Prep football: Marco Island Academy dominates Oasis in spring game

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The Marco Island Academy defense , in blue, controlled the game as the Manta Rays downed Oasis Charter, 35-7 in its spring game.

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Roger LaLonde Staff The Marco Island Academy defense , in blue, controlled the game as the Manta Rays downed Oasis Charter, 35-7 in its spring game.

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Marco Academy's Anton Mertens, soccer player turned kicker, connects on one of five extra points in the Manta Rays 35-7 win over Oasis Charter on Thursday night.

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Roger LaLonde Staff Marco Academy's Anton Mertens, soccer player turned kicker, connects on one of five extra points in the Manta Rays 35-7 win over Oasis Charter on Thursday night.

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Marco Academy football coach Andy Delgado emphatically makes his point to the offense during a time out in the Manta Rays 35-7 win over Oasis Charter on Thursday night.

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Roger LaLonde Staff Marco Academy football coach Andy Delgado emphatically makes his point to the offense during a time out in the Manta Rays 35-7 win over Oasis Charter on Thursday night.

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Marco Academy's Cole Stretton eyes a defender as he moves down field for an 18-yard gain in the Manta Rays 37-5 win over Oasis Charter on Thursday night. In his first game for the Manta Rays, Stretton added immensely  to the running game, along with teammate Jared Jackson, to dominate Oasis.

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Roger LaLonde Staff Marco Academy's Cole Stretton eyes a defender as he moves down field for an 18-yard gain in the Manta Rays 37-5 win over Oasis Charter on Thursday night. In his first game for the Manta Rays, Stretton added immensely to the running game, along with teammate Jared Jackson, to dominate Oasis.

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Marco Academy's Jared Jackson drags an Oasis Charter defender into the end zone as he celebrates his first of three touchdowns in the Manta Ray's win over Oasis Charter, 35-7,  on Thursday night.

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Roger LaLonde Staff Marco Academy's Jared Jackson drags an Oasis Charter defender into the end zone as he celebrates his first of three touchdowns in the Manta Ray's win over Oasis Charter, 35-7, on Thursday night.

Thursday, May 16

First Baptist 48, Bishop Verot 0

Friday, May 17

Riverdale 24, Estero 6

Immokalee 14, Cape Coral 7 (jamboree)

Immokalee 34, East Lee 8 (jamboree)

Thursday, May 23

Naples 42, Ida Baker 35

South Fort Myers 42, Barron Collier 13

Palmetto Ridge 28, Pembroke Pines Charter 0

Friday, May 24

Golden Gate 28, Mariner 14

Gulf Coast 13, LaBelle 0

St. John Neumann 49, Imagine School-North Port 24

Bradenton-Lakewood Ranch 21, Lely 0

Thursday, May 30

Marco Island 35, Oasis 7

CAPE CORAL — Marco Island Academy’s spring game was a far cry from a 55-0 loss it suffered at the hands of Oasis Charter in their first-ever football game last August.

“We paid our dues,” coach Andy Delgado said of last season’s 2-8 record in a mixed schedule of JV and varsity games.

Thursday night, the Manta Rays beat Oasis, 35-7. The game marked MIA’s first win on the field against a varsity team. Last season, the Manta Rays won one varsity game by forfeit.

Marco Island Academy dominated in every aspect of the game.

Jared Jackson and Cole Stretton split quarterback and running back chores, with each producing 50-yard touchdowns. Jackson rolled over the defense, while Stretton cut and spun away from defenders.

Adam Lowery’s defense dominated on the line, with tackle Colby Jones controlling the middle. Jackson intercepted two passes, one for a touchdown.

Oasis Charter scored first, capping a 60-yard drive on a 2-yard quarterback sneak by Pierson Wicker.

From that time on, it was all Marco Island Academy.

In the next offensive series the Manta Rays moved down the field on runs. Stretton ran for 37 yards and Jackson ran for 41, taking the ball into the end zone from 12 yards out.

Jackson tallied three touchdowns and Stretton one, while Nick Dotson charged in for the final score from 8 yards out.

Anton Mertens, a soccer player turned kicker, made good on all five extra points.

The teams will meet again in the fall as Oasis Charter travels to Marco island for the team’ opening game of the season.

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cribguy writes:

Highlights from the game.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XK2ZN6...

RayPray writes:

in response to cribguy:

Highlights from the game.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XK2ZN6...

Get those lazy guys movin!!

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-204_162-5...

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