Marco Academy, Lely looking for big wins

Marco Academy, Lely looking for big wins

Marco Island Academy and Lely football teams are looking for big wins tonight.

In just its second season, MIA can go a long way in gaining respect and support with a win over Community School of Naples.

Lely can go 2-1 on the season with a win over North Port. That’s rarefied air for a program that has won only 6 games in the past three years.

MIA opened the season with an expected blowout of Oasis Charter, while Community School also had an expected win over Imagine School. The Seahawks are in their fourth season.

Lely will be going up against an angry North Port after it lost on a last-second field goal in their season opener.

Community School is wary of the Manta Rays. Jared Jackson and Cole Stretton on offense and Colby Jones on defense.

“We need to be consistent on defense to control the line of scrimmage,” Community School coach Damon Jones said. “We also want to mix it up on offense to keep them on their heals.”

In the win over Imagine School, Seahwaks quarterback Drew Tomani threw to six different receivers, resulting in three touchdowns.

Experience gives the edge to Community School.

The senior-laden Seahawks has the edge in experience as 80 percent of the Manta Rays’ team is sophomores.

However, Manta Rays sophomores were key players in the Academy win.

Stretton ran for 110 yards and two touchdowns. Colin McMullin scored on a school record 85-yard touchdown pass and took an interception 85 yards for another score. Jonatan Kriqi recovered two fumbles and Alex Excell caught two touchdown passes.

Senior quarterback Jared Jackson, who threw for nearly 300 yards, is the leader of the team.

Rays coach Andrew Delgado says winning on defense will be key.

“We have to pressure their quarterback as they have big threats in the passing game,” Delgado said. “What we might lack in size we pick up in speed and tenacity on defense.”

Lely comes off and old-fashioned, smash-mouth beating, 48-10, last week against Clearwater Central Catholic.

“The team saw what it takes to be a top team,” Lely coach Culmer St. Jean said of Clearwater, ranked No. 1 in the state for Class 3A. “We have to be more efficient on offense and have solid play out of our defensive secondary.”

Quarterbacks Karbiel Dirogene and Cody Young will again switch off.

“On offense we will try to mix it up and whoever (quarterback) has the hot hand we’ll go with.”

William Huthman, North Port coach, said, “Lely has a physical front seven on both sides of the ball. They have a good, solid front line (on offense) and a big quarterback (Dirogene). Our defensive line needs to apply pressure and move to ball.”

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