ENGLEWOOD — The Lemon Bay High School junior varsity football team came through with its best effort of the season Thursday, defeating visiting Charlotte, 6-0.

Lemon Bay, now 2-3, avenged a 35-0 loss to the Tarpons Aug. 30. Austin Andrle scored the game’s only touchdown on a short run in the first half. His score concluded a long drive.

“We ran the ball up and down the field all game,” said Manta Rays coach Joe Marinola. “The first time we played Charlotte, we had six starters out with injuries. Now, we’re healthy and that made a difference.”

Freshman Jackson Benedict was a star on defense, getting four quarterback sacks for the Manta Rays. Benedict was a standout player last year for the L.A. Ainger Middle School boys basketball team. The winners prevented the Tarpons from establishing sustained drives.

This Thursday, the Manta Rays junior varsity will host DeSoto County High School at 7 p.m. They have their final regularly scheduled game Oct. 18 against visiting North Port. Winning their last two games would give them a winning season.

Lemon Bay’s varsity, which won its first game 26-3 over Estero on Friday, will host Southeast at 7:30 p.m. Friday in a district game.

Flag football

The Under Armour Englewood flag football season will begin Nov. 30 at Larry Nichol Field at Ann Dever Memorial Regional Park on San Casa Drive. Practices are held on the days the games are played. This will be the second season for the organization. The season will last from November to February with a break for the holidays.

Signings are continuing for the season and youths can sign up at uaflag.com on line. The season will consist of seven games plus playoff games or consolation games. There will be nine-player rosters so every player plays in every game. For more information, visit https://www.uaflag.com/page/show/4306551-englewood-2018-winter-season-.

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