There was a full Saturday of youth football on the field Jan. 21, with games played from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Center of Anna Maria Island.
The action got started with an 11-13 division matchup between Tyler’s Ice Cream and Anna Maria Oyster Bar. Both teams traded possessions without gaining much traction for the first 15 minutes of the first half.
The AMOB’s best chance to break the scoreless tie came on its second offensive possession. Brandon Yost took a handoff and swept around the right end for 16 yards. After an incomplete pass, quarterback Wesley Choate pitched it to Yost, who threw it back to Choate in the left flat for a first down on the 24-yard line.
A penalty backed them up 5 yards, but Choate hit Nicholas DeWitt for 12 yards on second down to put them in good position. Ava Alderson put an end to the scoring threat when she broke through to sack Choate on third down and take the ball for Tyler’s.
Consecutive three and outs wound down the first-half clock to just over 4 minutes when Tyler’s got the ball back and quarterback Josh Waldo went to work.
He hit Josie Alderson for 10 yards on second down and followed with a 16-yard strike to Reese Riley to give them a first down. An incomplete pass was followed by a bit of trickery, as Waldo dropped back and sent a lateral in the right flat to Cash Carter, who then threw 29-yards to Devin Calderone for a touchdown and a 6-0 lead with 1:55 left in the half.
Tyler’s held AMOB to a three-and-out, getting the ball back with 1:21 left in the half. Waldo hit Calderone for 11 yards and followed that up with a 9-yard completion to Josie Alderson. Facing third and 10, Waldo hit Carter over the middle for a first down.
An incomplete pass on first down was followed by an 8-yard completion to Josie Alderson, but the drive and the half ended when Waldo’s third-down pass was intercepted in the end zone by Travis Bates.
A close game turned into a route during the first 5 minutes of the second half when Tyler’s Calderone gained 12 yards on a first-down run and Waldo next hit Josie Alderson for 5 yards. On third down, Waldo hit Carter on a short crossing that he turned into a 40-yard catch-and-run TD and a 12-0 lead.
AMOB got the ball and after a 7-yard run by Choate on first down, Choate’s pass over the middle was picked off by Calderone, who took it in for a touchdown and a 19-0 lead after the extra-point pass to Calderone.
AMOB got the ball back but, on first down, Choate dropped back to pass under pressure from Ava Alderson, who forced a fumble in the end zone, giving Tyler’s a 21-0 lead on a safety.
Tyler’s then got the ball and Waldo hit Carter for 26 yards on first down and followed that up with a completion to Thomas Heckler for another first down. Waldo’s first-down pass was incomplete, but on second down, Waldo handed off to Carter, who spun around and hit Waldo with a perfect pass down the left sideline for a 35-yard touchdown. Waldo then hit Heckler for the extra point and a 28-0 lead.
AMOB then put together a strong drive with Choate hitting Byron Law on a short crossing route that he turned into a 42-yard gain. Choate hit Kale Petrin for 8 yards and a Yost run was stopped for no gain by a flag pull from Ava Alderson on second down. Facing third and goal, Choate threw to the end zone, but Heckler stepped in and killed the drive with an interception.
Tyler’s tried to whittle the clock down by running the ball, but Law broke through to make a flag pull in the end zone for a safety to finally get on the scoreboard.
Time ran out with Tyler’s Ice Cream on top by a 28-2 score.
In other 11-13 division action Jan. 21, Planet Stone rolled to a 26-7 victory over Progressive Cabinetry.
The 8-10 division action followed with Truly Nolen rolling to a 34-6 victory over Lancaster Design. Salty Printing defeated Beach to Bay Construction 20-15 and Bark & Co. Real Estate edged Slim’s Place 16-12.
The day came to a close with a pair of 14-17 division games that saw Sign-A-Rama dunk Duncan Real Estate 14-6 and Intechgrate Systems zapped Air & Energy 20-7.
Football continues Saturday, Jan. 28, at the center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Finals set in adult soccer league
Some surprising results from the previous week were toppled during semifinal playoff action Jan. 19 in the adult soccer league at the center. No. 1 seed Mason Martin Construction survived an upset bid from No. 4 Wash Family Construction to win 3-2.
Anthony Barberio led the way for Mason Martin in the victory with two goals and one assist, while Lexi Braxton added a goal.
Jason Sato and Chelsea Hoffner each scored a goal for Wash in the loss with Kris Yavalar and Aaron Parkin picking up assists.
The second semifinal lacked drama as No. 3 seed Anna Maria CrossFit rolled to a 7-3 victory over seventh seed Jiffy Lube to advance to the championship game.
Will Kretzman led the CrossFit scoring with three goals and an assist, while Rico Beissert added a single goal and four assists. Allison Burhnam added two goals and Jessica Williams finished with one goal in the victory.
Danny Anderson had a goal and an assist to lead the Jiffy Lube offense, which also received a goal each from Murat Akay and Shay Coleman in the loss.
Key Royale golf news
Golf action at the Key Royale Club in Holmes Beach got started Jan. 16 with a nine-hole better-ball-of-partners match for the men in the morning.
George Barford and Jim Thorton matched the 9-under-par 23 carded by Dave Kruger and Al Pollock to finish in a tie for first place. Bob Reid and Bill Martin were two shots back in second place.
Later in the day, some of the men members played a nine-hole modified Stableford system match.
The team of Gary Alvord, Dan Richardson and Dennis Schavey combined on a plus-4 score, but it was matched by Dale Hudson, John Koloveski, Larry Pippel and Dennis Schavey to complete a tie for first.
Forty-six women played first-round matches in the Women’s President’s Cup Jan. 17. Net scores will be combined with next week’s scores to determine the Key Royale women’s champion.
Roxanne Koche, playing in Flight C, carded a 7-under-par 25 to grab the first-round lead by one shot over Penny Williams, who finished with a 6-under-par 26 in Flight B. Terry Westby carded a 5-under-par 27 in Flight D to claim third place.
Others within striking distance before the second week’s matches are Tootie Wagner, alone in fourth place with a 3-under-par 29, and Margrit Layh, Sue Little, Gloria LaDue and Connie Livanos — all tied for fifth place — with matching 2-under-par 30s.
The men were back on the course Jan. 16 for a nine-hole scramble. The team of Jim Auch, Bob Blazer, Marty Hicks and Dan Richardson combined on a 4-under-par 28 to earn clubhouse bragging rights for the day.
Three teams advanced from pool play in Jan. 18 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Bob Mason and John Crawford drew the lucky bye into the finals. Dom Livedoti and Bob Lee rolled into the finals with an easy 21-3 drubbing of Gene Bobeldyk and Bob Brown. It was more of the same in the finals as Livedoti and Lee easily dispatched Mason and Crawford 21-5 to earn the day’s bragging rights.
Action Jan. 21 saw Livedoti back in the winner’s circle, this time partnering with Myles Macleod to forge the only 3-0 pool-play record.
Warmups begin at 8:45 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits.