Ava Zink rushes around the right end on the way to a 32-yard touchdown run for Gettel Toyota Texans during 8-9 division flag football at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. Islander Photo: Kevin Cassidy
Longtime Key Royale Club member Col. Bob Elliott turned 97 on Jan. 2. Islander Photo: Courtesy Ed Havlik
Jack Barnes of the Waterfront Restaurant Raiders tries to elude Gettel Toyota defender Chris Snyder during 8-9 division flag football at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. Islander Photo: Kevin Cassidy
Waterfront Restaurant Raider defender Jack Barnes reaches for the flag of Gettel Toyota Texan Javier Rivera during 8-9 division flag football at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. Islander Photo: Kevin Cassidy
NFL Flag Football returns to center, golfer Eliot feted at KRC
NFL Flag Football is back on the schedule at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. The season culminates in early March with playoffs and ultimately, a Super Bowl.
Waterfront Restaurant Raiders took on Gettel Toyota Texans Jan. 7 in an 8-9 age division matchup. The teams traded offensive possessions early in the game, keeping it scoreless until there were just over two minutes left in the first half. The Texans’ David Daigle dropped back looking to pass, but handed the ball off to Ava Zink on a reverse, pass-run option. Zink looked for a receiver, but seeing noone open, she reversed her field and ran around the right end. She somehow eluded several Raider flag pull attempts near midfield and then outran everyone down the sideline to complete a 32 yard touchdown run. The extra point attempt failed and the Texans took a 6-0 lead into the half.
The Raiders wasted little time getting back into the game in the second half. Eli Heskin hauled in a short pass from quarterback Jack Barnes and took it to the house to complete a 31-yard catch-and-run play and tie the score 6-6. The Raiders then went for a 2-point conversion with Barnes handing the ball off to Callen Achor, who started sweeping to the left, but he reversed field and scored. The Raiders took an 8-6 lead.
Barnes then intercepted Daigle at the Texans’ 16-yard line. Jackson Hayes took the handoff from Barnes and swept around the right end for a touchdown and a 14-6 lead. Barnes’ extra-point pass attempt was broken up by Zink to keep the score at 14-6. Another Raider interception by Heskin thwarted any chance of the Texans tying the score.
Heskin finished with 55 rushing and receiving yards, including one touchdown, while Hayes added 22 yards and one touchdown. Achor finished with seven passing yards, 12 rushing yards and a 2-point conversion, while Barnes had 30 passing yards in the game. Achor led the Raiders defensively with three flag pulls, while Barnes and Heskin added interceptions in the victory.
Zink paced the Texans with 30 rushing yards and a touchdown, while Javier Rivera finished with 25 rushing yards. Daigle added 20 yards on the ground. Zink led the Texans’ defensive effort with three flag pulls and a pass break up.
In other 8-9 division action Jan. 7, Southern Greens Jets edged Pink & Navy Boutique Cowboys 6-0. Daniel Fritz provided much of the offense, gaining 46 rushing yards and 35 receiving yards, but the five yards gained by Charlie Halfacre resulted in the winning touchdown. Luke Marvin threw for 50 yards, while Jackie Schlossberg added 15 receiving yards in the victory. Dalton Guffrie led the defense with three flag pulls and an interception, while Fritz finished with three flag pulls.
The Cowboys were led in the loss by Brandon Early’s 37 passing yards and Zachary Quinn’s 30 rushing yards. Daniel Sentman and Quinn also had interceptions for the Cowboys.
Nathan Hyman completed nine passes for 100 yards and a touchdown to lead Beach Bistro Vikings to a 20-0 win over Beach Bum Steelers in 8-9 division action Jan. 7. Morgan Horesh also had a big game, rushing for 42 yards and catching four passes for 42 yards, while scoring two touchdowns. Sean Rodriguez added two catches for 30 yards and a touchdown to complete the scoring.
Hyman also had a huge day on defense, picking off four passes while Adam Oulddaba finished with three flag pulls.
