Marlins falter in middle school jamboree

Tina Harbuck

It was a tough go for the Destin Marlins Thursday night as they lost both halves in a middle school football jamboree played at Crestview High School.

“We just didn’t play with enthusiasm,” said Destin Coach Mark Hinterthan. “We just don’t know how to come out and go full speed … play with some excitement and make it a game.

“This is a game we should be excited about playing," he added. "But we were flat. We just didn’t bring it.”

Destin went head-to-head with the Davidson Panthers first and lost 22-6 in a 12 minute half.

Davidson scored twice before Destin’s offense ever got to touch the ball.

But when the Marlins got a chance at offense, quarterback Harrison Orr connected with Maddax Fayard for an 80-yard catch and run for the TD.

However, that was the only touchdown of the night for Destin.

In the second half, Destin went up against the Shoal River Mustangs and lost 18-0.

“We’ve got a lot of young guys and this was their first taste under the lights,” Hinterthan said.

Destin will kick off its regular season at home at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 22 against the Ruckel Rams of Niceville.