Marco Eagles overpower FBA, 32-0

Marco Eagles overpower FBA, 32-0

The Marco Island Charter Middle School football was firing on all cylinders as the Eagles machine overpowered First Baptist Academy 32-0 on Thursday at FBA.

Quarterback Jay Vanderjagt threw for 178 yards, including a touchdown and was on the reception end of a 21-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Gresham. The 199 total passing yards set a school record.

Gresham accounted for three rushing touchdowns and a pass reception TD as First Baptist didn't have an answer for the Eagles high-powered offense.

First Baptist, led by Blaine Briggs and Joe Sporacio, did mount some good drives, but the Eagles defense slammed the door when the Beacons got into scoring position.

One drive got First Baptist down to the 32-yard line, but tackles by Bon Deese and Gresham sent the ball back 10 yards.

First Baptist's Julio Doria had a 38-yard kickoff return and 20-yard punt return to help give FBA good field position.

FBA moved the ball to the Eagles 19 yard line, but a would-be touchdown pass was dropped in the end zone. The end result was a stalled drive, with the Eagles taking over on their own 20.

For the game, FBA had 74 yards of total offense.

For the 6-1 Eagles Will Glasser contributed with four catches for 73 yards. Glasser and Will Hurst were recognized by coach Mike Vanderjagt for their play on offense and defense.

"Our second-team players, Sean Hennel, Ricky Romanowksi, JR Pierce, Andrew Buhelos, Brandon Garcia and Andrew Sprankle also played well," he said.

Vanderjagt urges fans to attend the team's final home game against Evangelical Christian of Fort Myers at 6 p.m., Thursday.

"It will be Senior Night for the team and we are hoping it is a blackout," Vanderjagt said. "We'd like to see everyone wearing black (part of the team colors)."

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