Although the Destin Marlins didn’t post a victory on the gridiron in a middle school jamboree Thursday evening, the Destin coach is happy with the team’s performance.
“The first half we played a team that was very physical and big and they have some experience,” said Destin Coach Mark Hinterthan. “So I was very proud of our guys on defense … flying around and playing good defense.
“We executed a lot of plays well and had one come back. But we were in that game, so that was encouraging,” he added.
Destin was one of three teams participating in the jamboree played at Freeport Middle School. Each team played the other teams for two 10 minute quarters. First up was the Destin Marlins against the Marianna Bullpups. Marianna won 14-0.
Marianna scored on its first series. Marquis Patterson-Rhodes broke loose for a 64-yard run then scored on the next play on a 1-yard plunge.
Marianna struck again on a 21-yard run by Kyier Smith.
In the second quarter, Destin put together a 70-yard drive but had a touchdown called back on a penalty. Jack Tenholder carried the ball three times picking up a total of 17 yards. Tabious Thompson had a catch from Dylan Matekovich for a gain of 31 yards. With just seconds left on the clock, Tenholder broke loose for a 19-yard touchdown run, but it was called back on a penalty.
Up next, Marianna took on Freeport, again taking the win, 28-0.
The final matchup was Destin vs. Freeport with the 20 minutes of play ending in a 7-7 tie.
“The second half we looked like we played a little tired,” Hinterthan said of the Freeport matchup.
“The defense didn’t quite run as well. We didn’t execute as well. We were thinking more than we were playing … some of our youth showed.”
Destin scored first. Harrison Orr connected with Maddax Fayard on the first play for an 11-yard gain. Two plays later, Orr hit Fayard again, this time for a gain of 22-yard gain. Fayard carried the ball for a 9-yard gain down to the 16-yard line. Two plays later, Ethan Davis ran up the middle for a 3-yard TD.
At the start of second quarter, Freeport scored on their first play from scrimmage. Peyton Kruger found a wide-open Robbie Durgan on the right side, who took it down the field for a 70-yard score.
Late in the quarter, Destin was on the move until Freeport’s Ashton Nunes picked off a Marlin pass. However, the Destin defense managed to hold them out of the end zone for a tie game.
“I’m real happy with these guys,” Hinterthan said. “This is what a jamboree is all about. We’re going to correct what we missed and be ready to go next week.
“I’m real excited about these guys,” he added.
Destin will be on the road Thursday for a 6:30 p.m. game against the Ruckel Rams at Niceville High.