Dolphins win Super Bowl, hand Saints first loss
Agnelli Pool & Spa Dolphins defeated MartiniVille Saints 25-19 in the Anna Maria Island Community Center’s coed NFL flag football summer league Super Bowl played Aug. 18.
Both teams traded offensive possessions without finding the end zone early in the game. The turning point came when Zach Schield intercepted a Ryan Moss pass deep in Saints’ territory to give the Dolphins first down at the 5-yard line. They wasted no time as quarterback Mike Shaughnessy hit Pat Calvary on a fade route in the left corner of the end zone to give Agnelli Pool & Spa a 6-0 lead with 12:30 left in the first half.
After trading offensive possessions, the Saints finally put together a scoring drive. A 20-yard completion from Ryan Moss to Nate Talucci gave MartiniVille a first down at the 8-yard line. On the next play, Ryan Moss hit Jonathan Moss for an 8-yard touchdown pass to tie the score at 6-6 with 1:35 to play in the half.
The Dolphins responded right away, quickly working their way down the field. Tim Shaughnessy hit Frank Agnelli for 15 yards and followed that with a third-down pass for 11 yards to Schield to give them a first down with under 30 seconds left to play in the first half. Tim Shaugnessy then hit paydirt on a 24-yard pass to Agnelli in the right corner of the end zone to give Agnelli Pool & Spa a 12-6 halftime lead.
The Dolphins wasted no time scoring in the second half, taking an 18-6 lead on an 11-yard touchdown pass from Tim Shaugnessy to Schield. Calvary came up with a brilliant 20-yard catch from Tim Shaugnessy for a first down that kept the drive alive.
Undaunted, the Saints replied with a length-of-the-field scoring drive, culminating with a 7-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Moss to Jonathan Moss. Ed Moss hauled in the extra-point pass to make it 18-13 with just under 13 minutes left to play. Nate Talucci had receptions of 16 yards and 11 yards on the drive for the Saints.
The Dolphins came right back with a four-play touchdown drive. Tim Shaughnessy started it off with an 8-yard completion to Agnelli, followed by another circus catch by Calvary for 23 yards. Mike Shaughnessy then hit Tim Shaughnessy on a 17-yard touchdown pass that was followed by Agnelli’s extra-point grab to give the Fins a 25-13 lead with under eight minutes left in the game.
Again the Saints showed resolve and drove the length of the field and scored when Ryan Moss hit Jonathan Moss with a 4-yard touchdown pass with 3:01 left to play. Nate Talucci’s 12-yard reception for a first down kept the drive alive, while Ryan Moss avoided a sack and hit wife Emily Moss to put the Saints into scoring position.
The Dolphins went three and out giving the Saints the ball and some hope. Ryan Moss hit Jonathan Moss for 13 yards on first down. Ryan Moss’ second-down pass fell incomplete and, on third down, Frank Agnelli broke up the pass play to give the Dolphins the ball back with 57 seconds remaining, effectively ending the game with the Dolphins on top 25-19.
The Toilet Bowl was played prior to the above-mentioned game between the Sun Panthers and Tyler’s Ice Cream Steelers. The Panthers prevailed 33-26 to avoid last place in the league. Tyler Bekkerus completed 14 of 26 passes for 155 yards and five touchdown passes. Kevin Austin caught seven passes for 52 yards and three touchdowns, while Hell’s Kitchen participant Jamie Gregorich had two receptions for 20 yards, including a touchdown and an extra point. Brother Kevin Gregorich added a 10-yard touchdown reception for the Panthers.
Jason Garden and Chuck McCracken scored two touchdowns apiece to lead the Steelers in the loss.
George McKay and Ron Pepka were the only team to record three pool-play victories and were the day’s outright champs during Aug. 20 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City hall horseshoe pits. The team of Tom Skoloda and Sam Samuels soundly defeated Jay Disbrow and Jeff Moore in the second-place game.
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 news
The women of the Key Royale Club played a nine-hole, individual-low-net golf game Aug. 16. Sue Wheeler, Laura Purcell and Meredith Slavin all carded 4-under-par 28s to finish in a three-way tie for first place. Kris Landkammer and Fran Barford tied for second place at 1-under-par 31. Barford chipped in on hole number four, while Mary Selby did the same on hole number five.
Soccer registration under way
The deadline for registering for the Anna Maria Island Community Center’s 2011 youth soccer league is quickly approaching.
Cost for a three-day Aug. 24-26 soccer camp from is $30. Cost for playing in the recreational league is $75 for members, while non-members cost is $105. Failure to register prior to Aug. 27 results in an additional fee of $15.
Players each receive a jersey and socks, and they are responsible for their own black shorts and shin guards.
Games will be played in the evening at 6 p.m. Monday through Friday with an occasional Saturday game.
Tryouts begin Aug. 29 and teams will be picked immediately following tryout times.
The center also is offering an adult coed soccer league which will be played on Thursday evenings. Tryouts will be held Sept. 1.
For more information, contact center athletic director Troy Shonk at 941-778-1908, ext. 9205.