The Marco Eagles football program continued to have success as the teams traveled to First Baptist Church of Naples to compete against the Beacons and Naples Seahawks. The Eagles went 4-2 for the weekend, with one of those loses incurring when the Junior Eagle teams faced off against each other.
Peewee Green Eagles fall to Beacons #2, 13-6
The Peewee Green Eagles got off to a slow start in the first half, but moved the ball effectively. The Eagles had several chances to score, but the Beacons defense rose to the occasion. The Eagles first and only touchdown came in the fourth quarter when quarterback Jay Vanderjagt found Evan Meredith open in the flats for a 60-yard touchdown reception.
Peewee Gold Eagles top Beacons #1, 20-0
The Peewee Gold Eagles extended its winning streak to two games with an impressive win over the Peewee Beacons #1. On the third play of their first drive, Eagles’ quarterback Tanner Prange ran a bootleg 59 yards for a touchdown. Zach West pounded in the extra point. The Eagles put together a 12-play drive only to fumble on the Beacons’ 12-yard line. On the first offensive play of the third quarter, Prange duplicated his touchdown with a 70-yard bootleg. After an offside penalty, Kyle Bartos bounced off tacklers on a 12-yard extra point run. The final touchdown came on a 44-yard touchdown run by Kole Bartos. The point after was missed, making the final score 20-0.
The Eagles defense played exceptionally well in notching their second shutout. The Eagles registered two more interceptions, by Kole Bartos and Tanner Prange. Kyle Bartos led the team with four tackles. Defensive standouts were Tyler Toth, Will Glasser, Zach West, Howie Jordan, Bryce Ehlen, Sean Hennel and Charles Hamilton.
Junior Gold Eagles beat Naples Seahawks, 20-0
The defense started out strong, forcing a punt on the Naples Seahawks’ first possession. Cameron Ragan and Vincent Whirl provided great run defense from their defensive back positions. On its second offensive play, Cody Young swept right, made a cut back across field and with great blocks from Zack Gober and Patrick Michel , raced 55 yards for a TD. The extra point failed.
The defense held again, forcing a punt that Zack Gober returned 60 yards for a touchdown. The extra point was good. After holding the Seahawks again, Zack Gober ran a quarterback draw for 50 yards to score. The extra point failed.
On the last possession by the Seahawks the Eagles were able to get its offensive linemen, Hunter O’Neill, Logan Gibson, Daniel Politt, Jonathan Kriqi and Ricky Para, in to play some defense. Wadson Joseph came in to play defensive back and all of these players made several tackles to preserve the shutout.
Junior Gold Eagles top Junior Green Eagles, 8-6
The Green Eagles won the coin toss and elected to receive. The second play was a quick pitch to Dalton Herrity for a 25-yard gain. Then another quick pitch to Alfrande Pierre was good for a 13-yard gain. The Green offense threw a screen pass into the flats to Chris Redmond and he ran to the five-yard line where the ball was fumbled and recovered by the Gold Eagles.
It was a defensive battle between the two Marco teams until the last two minutes when Green quarterback Dalton Herrity did a quick pitch to Alfrande Pierre for a 14-yard gain. A quick pitch this time to Tyler Wallace was good for 70 yards. Alfrande Pierre ran the ball up the middle with an 8 yard gain. On a broken pass play, Dalton ran the ball and scored. The extra point was missed by inches.
After the kickoff, with 1:30 remaining and 55 yards to go, the Gold Eagles finally got its offense going. Zack Gober completed a 25-yard pass to Cody Young and another 25-yard pass to Logan Flowers. With 30 seconds remaining, Cole Cleary took a hand off around the left side for the touchdown. Cody Young came on with time running out to kick the extra point, making the final score, Gold 8, Green 6. Gold Eagles Coach Jim Young said, “Our Green Eagles teammates played a fantastic game and as part of the Eagles organization I could not be prouder of both teams.”
Junior Green Eagles blank against Beacons #2, 14-0
The Green defense, led by Chris Redmond, shut the Beacons offense down, making it impossible for them to move the ball on their first possession. Eagles Alfrande Pierre ran the ball 25 yards, getting the Eagles a first down, but the drive stalled. However, on the Eagles second possession, Alfrande ran 68 yards for a touchdown. Jordan Barrett kicked the extra point, making the score 7-0. The Green Eagles defense, led by Jordan Barrett, again shut down the Beacons. The Eagles took over at the 30-yard line. Bon, “The Diesel,” took the ball up the middle for a six-yard gain and Dalton Herrity gave a wide pitch to Alfrande Pierre for a 25-yard touchdown jaunt. Jordan Barrett kicked the extra point, making the score 14-0.
Senior Green Eagles roll over Senior Beacons #2, 28-0
On the Eagles first possession, Wendell Joseph took the handoff, and ran through a large hole, courtesy of Adam Hurdis, Clay Demostheres, and Steven Schneider, for a 60-yard score. A stout defense, led by Jeff Leonia and Dan Paul, resulted in an attempted punt by the Beacons. A mishandle of the snap resulted in a safety by Sean Hurley.
The Eagles attempted a punt, that was bobbled, but Dieuvenel Tanis took the bobbled punt and ran for a 30-yard first down. A couple of strong runs later, Juslin Jean Baptist broke numerous tackles for a 40-yard TD run.
In the second half the Eagles defense, led by Mack Bornebus, Sean McMullen, and Dieuvenel Tanis, led to a punt from the Beacons. After another change of possession the Eagles started another drive. Strong blocking by Kurt Endres and Trevor Dye led to a touchdown by Dieuvenel Tanis. The conversion kick by Nick Ruiz, split the uprights. The Eagles pounded the ball down the field, culminating in a touchdown run by Jared Jackson.
The Eagles staff would like to thank the First Baptist Beacons for hosting last weekend’s games on their incredible new field. The Eagles will be at Community School of Naples on Saturday. For schedules and game times, visit MarcoEagles.com.