the touchdown and the extra point run was good.
The Eagles opened the second half with another score as Michel raced 55 yards for a score. The extra point kick was good.
First Baptist scored twice, but missed the extra points.
With 50 seconds remaining the Eagles covered the kick off and had 65 yards to go for a score. Cole Cleary threw a 2 -yard pass to Cody Young, then hit Young for another 35 yards to reach the 5 yard line with five seconds remaining. Eagles called a time out and Young kicked a field goal that Coach Jim Young thought won the game.
Young said, “I asked the refs the score after we reached the five. They said it was 18-16 so I called for the field goal to win. I thought we had won, but the game was tied. It was a hard fought game and I am proud of all the players. We are still dealing with sickness on our team so a tie is not a bad outcome. Hopefully, we can get back to full strength as we have a bye week this Saturday.”
Sr. Green Eagles edge Beacons #1, 15-12
The Eagles started off with a long drive that consumed almost all of the first quarter. It culminated in a touchdown pass from Greg Trzyna to Dieuvenel Tanis for the score. The pass was made possible by strong blocking by the offensive line, including Steven Schneider, Juslin Baptist, Adam Hurdis, Kurt Endres, Jeff Leonia, and Clay Demosthenes. The Eagles then put pressure on the Beacons. The defense, led by Robert Thompson, Scott Endres, and Shawn Hurley, caused a safety by Jeff Leonia, giving the Eagles an 8-0 lead at halftime.
The second half started like the first half ended, with the ball changing hands several times. Defensively, the Eagles played poorly and the Beacons were able to score. In the fourth quarter the Eagles, with good pass blocking, allowed a screen pass to Dieuvenel Tanis to get them into the end zone again. The conversion run by Greg Trzyna, gave the Eagles a 15-6 lead. However, the Beacons were able to score again. Strong defense by Williamson George, Devenel Tanis, Jared Jackson, and Mack Bornebus led to an interception by Sean McMullen to end the game. This was a very hard fought game and the Eagles were lucky to come out with the win.
The league continues to get stronger on all fronts as the Eagles face more competitive battles each week. The Eagles will play at First Baptist Church of Naples this weekend, starting at 8 a.m. Check www.MarcoEagles.com for all the updates and schedules.