PHOTO GALLERY: Eagles teams battled in season openers

The Marco Eagles opened their football season winning one game while losing two to the First Baptist Beacons.

Here are the coaches reports:

Pee Wee Eagles

Coach Eddie Webb

The Pee Wee Eagles home opener Saturday was the first chance to see how the rebuilding year is going. The Eagles had a tough game, losing, 20-0.

It was a rocky start on offense, with bad snaps and blown plays. The Eagles team made adjustments throughout the game on offense and defense. Quarterbacks Will Glasser and Bryce Ehlen both made several good runs before being stopped by the Beacons defense.

On the Eagles defense Tyler Toth made several great tackles while trying to hold the Beacons from scoring. Stuart Endres, one of the game’s captains, continued his on-field leadership with tackles and guidance of our younger players. The big hitter of the game was Andrew Sprankle, an offensive running back who was substituted to defense. He ended up as game MVP with tackles and sacks that were more like freight train collisions than tackles.

Cody Webb, an offensive receiver, was also credited with a backfield tackle after being substituted to defense. While the final score was in the favor of First Baptist, all the Eagle players and coaches did a great job.

Junior Eagles

Coach Mike Snyder

Right from the start the Junior Eagles took the lead and never looked back, winning 28-7.

On the first play of the game running back Tyler Wallace scored one of this two touchdowns on a 45-yard jaunt. Cole Stretton ran for a 35-yard score and Cole Dudley added a 5-yard touchdown.

Our offensive front line was awesome, making some big holes for our backs. They also had just two holding calls for the entire game.

The defense stepped up, playing tough and making big plays to force fourth downs ad First Baptist having to give up the ball.

Coach Pete Calcagnini’s special teams was awesome, giving our offense good field position.

Coach Hector Diaz did a great job in getting the defense ready and the players did a great job.

Overall leaders in the game were Stretton, Dudley, Wallace, Alex Thomas and Nick Tramazzo.

Senior Eagles

Coach Doug Dye

The Eagles were nipped by the Beacons, 16-7. Though the score didn’t show it, I feel we had a victory. I am proud of our team.

This a young team of 19 players, with only one returning from last year’s seniors team. Our team showed a lot of heart.

Our strong offense allowed Patrick Michel to run the ball for over 100 yards. Logan Rios also stepped up, going in as quarterback due to an in jury to Austin Knoll. Logan had 40 yards rushing and we saw great potential in our offense where improvement is necessary.

Our defensive line held tough, with Logan Rios accounting for 8 tackles, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble and 1 fumble recovery. Cameron Robau made 5 tackles, 1 sack, 2 assists and a fumble recovery. Patrick Michel also had an interception and a 20-yard return. The team did a good job in the red (scoring) zone against First Baptist, causing turnovers, with Conner Work and Vincent Whirl having fumble recoveries.

They are a great group of kids and represent the best of Marco Island. We believe our greatest adversary is our low number of players and the heat as we play our games at noon. We invite youngsters 8 to 14 to join us. For more information call 642-0690.

The teams travel to First Baptist on Saturday. The Pee Wee team plays at 8 a.m., Juniors at 10 and Seniors at 1 p.m.

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Brisla writes:

Congrats to Jordan Barrett of the Junior Eagles, who scored 8 points by going 4-for-4 on extra points. He also nailed 5 long kick-offs and intercepted a pass. Great job, Jordan!

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