The Marco Eagles Football organization kicked off the 2009 season by going undefeated against the First Baptist Church of Naples Beacons and Naples Seahawks.
League Chairman Greg West said, “It was a great day for the players and coaches, and playing on the beautiful field at Lely High School was an added bonus because of the wet weather on Friday.”
The Eagles completed their first undefeated day for all teams in the seven-year history of the program. However, it was not a cakewalk as four of seven games were determined by only one touchdown.
Peewee Green Eagles win, 18-0
The Eagles wasted no time getting on the score board in Saturday’s game. Nico Santimauro scored on the first play, a 65-yard touchdown jaunt. The Eagles used their defense every gameto set up the second score with Santimauro tallying on a two-yard yard interception return.
The defense was relentless, putting pressure on the Beacons offense all game. Standouts on defense were Josua Wagner, Evan Meredith, Brian Kocak, and Tyler Smith. Jay Vanderjagt led the offense on a five-play, 65-yard drive in the third quarter. Highlights on the drive were a Vanderjagt run off left end for 30 yards and a 15-yard run off left end by Jayden Noel. The drive was capped off by a 12-yard touchdown run by Oliver Wasem.
Peewee Gold Eagles win, 6-0
The Peewee Gold Eagles took on a very physical First Baptist Beacons Red team. It was a defensive battle, with both teams forcing multiple fumbles throughout the game. Ultimately, the game was decided when the Eagles Kole Bartos stripped the ball from a Beacons running back and ran for an 80-yard touchdown. Then Kyle Bartos glided untouched around the right side to convert the extra point, making the score 7-0. Kyle then turned around and stalled the Beacons next drive by intercepting a long pass. Although they were under-sized, the Eagles’ defense stood tall and shut the Beacons down for the rest of the game. Defensive standouts were Will Glasser, Zach West, Tanner Prange and Kyle and Kole Bartos.
Junior teams win
The Junior Division was matched in a triangle schedule were they played two teams for two quarters each.
Junior Gold Eagles
The Eagles could not get any offense going in their first possession of the season and were forced to punt, but Cole Cleary caused a fumble and the Eagles recovered. On the second play Zack Gober ran for a 27-yard touchdown. Cody Young kicked the extra point and the first quarter ended, with the Eagles leading, 8-0.
The Eagles offense got moving in the next quarter, with Zack Gober completing a 25-yard pass to Logan Flowers. Cody Young then completed a 25-yard pass to Nick Tramazzo, setting up a seven-yard TD run by Patrick Michel. Cody Young kicked the extra point, giving the Eagles a 16-0 win. The defense played hard all day with the nose guards Evander Barr and Andrew Hurdis making it difficult for the Beacons to establish a running game.
The second game was a defensive struggle until the last four minutes of the second quarter. With the Eagles facing third and 30, Patrick Michel made a sweep right for 25 yards and on fourth down Cole Cleary ran left for six yards, picking up the first down. Two plays later Cole Cleary made a one-yard TD run, giving the Eagles the victory. The defense played strong with linebackers Cameron Robau, Nick Bryant and Alex Thompson making several key plays to get the shutout.
The Junior Green Team won, 7-0 and 6-0. No further results were given.
Senior Green Eagles win, 26-6
The game started off with a bang when Dieuvenel Tanis returned the kickoff 70 yards for the first score. After a fumble, forced by the tenacious Eagle’s defense, the seniors ran the ball three straight times, leading to a score by Jared Jackson.
The Eagles defense played great all day and only gave up one long play, putting the Beacons in scoring position at the 15. A great defensive stand, led by Robert Thompson, Dan Paul, and Devenel Tanis, led to the ball being turned over on downs.
The Eagles then had a miscue on the snap, leading to a fumble recovered by the Beacons, and resulting in the Beacons only score of the game. The Beacons started the second half with the ball, but were forced to punt after a stout defense led by Scott Endres and Sean McMullen. Strong running by Wendell Joseph and strong blocking by Steven Schneider, Clay Demosthenes, Trevor Dye, Jeff Leonia, Adam Hurdis, Kurt Endres, and Dieuvenel Tanis, led to another score. This time Juslin Jean Baptist ran it in for the Eagles. The PAT was made by Nick Ruiz, giving the Eagles a 20-6 lead. Another great defensive stand from Sean Hurley, Mack Bornelus, Williamson George, Reeves Carlisle and Karl Chery, led to the Eagles getting the ball to start the fourth quarter. Good leadership by Quarterback Greg Trzyna, and strong running led to the final score by Justin Gallegos.
The Eagles staff would like to thank all the fans for their support, along with the Lely High School football coaches, athletic department and band boosters (running concessions) for making the day a great success. The Eagles will be at First Baptist Church of Naples on Saturday. For schedules and game times, visit www.MarcoEagles.com.