LaBelle Cowboys ride over Charter School Eagles

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Marco Eagles Will Hurst leads the way for Tyler Gresham as he grinds out yards. Gresham scored all three touchdowns in the Eagles first loss of the season at LaBelle, 26-22, on Thursday.

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Cindy Pierce/Submitted photos (4) Marco Eagles Will Hurst leads the way for Tyler Gresham as he grinds out yards. Gresham scored all three touchdowns in the Eagles first loss of the season at LaBelle, 26-22, on Thursday.

Eagles running back Will Hurst is about to be sandwiched between two LaBelle Broncos.

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Eagles running back Will Hurst is about to be sandwiched between two LaBelle Broncos.

The Eagles Elijah Beauplan makes the tackle but other Eagles were ready if help was needed in Marco's loss to LaBelle.

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The Eagles Elijah Beauplan makes the tackle but other Eagles were ready if help was needed in Marco's loss to LaBelle.

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 With the offensive line moving the defense, Eagles quarterback Jay Vanderjagt is about to hand off to Will Hurst. The Eagles suffered their first loss at LaBelle, 26-22, on Thursday.

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Cindy Pierce/Submitted With the offensive line moving the defense, Eagles quarterback Jay Vanderjagt is about to hand off to Will Hurst. The Eagles suffered their first loss at LaBelle, 26-22, on Thursday.

Cindy Pierce/SubmittedThe Eagles Bon Deese makes a shirt tackle in Marco's loss to LaBelle, 26-22, on Thursday.

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Cindy Pierce/SubmittedThe Eagles Bon Deese makes a shirt tackle in Marco's loss to LaBelle, 26-22, on Thursday.

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 The Marco Eagles Elijah Beauplan wasn't the only Eagles player that looked at the back of LaBelle's Michael Lopez in the Cowboys win of the Eagles. 26-22 on Thursday at LaBelle. He scored on runs of 90, 60, 60 and had a 95-yard kickoff return for touchdown.

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Cindy Pierce/Submitted The Marco Eagles Elijah Beauplan wasn't the only Eagles player that looked at the back of LaBelle's Michael Lopez in the Cowboys win of the Eagles. 26-22 on Thursday at LaBelle. He scored on runs of 90, 60, 60 and had a 95-yard kickoff return for touchdown.

The Eagles Tyler Gresham breaks a tackle on one of his three touchdowns in the team's 26-22 loss to LaBelle on Thursday.

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The Eagles Tyler Gresham breaks a tackle on one of his three touchdowns in the team's 26-22 loss to LaBelle on Thursday.

The LaBelle Broncos rode their home range, using big plays to down the Marco Island Charter Middle School Eagles, 26-22 on Thursday.

In what Charter coach Mike Vanderjagt called the "mud bowl," the Eagles held LaBelle most of the game, but huge runs and one pass play made a difference.

It marked the first loss of the season to go with four wins for the Eagles.

The Broncos Michael Lopez wore number one on his back and he sure was all that in the game.

He scored on runs of 90, 60 and 60 yards, a 95-yard kickoff return and threw the ball on a 60-yard pass play for a score, with no time left in the first half. It was the Broncos only pass.

Vanderjagt said rain there had made it difficult to mix the passing game with the run for the Eagles. His son Jay threw just five passes, completing three for only 23 yards.

"We like to be around 50-50 on run and pass, but it wasn't possible with the wet conditions," Mike Vanderjagt said.

He said the Eagles offense moved the ball, but a few miscues, some involving a wet ball, hurt.

With Tyler Gresham and Will Hurst leading the rushing game, the Eagles totaled 203 yards on the ground. Gresham scored all three touchdowns. The Eagles were successful on two of three two-point conversions.

The home game Thursday at 6 p.m. may be canceled. The Eagles are to play Southwest Florida Christian Academy, but one of its players was struck by lightning at the start of practice last week. He was taken to a Tampa hospital where he passed away over the weekend.

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