Andrew Procter tries to cut back on Zach Fernandes during NFL Flag Football action last week at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. Islander Photo: Kevin Cassidy
Flag football going strong
NFL Flag Football League is going strong at the Anna Maria Island Community Center with games being played most evenings and an occasional Saturday.
The FFL 10-12 Division has Walter & Associates Steelers and the Holy Cow Colts chasing undefeated seasons, while the Beach Bistro Bears in the 13-16 Division and Duffy’s Tavern Bucs and MartiniVille Bears in the Adult Division are chasing winning seasons.
Beach Bum Seahawks aren’t undefeated, but the team did hand Island Real Estate Saints its first loss of the season in 8-9 Division action Jan. 19 by a 24-14 score.
The Saints looked good on their opening drive, which was highlighted by a 30-yard run by Jackson Hayes, but the Seahawk defense held them out of the end zone on a third and goal to get the ball back to their offense.
On the Seahawks first offensive play, Zach Fernandes took a handoff from QB Ethan Helvey and outran everybody around the left end for a 45-yard touchdown run and a 6-0 Seahawk lead.
The Seahawks again held the Saints on downs to get the ball back and they again made the most of the offensive possession. After a couple of short gains, Tori Walter broke off a 25-yard run to give the Seahawks good field possession. On the next play, Fernandes found Helvey open in the end zone for a 17-yard touchdown pass and a 12-0 lead — and just under three minutes to play in the first half.
The Saints finally were untracked offensively when Hayes took a handoff from quarterback Andrew Procter and raced 45 yards for a touchdown. Taro de Han then hit Procter with a pass for the extra point to cut the Seahawk lead to 12-7.
With time running down, the Saints held the Seahawks on downs and got the ball back on offense, but Helvey intercepted de Han at the 10-yard line. A couple of short runs were followed by de Han turning the tables on Helvey with an interception as the half ended.
The Seahawks picked up where they left off in the first half as they drove the length of the field for a touchdown behind runs of 25 and 20 yards by Helvey for an 18-7 lead.
The Saints came back to cut into the Seahawk lead on a 45-yard touchdown run by de Han, which he followed with an extra-point pass to Procter to cut the Seahawk lead to 18-14 with 10:39 left to play.
The teams traded offensive possessions three times, as time wound down in the second half. With 48 seconds remaining and the Seahawks trying to run the clock down, Fernandes got loose on a 43-yard touchdown run to ice the game.
Fernandes finished with 113 rushing yards and two Tds, while also throwing for one touchdown. Helvey led the Seahawk defensive effort with three flag pulls and an interception. Daniel Sentman added two flag pulls, while Fernandes and Tori Walter each finished with one pull.
Hayes led the Saints offense with 82 yards rushing and a touchdown, while de Han added 45 yards on the ground, including a touchdown and two extra-point passes. Procter was on the receiving end of both of them, while also adding 51 yards rushing in the loss.
Procter paced the Saints defense with five flag pulls and an interception, while Hayes added two pulls and de Han had an interception.
In 10-12 division action, the game of the week saw the Eat Here Jaguars edge Anna Maria Oyster Bar Dolphins 25-18 in another Jan. 19 contest. Troy Cleland paced the Jaguars with 50 rushing yards and a touchdown, while Matt Manger-DeNegris added 65 receiving yards, 27 rushing yards and a touchdown. Brad Duffman finished with 35 rushing yards and a touchdown, while Anthony Cucci caught an extra-point pass from Jacob Talucci, who finished with 78 passing yards.
Talucci led his defense with an interception that he returned for a touchdown, while Duffman led everyone with seven flag pulls.
The Dolphins were led by John Smith on offense as he compiled 25 rushing yards, 75 receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns. Mikey Ellsworth added 49 receiving yards and a touchdown from QB Adam Clark, who finished with 150 passing yards and a pair of touchdowns in the loss.
Leo Tilelli and Jack Mello led the defense with four flag pulls each, including a sack by Mello.