Other scores last week include:
Jan. 7, 10-12 division
LPAC Cardinals 42, Ross Built Broncos 22
Eat Here Bears 39, Air & Energy Chargers 31
Sandbar Falcons 19, Cedars Tennis Resort Seahawks 18
Mr. Bones Colts 19, Sand Dollar Steelers 14
Jan. 6, 13-16 division
Integrity Sound Redskins 28, Mar Vista Raiders 0
First American Bank Ravens 23, Galati Yacht Sales Texans 12
Jessie’s Island Store Steelers 24, Walter & Associates Bears 14
Jan. 5, Adult Coed Division
Beach to Bay Construction Texans 40, Sato Real Estate Browns 20
Tyler’s Ice Cream Vikings 42, The Feast Falcons 40
Duffy’s Tavern Ravens 32, Edgewater Realty Broncos 25
FL Discount Sign 49ers 19, Waterfront Bills 0
Key Royale golf news
It was a cold week for golf at the Key Royale Club, but some brave souls managed to get their swings in. On Jan. 6, the men and women teamed up for a nine-hole scramble followed by a luncheon.
The team of Joyce Brown, Jay Nellis, Earl Huntzinger and Mark Clark carded a 13-under-par 19 to take first place. Three shots back in second place was the team of Sue Little, Bob Elliott, Paul Kamerlin and Harold McKammish.
Jan. 5 saw the men participate in a team scramble over nine holes. The team of Rich Papini, Greg Shorten and Tim Friesen matched the 5-under-par 27 carded by Randy Clark, Merritt Fineout, John Holcomb and Ken Rickett to tie for first place.
On Wednesdays, the men typically play an 18-hole tournament of some kind, but with the temperature sitting at 38 degrees, Jack Frost was declared the winner. Earl Ritchie and Harold McKammish played and said the round was refreshing.
The men played a nine-hole modified-Stableford match Jan. 3. Bob Lange won the individual title with a plus 2, while John Estok, Buddy Foy, Mike Gillie and Jim Auch won the team title at minus 3.
The turnout for the Jan. 3 women’s golf was light due to cold weather. Jan Turner won Flight B with a 3-over-par 35. Flight D saw Penny Auch and Jan Jump finish in a tie for first place at even-par 32.
Hookem won the game of the day with 16 putts on her round.
Jan. 2 was a big day at the club and for Col. Bob Elliott, who turned 97. The Rev. Jim Meena and the club were ready with warm mince pie and ice cream to celebrate with Elliott.
The men then played a better ball of foursome match that saw the team of Dave Kruger, Omar Trolard, Jon Lindwall and Al Policki take first place with a 9-under-par 23. One stroke back in second place was the team of Dana Cessna, Tom Warda, Loren Hansen and Allan Hansen.
Two teams emerged Jan. 7 from pool play at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. Jerry Disbrow and Sam Samuels defeated walker Bob Lee 23-13.
Despite cold weather Jan. 4, 15 players showed up, but only two managed the three pool-play victories needed to advance to the knockout round. Bob Lee defeated Norm Good and Dominic Lovedoti 21-13 in the championship 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.
AMICC NFL Flag Football schedule
Date Time Teams
Jan. 13 6 p.m. Cardinals vs. Colts
Jan. 13 7 p.m. Broncos vs. Vikings
Jan. 13 6 p.m. Texans vs. Cowboys
Jan. 13 7 p.m. Vikings vs. Jets
Jan. 11 6 p.m. Bears vs. Seahawks
Jan. 17 6 p.m. Cardinals vs. Steelers
Jan. 17 7 p.m. Falcons vs. Chargers
Jan. 17 8 p.m. Seahawks vs. Colts
Jan. 18 6 p.m. Broncos vs. Bears
Jan. 13 8 p.m. Raiders vs. Steelers
Jan. 11 7 p.m. 49ers vs. Texans
Jan. 11 8 p.m. Bills vs. Broncos
Jan. 11 9 p.m. Ravens vs. Raiders
Jan. 12 6 p.m. Bengals vs. Packers
Jan. 12 7 p.m. Vikings vs. Chargers
Jan. 12 8 p.m. Bears vs. Falcons
Jan. 12 9 p.m. Dolphins vs. Browns
AMICC Adult Coed Volleyball schedule
Jan. 10 7 p.m. Best Buy vs. Slim’s Place
Jan. 10 8 p.m. Best Buy vs. Tyler’s Ice Cream