Enthusiasm drives Charter spring football practice

“I Right, 36 Belly, Tight End Drag.”

Of course it is a football play, what else could it be?

Play calling was part of the spring practice for the Marco Island Charter Middle School football team.

They practiced for a week, getting fundamentals down, learning a few plays, some conditioning exercises, all to help them for when the football practices begin in August for the fall season.

The Eagles already have a reputation to maintain after going 7-1 in its first season in 2011.

Coaches Scott Gibbs and Chris Burt worked with some 30 kids, with 12 returnees from last season.

The first team was loaded with talent, most of it graduating, but that doesn’t stop Gibbs from being enthusiastic.

“We expect to have good kids at the talent positions (quarterback, runners, receivers) and we’ll be bigger and better up front,” he said. “Our offensive and defensive lines will make a difference.”

Seventh grader Emmanuelle Meurgue was on the field, punting and kicking field goals. Soccer teammate Riley Burke was doing the same.

“I’ll be proud if I make the team,” Meurgue said. “My friends told me that I wouldn’t make the team so why try.”

She hopes to prove them wrong.

“It’s different than a year ago when we didn’t know what we had,” Gibbs said. Particularly running back Patrick Michel. “No. 21 was awesome.”

With returnees and new kids that have talent, Gibbs thinks the Eagles can develop into a good football team.

“Spring practice gets us in the swing of things,” he said. “We want to build off our success.”

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