Rays on short end of 52-12 score

Chery Dinel runs for the Rays and daylight. Marco Island Academy celebrated its first homecoming with a senior class on Friday evening.  Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

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Chery Dinel runs for the Rays and daylight. Marco Island Academy celebrated its first homecoming with a senior class on Friday evening. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

— Evangelical Christian coasted to a 52-12 victory over Marco Island Academy, but MIA coach Andy Delgado was elated to see several positives on the field.

“Most of our kids would be playing freshman or JV ball if they were anywhere else, but they’re stepping up and playing better and better every week,” Delgado said. “Our offensive line — which has one freshman and the rest sophomores — is really coming around and getting the job done.”

Sophomore quarterback Cole Stretton threw for nearly 200 yards and hooked up with senior Alex Excell for two touchdown passes.

Delgado said his team strung together three long drives and played a strong second half.

“We’re making a lot of strides and seeing a lot of positive signs,” Delgado said. “We’re so young that we shouldn’t really be judged until our third or fourth year.”

The Rays fell to 1-6 while Evangelical improved to 4-4.

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