The 13-16 division game of the week saw Bassett, Vita, Vining & Hermann Group Raiders slip past Mr. Bones BBQ Eagles 26-24 Jan. 18. Reese Vita led the way on offense by completing 16 of 19 passes for 187 yards and three touchdowns, while also running for 40 yards and another touchdown. His favorite target was Danny Doyle, who had 93 receiving yards, a pair of touchdowns and an extra point. Michael Galati added 71 receiving yards and one touchdown in the victory.
Doyle’s six flag pulls led the Raider defense, which also received three flag pulls from Denver Hardy and two from Galati in the victory.
The Eagles were led by JT Goode, who had a good all-around game. He finished with 88 passing yards and a touchdown, 41 rushing yards, 35 receiving yards and a touchdown, while also leading the way with seven flag pulls and an interception on defense. Joey Salinas caught two touchdown passes, while Elijah Clay-Chapman had 22 passing yards, a touchdown and 95 rushing and receiving yards for the Eagles, which also received 49 passing yards and a touchdown pass from Noah Connors in the loss. Clay-Chapman came through with a pair of interceptions on defense.
The adult game of the week Jan. 20 saw MartiniVille Bears slip past Sato Real Estate Browns 26-24 behind a huge game from Ryan Hogan. Hogan totaled 155 receiving yards and three touchdowns from quarterback Danny Murphy, who finished with 219 passing yards and four touchdown passes. Tyler Bekkerus added 83 receiving yards and one touchdown in the victory.
Murphy led the defense with three flag pulls, while Bekkerus, Hogan and Zink had two pulls apiece in the victory.
Jason Sato led the Browns with 155 passing yards and four touchdown passes, three to Kaleb Roberts, who finished with 124 receiving yards. Josh Sato was on the receiving end of the fourth touchdown pass. Roberts had three flag pulls to lead the Browns, which also received an interception and a flag pull from Josh Sato in the loss.
Look online at www.islander.org for schedules and standings in the AMICC football league.
Perez signs new deal with Indians
Islander Chris Perez recently signed a one-year deal for $2.225 million to remain as the closer for the Cleveland Indians. Perez, who made his Major League Baseball debut with the St. Louis Cardinals May 16, 2008, established himself as the Indians closer last season, when he went 2-2 with a 1.71 earned run average, while converting 23 saves in 27 opportunities.
Perez got the opportunity as closer partly due to Kerry Wood opening the season on the disabled list. When Wood got traded to the Yankees July 31, Perez officially got the job as full-time closer.
In his three major league seasons, Perez appeared in 165 games and held a 3.06 ERA while striking out 171 batters in just over 161 innings.
Only one team managed to emerge from pool play on a cold Jan. 22 morning of horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. John Crawford and Bob Lee earned bragging rights, while the other players chose to seek warmth rather than battle it out for second place.
Four teams emerged from pool play during Jan. 19 horseshoe action. In the first round of playoff action, Hank Huyghe rolled past Aiden Shank and Dave Lansaw by a 21-5 score. Rod Bussey and Bruce Copeland defeated Art Kingstad and Jay Disbrow 21-12 in the second semifinal. The finals saw Hank Huyghe edge Rod Bussey and Bruce Copeland 22-16.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection. There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.
Key Royale golf news
The men of the Key Royale Club played a nine-hole, four-person scramble Jan. 20. The team of Quentin Talbert, Chas McMullen, Larry Pippel and Tommy McDonald took first place with a 5-under-par 27, one shot over a trio of teams that finished one shot back.
The men played an 18-hole, two-best-balls-of-foursome match Jan. 19. The team of Earl Ritchie, Bob Jorgensen, Ed Havlik and Paul Proxy combined to card a 14-under-par 104 to take first place by one shot over the team of Peter Proxy, Pete Weir, Dick Eichorn and Tom Lewis.
