The Eagles had success last weekend winning four of five and tying the other game. The Eagles teams have gone 30-7-2 going into the final homecoming weekend tomorrow. They have outscored their opponents 604 to 219 so far this season with the only this weekend’s games left.
Peewee Gold Eagles run over Beacon 1, 26-7
It didn’t look good for The Peewee Gold Eagles when the Beacons took four plays to score. However, that didn’t phase the Gold Eagles as they took the ball and went on a 12-play drive culminated by a 20 yard run by Zach West.
Kyle Bartos ran in the extra point outside. From that point, the Gold Eagles “bend but don’t break” defense took charge shutting down the Beacons.
On the Eagles’ next drive, Kyle Bartos went wide left and ran for a 40 yard touchdown made possible by a great block by his brother, Kole Bartos. Then, on the first play of the second half, Kyle Bartos sliced through the right side of the Beacon’s defense and popped out on the other side to gallop to a 65 yard touchdown.
The Beacons showed some signs of life with a long pass play but the Eagles defense rose up again to take the ball back on downs. On the Eagles last drive, Kyle Bartos went wide again and outraced the Beacon defenders for his third touchdown. The Beacons offense took the ball and drove deep into the Eagles’ red zone but the Eagles defense kept them out of the endzone as time ran out.
After a shaky start, the Gold Eagle defense tightened up to shut down the Beacons. Kyle Bartos was the leading tackler with fives tackles. Other defensive contributors were Zach West, Tanner Prange, Will Glasser, Sean Henell, John Edward Padgett-Wright, Howie Jordan, Kole Bartos, Josh Jordan, Stuart Endres, Gianna Rose and Travis Wilmath.
Peewee Green Eagles edge Beacon 2, 13-7
The Eagles and Beacons battle to a 0-0 score in the first quarter. Then, the Green Eagles opened it up in the second on an impressive play.
Jay Vanderjagt tossed the ball to Nico Santimauro who then tossed it to Evan Meredith. Meredith found Vanderjagt wide open in the flats and Jay raced 20 yards for the Eagles touchdown.
The Beacons stopped the Eagles on the extra point.
Later in the second quarter, Vanderjagt handed off to Santimauro who darted 65 yards for the Eagle touchdown. Evan Meredith made a great catch on the Extra point to give the Eagles a 13-0 halftime lead.
The second half started out with the Beacons driving 65 yards for a touchdown to come within six points. The Green Eagle defense stepped up once again in the fourth quarter to put the game away for the Green.
Coach Jim Santmauro stated “We played an inspired Beacon team today but fortunately, our team showed why they have won their last four games.”
Jr. Green Eagles tie Beacons 1, 0-0
It was the ultimate defensive battle when the Jr. Green Eagles went head-to-head with the Jr. Beacon 1. Neither team’s offenses could make any headway against the tough defensive play of both teams.
The stalemate continued throughout the game, ending in a 0-0 tie.
Jr. Gold Eagles beat up Beacon 2, 28-6
Naples got the ball first and fumbled on the first play, with Nicholas Bryant recovering the fumble.
The Eagles took possession and after a first down run by Nick Tramazzo, Cole Cleary took a broken pass play around left end for a 25 yard touchdown. Cody Young kicked the extra point. Eagles 8, Naples 0.
The Eagles defense held on downs, with Jonatan Kriqi and Andrew Hurdis making several plays from their nose guard positions. The Eagles started their second possession with a sweep around right end with Patrick Michel racing 70 yards for the score. The extra point failed. Eagles 14, Naples 0.
The half ended with another strong defensive stand by the Eagles. The linebackers, Cameron Robau, Nicholas Bryant, and Alex Thompson along with the defensive backs Nick Tramazzo and Cameron Ragan made several plays each and allowed only one first down in the first half. The Eagles received the second half kick and Cody Young returned the kick for a 70 yard touchdown. The extra point was good. Eagles 22, Naples 0.
