Prep football: Marco Academy no match for Imagine School

Roger LaLonde Staff
Marco Academy's Jared Jackson eludes a tackler to gain yardage in his team's 42-6 loss at home to Imagine School on Friday night.

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Roger LaLonde Staff Marco Academy's Jared Jackson eludes a tackler to gain yardage in his team's 42-6 loss at home to Imagine School on Friday night.


IS 7 8 6 21 — 42

MIA 0 0 0 6 — 6


First quarter

IS — Stevens 43 run (Anderson kick), 6:31

Second quarter

IS — Mack 6 run (Thomas pass from Stevens), 5:59

Third quarter

IS — Thomas 7 pass from Stevens (kick failed), 5:46

Fourth quarter

IS — Lamb 15 fumble return (Bennetsen kick), 10:57

MIA — Servente 60 pass from Carlisle (run failed), 9:44

IS — Stevens 7 run (Bennetsen kick), 6:01

IS — Pinkney 1 run (Bennetsen kick) 1:28

— In a very sloppy football game, Imagine School of North Port downed host Marco Island Academy 42-6 on Friday night.

Imagine School fumbled 11 times, losing four and throwing one interceptions. Marco Island Academy fumbled five times, lost three and threw two interceptions.

“We prepared well but we made to many mental mistakes,” MIA coach Andy Delgado said. “Overall, it was an average effort. I’m not happy, but we will get better.”

Imagine quarterback Anthony Stevens carried 21 times for 210 yards. He rushed for two touchdown and threw for another.

Peter Servente scored the Manta Rays’ first varsity touchdown, completing a 60-yard pass play from Reeves Carlisle with 9:44 left in the final quarter. The score was set up by a 30-yard kickoff return by Noel Cabrera.

Elijah Mack and Anthony Stevens had first-half touchdowns to stake the Sharks to a 15-0 lead at the break. Stevens scored on a 43-yard run in the first quarter, and Mack had a 6-yard run with 5:59 before intermission.

By halftime, Imagine had eight fumbles, losing three.

In the third quarter the Manta Rays made a huge stop on downs at their own 17. On the next play Nick Dotson fumbled with the Sharks recovering at the 12-yard line. Stevens passed to Stanley Thomas for the touchdown and the point-after made it 21-0.

Academy got on the board with 9:44 in the fourth quarter, but that was all.

The Sharks’ Rodney Lamb scooped up a fumble and ran 15 yards for a score shortly after and the Sharks scored twice more to close out the game.

Michael Prada had two interceptions for the Sharks, while Alex Excel had an interception for the Manta Rays.

The Sharks total 374 yards, including 351 on the ground. The Manta Rays had 35 yards rushing on 27 carries and 70 yards passing on two completions.

The Academy hosts Deerfield Beach-Zion next Friday night.

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Vulcan writes:

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EAGLEPALOOZA stated that MIA could not beat a “bad” Junior Varsity team. MIA’s played St. John Neumann’s JV team two weeks ago and St. John Neumann pulled several players from their Varsity squad down for the game against MIA. EAGLEPALOOZA must have missed the Neumann game? The final score was within a few points. MAXPREPS, which rates high school sports programs nationwide ranks St. John Neumann as number 14 in the state in division 2A. Saint John Neumann has consistently maintained a strong football program. In two years MIA will field juniors and seniors that will have the opportunity to play St. John Neumann in the “NEXT LEVEL” Varsity football game. Based on your prediction the game will not come to fruition. EAGLEPALOOZA post from November 15, 2011 stated: “This school wont even be in existence in 2 years. The principal bailed out after only 3 months and there are a lot of problems with regard to discipline. They are getting a reputation of dysfunctionality not world class as promised. I will be surprised if they have 100 kids next year. This school needs to focus on education and not football.” Our president also made a bold prediction by stating; “if I cannot turn around the economy in three years I do not deserve to be reelected”. I feel certain that like the president you too will still be around two years after your gross miscalculation. I would welcome the opportunity to sit next to you in 2014 when MIA and St. John Neumann meet for their first equally matched varsity football game.

Vulcan writes:

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EAGLEPALOOZA post from January 27, 2012 stated: “A school that has 80 students and 20 potential football players has no sense forming a football program. This school since day one has lacked sound direction both academically and athletically. Any solid athlete will be wasting their prime high school years playing there. If you have a child that wants to become a student athlete and play in a "real" sports environment than Lely is the only choice for the Marco Island resident.” The level of discipline at MIA is zero tolerance for behavior that is disruptive in the class room. The quarterback that started for MIA against St. John Neumann game was benched for the first three quarters for not adhering to the MIA discipline code and the student athlete has a 3.5 grade point average. I applaud MIA’s football coaches, principal and teachers for instilling discipline in the classroom and question would the other high school you suggested the MIA athletes attend sit a starter on the bench for talking out in class? The new starting quarterback for the game did a phenomenal job stepping up with only a few days to prepare. The coach and principal allowed the quarterback from the St. John Neumann game to return in the fourth quarter and his first play from the line of scrimmage was a 60 yard touchdown pass. It is my understanding that the student athlete accepts he has to earn his position back as a starter by his actions in the classroom which he now realizes are more important than as his performance on the field. The fact that you misspelled several words in your previous posts served as an explanatory of why EAGLEPALOOZA has no meaning. In your glory days you must have been a boxer “The EAGLE” and obviously had one too many rope-a-dopes. You must not have been successful because you became known as a palooka which is an epithet for an easily beaten athlete. The name is used primarily towards boxers who lacked physical intelligence and coordination. The correct spelling of your name is “EAGLEPALOOKA” not “EAGLEPALOOZA”. If you need assistance updating your profile with the paper simply reach out and I will help facilitate but remember when doing so always maintain your gloves upward to protect your head from further brain damage!

waterday writes:

A new team with many kids that have never played football before joining the team. The MIA team did an outstanding job. The score did not reflect how well this team played. The boys managed to hold Imagine to one touchdown a quarter, until the very end. Although it may not sound like much to the readers, it was impressive as these kids are young, and playing on a varsity team, with three juniors. The juniors stepped up and did a remarkable job, also. The juniors are playing positions they have never played, as they are required to step up. The last quarter this young team was simply out of steam. Imagine scored as many touchdowns in the last quarter as they did the entire game. Three additional. The kids do not have a weight room, no strength training and are learning as they play more experienced varsity teams. I am very proud of these kids, and I predict many wins for the remarkable coaching staff and kids that play with heart and dedication. Our child is at this school, I can not speak for the first year, but this year the school is organized and on target with excellent teachers and an outstanding principal. We are proud to support MIA. Any parent that is a hater should be a shame. Let parents and kids have real choices. This team will win many games in the future. Dedication of the students and coaches will bring success. The score was respectable and held respectable until the last quarter. As commented in post above, there were many finals with 0. MIA was on the board with one touchdown. This team is getting better every week, and stronger. It is very difficult for these kids, all of them, including the juniors.. to have the energy in the last quarter to keep the momentum. Time and work, will bring it.

cribguy writes:

Video highlights from the game.

RayPray writes:

Forget the brain damage for these World Class scholars!

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