Anna Maria Oyster Bar quarterback Adam Clark throws a pass as Mr. Spiffy’s Hayley Mooney applies pressure during NFL flag football action at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. Islander Photo: Kevin Cassidy
Mr. Spiffy’s Emma Moneuse breaks up a pass intended for Mikey Ellsworth of the Anna Maria Island Oyster Bar Dolphins during NFL flag football action at the Center. Islander Photo: Kevin Cassidy
Dick Eichorn won the Key Royale Club Feb. 20 individual-low-net competition with a score of 58. Islander Photo: Ed Havlik
Jake Ross catches a pass during a flag football game between the Vikings and the Cowboys Feb. 26 at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. Islander Photo: Kyra Valadie
AMICC NFL teams lock top spots, playoffs loom
The regular season of the Anna Maria Island Community Center NFL Flag Football League is down to the final week of regular-season action. After a week off for spring break, playoffs will get started March 16.
Beach Bums Seahawks are 10-1 in the 8-9 division and are the clear favorites as are the 9-1 Beach Bistro Bears in the 13-16 division. Both teams hold huge leads in the standings and a playoff loss would surely be an upset.
Though the 10-12 AFC-NFC divisions have the only undefeated team in Walter & Associates Steelers at 9-0, Ross Built Vikings are 9-1 and Holy Cow Colts are 9-2, and both could pose a threat. Walter & Associates handled both teams during the regular season, but as ESPN sports anchor Chris Berman says, “That’s why they play the games.”
Speaking of games, this week a 10-12 division battle for last place with Anna Maria Oyster Bar Dolphins over Mr. Spiffy Chargers 20-6 Feb. 23 was a highlight. After trading possessions a couple of times, the Dolphins drew first blood at 12:01 of the first half on a 12-yard touchdown pass from Adam Clark to Reese Helvey. Helvey completed a 22-yard pass to Clark on third down to put the Dolphins in position to score the go-ahead TD.
The Dolphins used a mixture of runs by Helvey and short passes to methodically drive down the field to get into position for Clark’s seven-yard touchdown pass to John Smith. Helvey then ran in the two-point conversion to give the Dolphins a 14-0 lead with less than four minutes to play in the first half.
Ben Connors got the Chargers on the scoreboard on the next play when he took a handoff from quarterback Emma Monuese and scampered 45 yards for a touchdown to pull to within 14-6.
The second half saw the Dolphins defense hold the Chargers offense at bay, while their offense managed one more touchdown by Helvey to complete the scoring.
Helvey finished with 136 passing yards, 75 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead the Dolphins, which also received 99 receiving yards and a touchdown from Smith and two touchdown passes and 48 receiving yards from Clark in the victory.
Smith led the defense with four flag pulls, while Leo Tilelli and Helvey finished with three pulls apiece. Clark and Mikey Ellsworth each added interceptions for the Dolphin defense.
Conners led the Chargers on offense with 79 rushing yards, 28 receiving yards and a touchodown, while contributing two flag pulls and an interception on defense. Cooper Hardy and Moneuse also contributed two flag pulls on defense.
Islander takes two gold
Islander Ellen Jones made her track-meet debut a successful one with gold medals in the 800- and 1,500-meter dashes at the Gulf Coast Senior Games competition Feb. 26 at Bayshore High School in Bradenton.
Jones’ victories send her on to the regional competition later in the year.
With no women in the 55-59 age group, Jones was thrown into a group of men and women of a variety of ages, but her time of 4:02 in the 800 meter ranked her eighth nationally in her age group, while her time of 8:03 ranked her seventh nationally for women age 55-59 in the 1,500-meter dash.
Three teams emerged from pool play during a crowded field of horseshoe competitiors Feb. 26 at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Rod Bussey and Sam Samuels destroyed Steve Doyle 22-1 in the semifinal game and then did the same to Don Buchholtz and Ron Pepka in the finals, winning by a 23-4 score.
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 team of Terry Westby, Bob Dickenson, Ron Robinson and Don Ledford combined to shoot 47 in a par-three coed golf contest at Key Royale Club Feb. 25. Pat Engman, Judy Christianson, Dean Christianson and Dennis Schavey were a shot back in second place.
Dave Krueger’s 9-under-par 55 earned him first place in the men’s 18-hole, individual-low-net golf match on Feb. 23. John Sagert was one shot back in second place while Gino DiClemente took third with a 59.
Ron Robinson carded a 5-under par 27 to win the men’s 9-hole, individual-low-net game – Feb. 21. Dick Eichorn and Jim Helgeson tied for second place at 29.
AMICC NFL Flag Football League schedule
March 3 5:30 Sato vs. Slim’s
March 3 6:30 Ralph’s vs. Duffy’s Jessie’s
March 3 7:30 Bob Vita vs. MartiniVille
March 3 8:30 Jessie’s vs. BTBC
March 3 9:30 Walter vs. Hanks
March 2 8 p.m. Bistro vs. 1st Bank
March 14 7:30 p.m. Awards
March 2 7 p.m. Ross vs. Southern
March 14 7:30 p.m. Awards
March 2 6 p.m. IRE vs. Connelly Marine
March 14 6 p.m. Awards
March 14 6 p.m. Awards
AMICC NFL Flag Football League standings
8-9 Division Won Loss Tie
Beach Bums 10 1 0
Island Real Estate 5 6 0
Connelly Marine 2 9 0
NFC 10-12 Division
Ross Built 9 1 0
LPAC 4 4 0
LaPensee Plumbing 4 5 0
Sandbar 2 7 0
Southern Greens 1 9 0
AFC 10-12 Division
Walter & Assoc. 9 0 0
Holy Cow 9 2 0
Eat Here 5 4 0
Oyster Bar 2 7 0
Mr. Spiffy 1 8 0
Bistro 9 1 0
BVV&H 6 4 0
1st. Bank 5 6 0
Mr. Bones 1 10 0
Duffy’s 6 1 0
Jessie’s 6 1 0
MartiniVille 6 2 0
Sato Real Estate 5 2 0
Sun 5 3 0
Hurricane Hanks 4 3 0
Slim’s Place 3 4 0
Walter & Assoc. 2 5 0
BTBC 2 6 0
Rotten Ralph’s 1 6 0
Bob Vita 0 7 0