Adult flag football season kicks off new year, season
The Anna Maria Island Community Center adult coed NFL Flag Football League kicked off its 2013 season Jan. 3 with four games. Teams in the league will play an eight-week season followed by playoffs and the crowning of a Super Bowl champ.
The first game of the evening had Lobstahs Lions edging Beach to Bay Construction Ravens 32-26. Quarterback Matt Piermarnini completed 19 of 28 passes for 275 yards and five touchdown passes. Four touchdown passes went to receiver Eric Gledhill, who hauled in nine passes for 150 yards. Wayne Wycoff added six receptions for 83 yards and one touchdown.
Gledhill paced the defense with five flag pulls, while Sean Sanders added two pulls and a quarterback sack in the victory.
The Ravens were led by Larry Berkery, who completed 16 of 27 passes for 186 yards and three touchdown passes, while also running for a touchdown. Shawn Kaleta caught four passes for 41 yards and three touchdowns, while Robert Gibbons added seven receptions for 84 yards on offense and grabbed four flags on defense in the loss.
Florida Discount Signs Colts trotted past the Waterfront Restaurant Dolphins 43-33 behind solid running that produced 185 yards rushing. Brandon Hartwig ran for a team-high 104 yards and one touchdown, while also completing three passes for 42 yards and one touchdown pass. Dustin Swain added 52 yards rushing and one touchdown, while also catching four passes for 50 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Greg Ross completed five passes for 46 yards and a pair of touchdown passes, and Dina DeJesus caught two passes for 16 yards and a touchdown, while also rushing for 20 yards in the victory.
The Dolphins were led by quarterback Ryan Moss, who completed 15 of 22 passes for 179 yards and five touchdown passes. Jonathan Moss caught four passes for 81 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while Amy Moss grabbed three passes for 40 yards and two touchdowns. Brent Moss completed the scoring for the Dolphins with four receptions for 28 yards and a touchdown.
Duffy’s Tavern Raiders edged Agnelli Pool & Spa Giants 41-38 behind the passing of Chris Gillum, who completed 16 of 25 passes for 237 yards and five touchdown passes. Brother Mike Gillum was his favorite receiver, catching eight balls for 105 yards, including two touchdowns and an extra point. Tyler Redmond added four receptions for 75 yards and two touchdowns and a pair of extra points. Jay Hoffmeister completed the Raiders scoring with five receptions for 64 yards, including a touchdown and two extra points.
Defensively, the Raiders were led by Mike Gillum’s five flag pulls and an interception that was returned for a touchdown by Eddie Hernandez. Hoffmeister also added an interception in the victory.
Tim Shaughnessy paced the Giant offense with 126 yards rushing and a pair of touchdowns, while also throwing for 165 yards and three touchdown passes. Pat Calvary was his top target, grabbing five passes for 89 yards, including a touchdown and an extra point. Frank Agnelli added two catches for 50 yards, including a touchdown and an extra point. Caleb Roberts completed the Giant scoring with two catches for 26 yards and a touchdown, while also grabbing an interception — taking it to the house for a defensive touchdown.
Duncan Cardinals flew past Slim’s Place Patriots 31-14 in the last game of the evening behind 185 passing yards and three touchdowns from quarterback Jason Vancleave. Vancleave also hauled in a 45-yard touchdown pass from Dylan Kraut who added five catches for 120 yards, including a touchdown and an extra point. Ben Pieper added a rushing and receiving touchdown, while Chris Wilson completed the scoring with two catches for 45 yards and a touchdown.
Dave Johnston threw for 50 yards and a touchdown pass, while also catching a 40-yard touchdown pass to lead the Patriots. Mike Smith completed the scoring with a touchdown reception to go along with 25 receiving yards, 55 passing yards and a touchdown pass.
Three teams advanced from pool play and battled for the day’s bragging rights during Jan. 5 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.
Jerry Disbrow and Larry Livrago drew the bye into the finals and watched as Gene Bobeldyk and Norm Good rolled past George McKay and Bob Brown by a 25-8 score. In the finals, Bobeldyk-Good was too good for Disbrow-Livrago, dispatching them by a 23-4 score to win the day’s proceedings.
The Jan. 2 games also saw three teams advance to the knockout round. Larry Livrago and Bruce Munro edged Art Kingstad and Bill Wright 21-17 to advance to the finals. Livrago-Munro then rolled past Bob Lee and Rod Bussey 21-3 in the championship match.
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.