With Naples facing third down they attempted a long pass and Logan Flowers intercepted to give the Eagles the ball. The Eagles sent in the second string offense and on the second play, with Hunter O’Neill at Quarterback he handed off to Logan Flowers on an inside dive who broke outside to the left and raced 50 yards for the touchdown. Daniel Pollitt, Ricky Para, Wadson Joseph, and Logan Gibson made great blocks on the play. The extra point failed. Eagles 28, Naples 0.
Naples got their offense going and scored. They missed the extra point. Eagles 28, Naples 6.
Coach Jim Young noted “ After facing three weeks with illness and getting everybody back, we played one of our best games on both sides of the ball.”
Sr. Eagles steam roll Beacon 2, 28-0
The first quarter results were not great, but the defense played great. Dan Paul was the defensive start of the game from start to finish. The second quarter began with the Eagles having the ball around mid field. Strong running by Jared Jackson and Wendell Joseph was capped off with a perfect pass from Greg Trzyna to Dieuvenel Tanis for the touchdown. Great blocking was provided by Trevor Dye, Jeff Leonia, Kurt Endres, Adam Hurdis, and Juslin Baptist. These guys along with Sean Hurley provided excellent protection whenever we passed the ball.
The Eagles defense then took the field. A stout defense led by Robert Thompson, Williamson George, Scott Endres, Devenel Tanis, and Jared Jackson led to a punt by FBA. The Eagles took over around mid field and after a few solid runs, Greg Trzyna again connected with Dieuvenel Tanis for 50 plus yards and our second touchdown. The kick was no good resulting in a 12-0 score at halftime.
The Eagle defense again took to the field after halftime. The defense played fantastic all day, but Dan Paul was the standout. He played with a great deal of intensity and was an unstoppable force all day. He had help from Mack Bornebus, Karl Chery, and Sean McMullen and the Eagles defense forced a punt. After solid running, and a key block by Justin Gallegos on a sweep, Juslin Baptist plowed into the end zone. The extra point was good making the score Eagles 20, Beacons 0.
After another punt by Beacons, the Eagles moved the ball down field with strong running by Wendell Joseph and Juslin Baptist. The ball was at the ten yard line and a pass from Greg Trzyna to Steven Schneider got us to the one yard line. Another pass to Steven Schneider resulted in a touchdown. Steven has played for six years and this was his opportunity to score. The whole team was extremely happy for him. The extra point kick was good, resulting in the final score, Eagles 28, Beacons 0. Coach Steve Schneider stated “Coach (Frank) Rose could not have been any happier with his offensive and defensive lines. As for me, I am extremely proud of the entire team. The Eagles played their best complete game of the season.”
Eagles’ Homecoming celebration
The Eagles will finish their season this weekend with their Homecoming Celebration at Winterberry Park as our teams match up against each other. The Peewee Green and Gold teams will face off at 8:45 a.m. followed by the Junior game at 10 a.m.
The celebration continues at 11:30 a.m. with a dedication ceremony for the new Winterberry Park, Camp R.O.C.K. kids and 3v3 Soccer exhibition game.
Finally, the Senior Eagles will try to go undefeated for the season against the Naples Seahawks at 12 p.m.
The Optimist Club of Marco Island and Eagles football have joined together with the American Cancer Society of Marco Island to honor those children in Collier County who had or are currently battling cancer. These children are recipients of a program called Camp R.O.C.K. This program is an opportunity for kids with cancer to be kids again!
Everyone fits in, thanks to caring counselors and medical providers, campers swim, fish, ride horses and explore their creative side with an arts and crafts program. Along their week long journey they learn independence and coping skills.
Come on out to cheer on the Marco Island Eagles, meet the Camp R.O.C.K. kids and their families and check out how 3v3 Soccer is played during the exhibition match.
Chances to win a 50/50 drawing can be purchased at the games with the drawing after 11:30 a.m. All proceeds from the drawing will be donated to Camp R.O.C.K. For more information, visit MarcoOptimistClub.org.