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Prep football: Marco Island Academy picks up equipment

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Thunder and lightning couldn't dampen the spirits of the Marco Island Academy Charter High School's first football practice.  Freshman Jonatan Kriqi sports the school's first football uniform. Kriqi, a standout on the Marco Island Charter Middle School football team, looks forward to playing, with his goal to be seen and earn a college scholarship.

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Roger LaLonde Staff Thunder and lightning couldn't dampen the spirits of the Marco Island Academy Charter High School's first football practice. Freshman Jonatan Kriqi sports the school's first football uniform. Kriqi, a standout on the Marco Island Charter Middle School football team, looks forward to playing, with his goal to be seen and earn a college scholarship.

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Getting ready to deliver helmets to football teammates, from left, Noel Cabrera, Jonatan Kriqi and Andy Delgado Jr. The Marco Island Academy, in its second year, will field its first football team this season.
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The home and away football jerseys for the Marco Island Academy's first high school football team.
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Andy Delgado, center, Marco Island Academy's first head football coach, with assistants Chris Burt and Eddie Kirst.
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Right out of its packaging is a pair of football shoulder pads to be worn by the first Marco Island Academy football team. The Manta Rays opened its first season on Monday by receiving their uniforms as inclement weather shortened practice.
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Sophomore Reese Carlisle proudly shows his Marco Island Academy football jersey he will wear as he becomes the school's first quarterback. The Academy, in its second year, will play 10 football games in the Manta Rays first season.
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Amid boxes of brand new football equipment, sophomore Peter Servente tries on his football helmet. The Marco Island Academy, in its second year, will have its first football team, but firsts are not unusual for Servente. In the school's first year Servent competed on the cross country, basketball and baseball teams.
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Thunder and lightning couldn't dampen the spirits of the Marco Island Academy Charter High School's first football practice.  Freshman Jonatan Kriqi sports the school's first football uniform. Kriqi, a standout on the Marco Island Charter Middle School football team, looks forward to playing, with his goal to be seen and earn a college scholarship.

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