The Marco Island Charter Middle School took another step closer to having a football team with tryouts on Thursday at the school.
While Principal George Abounader has not made it official, Roger Raymond, athletic director, bought footballs for the workout and the potential head coach Mike Vanderjagt led his coaches in running various drills with more than 30 interested players.
The next tryouts are scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, at the new site for football and soccer on school grounds.
Assistant coaches, Chris Burt, offensive line, Scott Gibbs, defensive backs and Jim Young, offensive backs, helped with various drills.
Vanderjagt has scheduled a “chalk talk” in Orlando with his former NFL football coach Tony Dungey on May. 16.
Initially, 50 boys and 20 girls claimed interest in football. Vanderjagt said some kids were not there because of other school activities. A number of the kids who have shown interest have experienced football through the Optimist football Eagles program.
Vanderjagt thinks he can field a winning football team.