NFL Flag Football wraps up another ‘super’ season
The NFL flag football season came to an end March 21 with three Super Bowl games, one fore each of the competitive youth divisions, and an awards ceremony March 17.
The awards were for individual honors for each of the three divisions in sportsmanship, defensive MVP, female MVP and overall MVP.
Sportsmanship winners were Tuna McCracken in the 8-10 division, Ben Balto in the 11-13 division and Andrew Zink in the 14-17 division.
Defensive MVP honors went to Evan Christiansan in the 8-10 division, Bathie Thiam in the 11-13 division and Danny Doyle in the 14-17 division.
Female MVP in the 8-10 division was Ava Alderson, while Hagen Powers took the honor for the 11-13s. Moriah Goode was top female performer in the 14-17 division.
Overall MVP for each of the leagues went to Gavin Johnston in the 8-10 division, Michael Latimer in the 11-13 division and Danny Doyle in the 14-17s.
Tyler’s Ice Cream Vikings apparently caught a little bit of “March Madness” as the No. 6 seed marched into the finals and won in a blowout to capture the 8-10 division Super Bowl crown.
The Vikings absolutely dominated number-one seed West Coast Air Conditioning and Heating Dolphins 31-6 in the first of three Super Bowl matchups March 21.
Quarterback Thomas Heckler and receiver Tuna McCracken were the driving force for the Vikings, hooking up for three touchdown passes including two that went for 45 yards. McCracken also threw for a touchdown pass to Ava Alderson, while sister Josie Alderson completed the scoring with a 30-yard touchdown run.
Other members of the champion Vikings are Madelyn Rogers, Jordon Pasco and Samuel Meddick.
The Dolphins lone score in defeat was a touchdown run from Callen Achor. Other members of the Dolphins are Connor Allen, Andrew Burgess, Katie Burgess, Charlie Halfacre, Bryce Higgins, Michael Pears and Julius Petereit.
The 11-13 division Super Bowl followed the seedings perfectly as No. 1 LPAC Cardinals and second-seed Sandbar Colts battled it out in a high-scoring, back-and-forth affair that saw the Cardinals hang on for a 38-34 victory.
Zach Fernandez was the player of the game with 10 catches, including two for touchdowns while also adding two touchdown runs. One was a scintillating 45-yard run that saw him sweep around the right end before cutting back across the field, outrunning everyone to complete the score.
Tyler Pearson completed the scoring with a touchdown catch and a touchdown run in the victory. Directing the high-octane offense was quarterback Joey Stewart who completed 15-of-25 passes including three touchdown passes.
Hagen Powers was the defensive standout for the Cardinals with a game-high six flag pulls, including a pair of quarterback sacks.
Other members of the Cardinals are Joey Altashaw, Andrew Proctor and Daniel Sentman.
As he has all season, Michael Latimer was a dominant force, putting on a pair of touchdown receptions in addition to a breathtaking 45-yard touchdown run. Quarterback Matthew Manger completed 8-of-10 passes including three for touchdowns, while Nathan Hyman added a touchdown reception and an extra point for the Colts in the loss.
Other members of the Colts are Joe Rogers, Tyler Brewer, Jack Groves and Dean Zampello.
The 14-17 division had a chance for an underdog win, but The Feast Broncos put an emphatic end to that pipe dream with a 35-6 drubbing of No. 5 seed Integrity Sound Lions.
Quarterback Cody Tsai completed 13 of 19 passes, including three touchdown passes to lead the Broncos to victory. Two of the touchdown passes went to Chris Johnson, who also added an extra point, while Jerret Tsai added a touchdown run and a touchdown reception. Burke Hill chipped in with a touchdown run and a pair of extra points. Toni Spurduto and Joshua Parrish completed scoring for the Broncos with extra point receptions.
Tony Sperduto and Jerret Tsai each had four flag pulls with Tsai also contributing four quarterback sacks in the victory.
Lane Burnett scored the lone touchdown for Integrity Sound in the loss. Cameron Pasco grabbed four flags, while Joey Carder and Burnett finished with three pulls each to lead the Lions on defense.
Other members of the Lions are Patrick Perrin, Roberto Rodriguez and Andrew Zink.
Island Real Estate captures 30+ Super Bowl
Island Real Estate Raiders outscored Ross Built Panthers 40-38 to win the 30-and-over division Super Bowl March 20 at the center.
Quarterback Chris Gillum completed 19 of 27 passes for 276 yards and five touchdown passes. Brother Mike Gillum was his top receiver, finishing with seven catches for 139 yards, including four touchdown receptions. Jason Vancleve added seven catches for 91 yards and one touchdown, while Matt Ray added five catches for 82 yards and a touchdown.
Rob Manderine led the Panthers on offense with a rushing touchdown, while also completing 11 of 18 passes for 189 yards and two touchdowns. Troy Shonk was his leading receiver with four catches for 97 yards and one touchdown. Erin Vogel added two catches, including one for a touchdown, and Greg Ross had three catches, including one for an extra point. Chuck McCracken completed the scoring for the Panthers with an interception return for a touchdown.
The team of Sam Samuels and Bob Lee were the only team to forge a 3-0 record in pool play and were the day’s outright champs during horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.
March 19 action saw three teams emerge from pool play and advance to the knockout stage. Tim Sofran and Gene Bobeldyk drew the bye and watched as Dom Livedoti and John Crawford took out Bob Mason and Sam Samuels by a 21-10 score. In the finals, Sofran-Bobeldyk soundly defeated Livedoti-Crawford 22-13 to earn the day’s bragging rights.
Play gets underway 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.
Sign up for spring sports at AMICC
The center is holding open registration for the spring lineup of adult and youth co-ed sports programs.
Adults can play soccer, kickball and basketball, and youths will be playing baseball and basketball.
Registration for adults is $75 for center members and includes a jersey; non-members pay $110 — a $50 annual sports membership includes use of the fitness room for the season. Registration for youths is $75 for center members and includes a jersey. Nonmembers pay $105 — a $30 annual youth membership secures member prices for a year.
Captains, coaches and sponsors also are needed.
• Adult soccer tryout: 7 p.m. Thursday, April 3. Teams will be chosen immediately after. Games will be played Thursday evenings at the center. The tryout date for adult kickball is Wednesday, April 8th at 7:30pm; teams will be chosen immediately afterwards. Games will be played on Wednesday evenings on the Community Center field.
• Adult basketball tryout: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 9. Games will be played in the gym on Tuesday evenings.
• Youth baseball tryout is at 6 p.m. Friday, April 4, for 5-7 year olds; 7 p.m. for 8-11 year olds. Team selection will follow. Games will be played Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays.
• Youth basketball tryouts: Monday, April 7. 5-7 year olds at 6 p.m.; 8-10 year olds at 6:30 p.m.; 8 p.m. for 14-17 year olds. Tuesday April 8: 11-13 year olds at 6 p.m. Team selection will follow tryouts. Games will be played in the gym Monday thru Saturday.
Register at the center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, or online at www.islandcommunitycenter.com.
For more information, call athletic director Matt Ray at 941-778-1908, ext. 9205, or email email@example.com.