Friday, January 28, 2022

Marco ‘Punt Pass Kick’ going to regionals!

Trevor Dye. Photo by Val Simon

Trevor Dye. Photo by Val Simon

by Amber Prange

Congratulations, and “Good Luck!” from Coastal Breeze News to the more than 45 young athletes of Marco Island who participated in the nationwide NFL Punt, Pass & Kick competition hosted by the City of Marco Island’s Parks and Recreation Department on September 27 at Mackle Park.

This was the City’s fifth year hosting the Punt Pass & Kick competition. The NFL Punt, Pass & Kick football competition allows young athletes to showcase their talents in the skills of punting, passing and kicking. Their scores are based on distance and accuracy and the highest cumulative score for one punt, one pass, and one kick determines the winner in each age group.

The winners of this year’s Marco Island Competition are:

  • Girls 8-9 Years Old: Sierra Prange with a total score of 58.3
  • Boys 6-7 Years Old: Declan Keefe with a total score of 37.10
  • Boys 8-9 Years Old: Jason Lang with a total score of 155.10
  • Boys 10-11 Years Old: Jay Vanderjagt with a total score of 257.2
  • Boys 12-13 Years Old: Cody Young with a total score of 315.3
  • Boys 14-15 Years Old: Greg Trzyna with a total score of 340.1

These six winners will now move on to a Sectional Competition to be held at the Miami Dolphins’ Training Facility in Davie, Florida on Saturday, October 16 at 3:00 p.m. Their performance at the Sectional Competition could qualify them for the Team Championship competition to be held at Sun Life Stadium on December 5.

The Parks and Recreation Department would like to thank all of the young athletes and their parents who came out to compete this year, some of whom traveled from Naples. The Department would also like to thank the Optimist Club of Marco Island Eagles Youth Football Program and a Special thanks to the Marco Island Senior Softball League who acted as the “Field Crew” spotting and measuring up the event.

For more information about this program, contact Alex Galiana at Mackle Park 389-5196.

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