PHOTOGALLERY: Optimist Eagles suffer playoff losses

The Marco Island Optimist Club football teams fell in playoff games to First Baptist teams.

The Pee Wee Eagles lost 20-6, while the Junior Eagles were edged, 6-0.

Here are coaches’ reports:

Eddie Webb, Pee Wee Coach

After a win, the Pee Wee Eagles were brought back to the ground by the No. 1 ranked team of First Baptist in the second playoff game of the season. The First Baptist team held the young Eagles out of the end zone for most of the game and were able to score almost at will.

The Eagles players all did a great job, it was just not our day. Several of the players had a few great plays, but overall it was not enough to give us a win this week.

It would have been nice to play for the first place spot, but after getting off to a rough start this season getting the chance to play for third, or fourth, is still really good.

The final Pee Wee Eagles game of the season was Thursday night, against another First Baptist team.

Jim Prange, Junior Coach

The Junior Eagles usually start and end each game with a prayer. Saturday afternoon the prayers started early as Jake Warren laid on the field, motionless from a vicious collision between him and an opposing First Baptist Beacon runner.

Jake was taken off the field on a stretcher. Thankfully, CAT scans and x-rays came back OK.

Once again the Junior Eagles battled all game and came up a little short, losing 6-0 in the playoff game. We started the game with 14 players and ended with 11.

The Eagle offense was inspired by Will Glasser, Jay Vanderjagt, Luka Delcompare, Travis Wilmath and Logan Gross. They came close to scoring on a couple drives, only to lose the ball on turnovers.

Our defense was awesome, led by Kodie Dean, JR Pierce, Howie Jordan, Sean Hennel, Warren, Yemerson and Andrew Sprankle. Jackson O’Shea and Shane Kelly were the big men on the line. Ethan Gordon — out with a broken collarbone — was an honorary captain.

The Junior Eagles play another First Baptist team in its final game at 8 a.m. Saturday.

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