Bark & Company Ravens player Leo Tilelli makes a flag pull on Beach to Bay Construction Buccaneers player Trevor Meek during regular season flag football action at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. Islander Photo: Kevin Cassidy
Anna Maria horseshoe pitchers show off their hardware from the recent Gulf Coast Senior Games at G.T. Bray Park. Front, left to right are Art Kingstad, Tom Skoloda, Sam Samuels, Steve Doyle, and Tim Sofran. Back row, left to right, Bill Wright, Bob Mason, Gene Bobeldyk, Jay Disbrow, Bob Lee and Herb Puryear.
AMICC NFL Flag Football: And then there were 2
The Anna Maria Island Community Center NFL Flag Football League is down to two teams in each age division after semifinal action last week in the quest to find the season champions.
As expected, No. 1 seed West Coast Air Conditioning Dolphins advanced to the 8-10 division Super Bowl, but their opponent was not supposed to be there. However, sixth-seed Tylers Ice Cream Vikings aren’t about to apologize for upsetting No. 2 seed Beach Bum Patriots in the other semifinal game.
The 11-13 division playoffs followed the seedings to perfection with No. 1 seed LPAC Cardinals taking on No. 2 seed Sandbar Colts in the Super Bowl on March 21.
The 14-17 division had a major upset when number-five seed Integrity Sound Lions defeated regular-season champion Mr. Bones Bengals 24-19 on March 10. The Lions will take on The Feast Broncos, which defeated No. 3 seed West Coast Surf Shop Jaguars 26-18 in the other semifinal game March 14.
The Broncos were led by Joshua Parrish who ran for one score and also added a touchdown reception. Jerret Tsai chipped in with three catches, including one for a touchdown and a pair of extra points. Brother Cody Tsai completed eight passes, including two for touchdowns.
Chris Johnson and Toni Sperduto keyed a strong defensive effort with five flag pulls and an interception apiece including Sperduto’s pick which he took to the house for a touchdown.
Integrity Sound Lions’ 24-18 upset victory over Mr. Bones Bengals was unique in that the Lions only attempted nine passes in the game and instead used a running game that produced three rushing touchdowns, including two from Lane Burnett. Justin Carder added one rushing touchdown while quarterback Andrew Zink connected with Cameron Pasco to complete the Lions scoring in the victory.
Mr. Bones Bengals were led by Neahmiah Goode, who threw for one touchdown and caught a touchdown pass. Malachi Goode ran for a touchdown, while sister Moriah Goode caught a touchdown pass to complete the Bengal scoring.
The 11-13 playoffs saw top seed LPAC Cardinals blow out Bark & Company Ravens 51-18 to advance to the March 21 Super Bowl. Joey Stewart completed 16-of-21 passes, including four touchdown passes to lead the Cardinals, which received six catches including four for touchdowns from Tyler Pearson. Joey Altashaw, Zach Fernandez, Hagen Powers and Stewart also added touchdowns in the victory. Fernandez added two interceptions and Powers had a pair of quarterback sacks to lead the Cardinals defensive effort.
Dalton Guthrie ran for one score and also caught a touchdown pass to lead the Ravens, which also received a touchdown reception from Leo Tilelli in the loss.
Hard to believe, but the Sandbar Colts had an even easier time advancing to the Super Bowl than the Cardinals. They didn’t have to play because the Beach to Bay Construction Buccaneers didn’t show up to play, giving the Colts a forfeit victory.
WCAC Dolphins eased past Beach Bistro Buccaneers 28-18 in the first 8-10 semifinal game March 10. Julius Petereit completed 17 of 21 passes including three touchdown passes and a touchdown run. Andrew Burgess, Bryce Higgins and Charlie Halfacre each had touchdown receptions with Higgins and Halfacre both adding two-point conversion receptions as well. Callen Achor paced the defense with two interceptions to help seal the victory.
David Daigle completed 12-of-27 passes, including three touchdown passes to lead the Buccaneers, which received touchdown receptions from Chris Snyder, Javier Rivera and German Rivera in the loss.
Adult league Super Bowl on horizon
The 30-and-over league is down to two teams after March 13 action that saw Ross Built Panthers defeat Agnelli Pool & Spa Giants 27-19 while Island Real Estate Raiders scored an upset victory top seed Island Gourmet Bills by a 47-40 score.
The Super Bowl is set for March 20 at 8 p.m.
Ross Built defeated Agnelli Pool & Spa behind a strong performance by quarterback Rob Mandarine who ran for 62 yards and two touchdowns while also passing for 166 yards and a pair of touchdown passes. Troy Shonk was his favorite receiver with five catches for 127 yards, including a touchdown and an extra point.
Ryan Moss threw for 162 yards and a pair of touchdown passes while also rushing for 65 yards and a touchdown. Andy Szabo led all receivers with nine catches for 107 yards and two touchdowns while Ed Moss added an extra point reception.
Island Real Estate Raiders outscored Island Gourmet Bills 47-40 behind 265 passing yards and six touchdown passes from quarterback Chris Gillum. Brother Mike Gillum was his favorite target with 10 catches for 94 yards including two touchdowns and two extra points. Also chipping in with touchdown catches were Chris Gillum, Jason Vancleve, Brianna Shaughnessy and Matt Ray with Ray also adding a touchdown run and a pair of extra-point catches.
Chuck Bucky threw for 269 yards and seven touchdown passes, including four that went to AJ Brown, who finished with seven catches for 158 yards. Jim Ptak added a pair of touchdown receptions and an extra point while Scott Dell completed the scoring with a touchdown and an extra point.
The 18-and-over league is down to four teams after March 12 opening-round action. Duffy’s Tavern Eagles edged Beach Bistro Raiders 32-27 while Agnelli Pool & Spa rolled to a 69-40 victory over Waterfront Restaurant Panthers.
Duffy’s Tavern Eagles now sets their sights on a March 19 matchup against top seed Slim’s Place Bears while Agnelli Pool & Spa Giants take on Beach to Bay Construction Dolphins with the winners meeting in the April 2 Super Bowl.
Look online for center sports schedules.
Three teams advanced from pool play during March 15 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City hall horseshoe pits, as reported by Jay Disbrow.
Bob Mason and Hank Huyghe drew the bye into the finals and watched as Nick Younk and Adin Shank defeated Jerry Disbrow and Sam Samuels 25-16 on a game-ending six pack from Shank. Younk-Shank stayed hot, defeating Mason-Huyghe 21-14 in the finals.
The Shanks-Disbrow team drew the bye into the finals during March 12 action and watched as Samuels and Bruce Munro edged Bob Gagnon and Bob Palmer 23-20. Samuels-Munro then squeaked past Shank and Disbrow 21-20 in the finals.
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.
NFL Flag Football Schedule
8-10 Division Playoff Schedule
March 19 5 p.m. Pro Bowl
March 21 6 p.m. West Coast Air vs. Tylers Ice Cream
March 19 6 p.m. Pro Bowl
March 21 7 p.m. LPAC vs. Sandbar
March 20 6 p.m. Pro Bowl
March 21 8 p.m. The Feast vs. Integrity Sound
18 & Over Division
March 19 7 p.m. #1 Slim’s Place vs. #4 Duffy’s
March 19 8 p.m. #2 Beach to Bay Const. vs. #3Agnelli Pool