Eagles kick off football season

First games at Lely High

The Marco Eagles kick off the 2009 football season on Saturday at Lely High School with games against the First Baptist Church of Naples Beacons and the newly-formed Naples Seahawks.

The Pee Wee games will begin at 8 a.m. with the Green Eagle Pee Wees taking on the Beacons #1 team, followed by the Gold Eagle Pee Wees tackling the Beacons #2 team at 9 a.m. Starting at 10 a.m. the Junior Divisions will play a “round robin” format with the Eagles having two teams (Green and Gold). First Baptist will also field two teams at the Junior Division and the Naples Seahawks will field one team as a first-year program in the League.

The Eagles will field one senior team for the 2009 campaign. First Baptist will field two senior teams and the Seahawks one this year. The senior games will kick off at 1 p.m. with the Senior Eagles kickoff scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

We are exited to get the regular season going. The kids get tired of hitting against each other, so its nice to have game day. We will field five very competitive teams this fall, with many returning players, with three and four years in the program. The kids are excited about playing up at Lely again. Our first home game at the newly constructed field at Winterberry Park will be Oct. 3 and we are planning a special day to dedicate the football field.

Bryan Milk and Jim Hodsgen have busted their tails for us, and we applaud and commend their efforts and commitment for better facilities for both young and old on the Island.

Bryan Milk is director of the city’s Parks & Recreation. Jim Hodsgen is parks superintendent.

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