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Marco Island Academy begins first football season:Manta Rays to test its sting

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Running back Jonatan Kriqi breaks a tackle during a Marco Island Academy practice. Kriqi will be  used as a running and defensive back in the first-year team's preseason game at Bradenton on Frioday.

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Running back Jonatan Kriqi breaks a tackle during a Marco Island Academy practice. Kriqi will be used as a running and defensive back in the first-year team's preseason game at Bradenton on Frioday.

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  • Quarterback Reese Carlisle (center back) calls a play, lined up with runnings backs, Noel Cabrera, left and Jonatan Kriqi during a Marco Island Academy football practice.
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 Special teams coach Eddie Kirst discusses a play with Paul Reisinger, a defensive back, during Marco Island Academy football practice.
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 On an option play, running back Noel Cabrera passes downfield during a Marco Island Academy practice on Friday. Cabrera's is an all-purpose player who will play on both sides of the ball in the Manta Rays preseason game at Bradenton on Friday.
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Running back Jonatan Kriqi breaks a tackle during a Marco Island Academy practice. Kriqi will be  used as a running and defensive back in the first-year team's preseason game at Bradenton on Frioday.
  • Andy Delgado, Marco Island Academy head football coach, in a bit of a fire and brimstone talk, extols taking care of the football during practice on Friday. He urged players to make the football their friend. To pick up a football at home, toss it around with friends. The first-year team plays a preseason game at Bradenton on Friday night.
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 With good blocking, quarterback Reese Carlisle gets to stand in the pocket on a pass play in a Marco Island Academy practice.
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 Tight end Andy Delgado (44) tries for a catch, but the ball tips to the defender in a Marco Island Academy practice. The first-year team travels to Bradenton for a preseason game.

Wows, and a feeling of pride, were emotions obvious on Monday when the first Marco Island Academy football team tried on their uniforms.

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