Egales ready to fly in first home game

The Marco Island Eagles swarmed Southwest Florida Christian Academy for its second straight win, 33-7, on Thursday.

The Eagles nest at home at Winterberry Park, hosting Evangelical Christian of Fort Myers at 6 p.m. on Thursday.

It will be their first home game as the Charter School’s first-ever football team.

While coach Mike Vanderjagt wasn’t completely impressed with his team, the Eagles swooped quickly to a 27-0 half time lead.

“We didn’t play our best football,” he said. “We have high expectations as a coaching staff and we didn’t play up to our expectations.”

Patrick Michel continued his high level of running performance with 176 yards rushing on only 9 carries, scoring two touchdowns.

Vanderjagt praised the defense, saying, “Defensively we didn’t allow an offensive score, which included a goal line stand to end the first half.”

The Eagles special team play gave up some big yardage in the team’s first win, but stepped up big in encounter number two, taking away any chance for the SFCA squad to gain good field position off of kicking situations.

It was a good win and the coaches are happy for that, but feel better play is yet to come as the season continues. The first football game on Marco Island in the school’s history should bring a huge crowd. Everyone is asked to dress in black in support of the Eagles. Coach Vanderjagt wants your support for the team and school as the Marco Island spirit erupts on this historic night.

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