The Destin Marlins jumped out early and then held on for a 4-1 win over the visiting Ruckel Rams in boy’s middle school soccer action Thursday night in Destin.

“Today everything I’ve been asking for them to do, they did very good … marking well, passing well and score well,” said Destin Coach Carlos Goncalves.

In the first 30 seconds of play, Destin pushed the ball down the field quickly with Dean Redmond scoring on a half turn and then kicking it in off his right foot right in front of the goal.

With 10 minutes left to go in the first, Destin struck again with Guillherme Marquez scoring for 2-0 lead at the break.

In the second half, Destin again scored early. Marquez, on about a 60-plus yard breakaway, kicked it at the goal but was batted out. However, Marquez came right back and headed the ball into the net for 3-0 game.

Not done yet, Marquez got the ball back for the Marlins and scored again putting the ball in the left corner of the net, his second goal in less than a minute.

Ruckel scored their only goal off a corner kick in the final eight minutes.

Overall, Goncalves was pleased with the team’s performance.

“Better than (expected). We needed to play well tonight, because the last few games we didn’t perform very well," Goncalves said. “But I’m so happy the way that they played tonight."

Up next for the Destin Marlins is a 6 p.m. game Monday night at Meigs Middle School in Shalimar.