The women played a nine-hole, low-net game Jan. 18 in several flights. Cindy Miller’s 1-over-par 33 was the top score for Flight AA, two shots ahead of second-place finisher Laura Purcell.
Marilyn Thorton’s even-par 32 gave her a one-shot victory over Judy Crowe in Flight A.
Flight B saw Kris Landkammer fire a 2-under-par 30 to take first place over Fran Barford by one shot.
Markie Kzaizek and Terry Westby both carded 3-under-par 29s to finish in a tie for first place in Flight C. Barb Lindwall took second place with an even-par 32.
Nell Bergstrom’s 5-under-par 28 was the low round of the day and first place in Flight D. Trish Kruger was one shot back in second place.
The low-team net score of the day went to Pam Alvord, Fran Barford, Sally Martin and Kris Landkammer, while Nancy King, Marilyn Thorton and Tootie Wagner all had chipins on the day.
Also on Jan. 18, the men played a nine-hole, modified stableford system game that saw the team of Gary Duncan, Al DiConstansa, Larry Pippel and Lex Halican card a plus-four, which tied them with Rich Pappinni, Dave Johnston, Ron Vadament and Barry Anderson for first place. Dave Johnston earned first place in the individual category with a plus-five, one shot ahead of second-place finisher Ed Havlik.
The men played a nine-hole, individual-low-net game Jan. 17. John Sagert earned top honors with a 6-under-par 26, three shots better than second-place finisher Chris Collins.
AMICC NFL Flag Football schedule
Jan. 27 5:30 Sun vs. Slims
Jan. 27 6:30 Sato vs. Bob Vita
Jan. 27 7:30 BTBC vs. Walter
Jan. 27 8:30 Jessies vs. MartiniVille
Jan. 27 9:30 Hanks vs. Ralph’s
Jan. 26 8 p.m. BVV&H vs. First Bank
Jan. 31 8 p.m. Bistro vs. First Bank
Feb. 1 8 p.m. BVV&H vs. Mr. Bones
Jan. 26 6 p.m. Holy Cow vs. Eat Here
Jan. 26 7 p.m. Southern vs. Ross Built
Jan. 28 6 p.m. Walter vs. Oyster Bar
Jan. 28 7 p.m. Southern vs. Sandbar
Jan. 29 noon Mr. Spiffy vs. Sandbar
Jan. 31 6 p.m. LaPensee vs. Sandbar
Jan. 31 7 p.m. Walter vs. Eat Here
Feb. 1 6 p.m. Ross Built vs. LPAC
Feb. 1 7 p.m. Walter vs. Sandbar
Jan. 28 6 p.m. IRE vs. Connelly Marine
Jan. 29 11 a.m. Connelly Marine vs. Beach Bums
Jan. 26 6 p.m. Tyler’s vs. Dental Spa
Jan. 28 6 p.m. Connelly Marine vs. A&E
Jan. 28 7 p.m. Dental Spa vs. LPAC
Jan. 31 6 p.m. Tyler’s vs. Connelly Marine
AMICC NFL Flag Football standings
8-9 Division Won Loss Tie
Beach Bums 3 1 0
Island Real Estate 2 1 0
Connelly Marine 0 3 0
LaPensee Plumbing 2 2 0
Southern Greens 1 2 0
Ross Built 2 1 0
Sandbar 1 2 0
LPAC 1 2 0
Holy Cow 4 0 0
Walter & Assoc.3 0 0
Eat Here 2 1 0
Oyster Bar 1 3 0
Mr. Spiffy 0 4 0
Beach Bistro 3 0 0
BVV&H 2 1 0
First Bank 1 2 0
Mr. Bones 0 3 0
Duffy’s 3 0 0
MartiniVille 3 0 0
Sato Real Estate 2 1 0
BTBC 2 1 0
Sun 2 1 0
Jessie’s 1 1 0
Hurricane Hanks 1 2 0
Slim’s Place 1 2 0
Bob Vita 0 2 0
Rotten Ralph’s 0 3 0
Walter & Assoc. 0 2 0