Youth, adults NFL Flag Football continues at center
The NFL Flag Football League at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, completed its second week of the season. Some separation is building between the top and the bottom of the standings.
In the 8-10 division, the Buccaneers sit atop the standings with a 3-0 record, closely followed by the 2-0 Chiefs and the 2-1 Lions. Meanwhile, the Bears, Dolphins, Seahawks and Vikings are still looking for their first victory.
The Lions shutout the Vikings 18-0 Jan. 19 in the first 8-10 division game of the week behind a strong game from Anthony Monetti. Monetti ran for two touchdowns, while also adding three flag pulls and an interception on defense. Lincoln Sauls scored the other touchdown to complete the Lions scoring. Jordan Pasco sparked the strong defensive effort with a pair of interceptions in the victory.
The Chiefs doubled up the Dolphins 24-12 in 8-10 action Jan. 22 behind three touchdowns from Cole Pearson. Pearson ran for two scores while also catching a touchdown pass from Parker Story.
Thomas Heckler threw two touchdown passes to lead the Dolphins, which received a touchdown each from Travis Bates and Michael Pears in the loss.
The Buccaneers steamrolled the Dolphins 41-6 to open 8-10 division action Jan. 23. Ashton Hoy ran for one touchdown and threw for two scores to lead the Buccaneers, which received touchdown receptions from Caleb O’Connor and Jeremiah Sculco. Payton Harlan and Collin Breslin ran for one touchdown each in the victory. Sculco and O’Connor chipped in with interceptions to pace the defense.
The second game of the evening saw the Chiefs slay the Lions 21-12 behind two touchdown receptions from Parker Story and a touchdown run from Pearson. Tristan Starkey added a pair of extra points to complete the Chiefs scoring. Cailyn Connor had an interception and Pearson made four flag pulls to pace the defensive effort.
The Lions were led in the loss by Luke Bisio, who threw two touchdown passes to Anthony Monetti.
The 11-13 division is coming up similar with the Dolphins and Saints at 2-0 and the 1-0 Colts close behind. The Buccaneers, Lions, Seahawks and Cowboys are all still searching for a victory on the young season.
The Dolphins edged the Lions 21-18 Jan. 19 to open 11-13 division action for the week. Blake Battle ran for three touchdowns and Javier Rivera added three extra points to lead the Dolphins to victory. Travis Viera led the defense with five flag pulls and an interception.
Chris Snyder paced the Lions with three rushing touchdowns in the loss. Colin Snyder and Blake Bailas paced the Lions defense with three flag pulls each, while Bailas added an interception.
The second 11-13 game of the evening saw the Colts edge the Cowboys 19-12 behind touchdown runs from Ava Zink and Jackie Schlossberg. Joe Rogers had two interceptions in the victory, including one he returned for a touchdown to complete the Colts scoring.
Shawn Balvin and Brandon Yost each scored one touchdown to lead the Cowboys on offense, while Cole Murphy’s interception paced the defense in the loss.
The 11-13 division Saints rolled over the Seahawks 32-13 Jan. 23. Jackson Hayes ran for four touchdowns and Morgan Horesh added one to lead the Saints offense, which also received extra points from Tuna McCracken and Eli Brashear. Hannah McCracken paced the defense in the victory with five flag pulls and a pair of sacks.
The 14-17 division is tight. The Falcons are on top with a 2-0 record while the Ravens, Cardinals, Redskins and Eagles are 1-1. The 0-2 Buccaneers bring up the rear in the division standings.
The Eagles opened Jan. 20 action with a 36-21 victory over the Buccaneers behind Jaret Rojas, who threw for two touchdowns and caught a pair of touchdowns. Edward Cullinan and Anthony Maninno each threw for one score and caught a touchdown. Ryan Doyle added one touchdown reception to complete the Eagles scoring in the victory.
Zack Stewart threw for two scores and added a touchdown run to lead the Buccaneers offense, which also received a pair of touchdown receptions from Cameron Pasco in the loss.
The Falcons edged the Ravens 28-20 in the second game of the evening behind three touchdown passes from Andrew Zink to Leo Rose. Rose added three extra points, while Lane Burnett chipped in with a touchdown run and an extra point in the victory.
Cody Tsai threw for two touchdowns, one to Leo Tilelli and one to Joey Harris, who also added an extra point in the loss.
The final 14-17 division game of the evening saw the Redskins defeat the Cardinals 35-29 behind four touchdown passes from Alex Martinez. Chris Johnson had two touchdown receptions and a pair of extra points, while Lucas Paquin added one touchdown reception and two extra points. Jacob Robertson completed the scoring in the victory with a touchdown run, a touchdown reception and an extra point.
The Cardinals were led by three touchdown passes from Joey Stewart. He connected with Bathie Thiam, Tyler Pearson and Jacob Kiester. Kiester added a touchdown run, while Pearson added an extra point and Thiam had a two-point conversion in the loss.
Adults play, too
Adult flag football at the center moved into its third week of action in divisions for players 18-and-over and 30-and-over.
The 18-plus division has Slim’s Place Falcons on top of the standings with a 3-0 record, followed closely by the Saints, Giants and Salty Printing Bengals with matching 2-1 records. Sugar Beach Digital Patriots, Sato Real Estate Rams and the Dolphins follow with 1-2 records, while the 0-3 Colts are on the bottom.
Jan. 21 action saw the Giants shut out Sugar Beach Digital Patriots 39-0, Salty Printing Bengals edged the Saints 28-21 and the Dolphins destroyed the Colts 41-12, but the game of the week saw Slim’s Place Falcons slip past Sato Real Estate Rams by a 32-28 score.
Ray Gardner paced the Falcons with 90 rushing yards and a touchdown while also catching four passes for 39 yards and three touchdowns. Quarterback Don Purvis threw for 145 yards and three touchdown passes while also scoring an extra point.
The Rams were led by Brandon Hartwig who had three touchdown receptions and Josh Sato, who threw for 75 yards and a pair of touchdowns while also rushing for 37 yards. Matt Ray completed the Rams scoring with a touchdown reception in the loss.
The 30-plus division has the Raiders and Chargers leading the standings with 3-0 records, followed by the Chiefs at 2-1. The Packers are 1-2, while Agnelli Pool & Spa Giants and Tyler’s Ice Cream Vikings are in search of a win.
During Jan. 22 action, the Chiefs rolled past the Giants 33-12, the Raiders shut out the Vikings 49-0 and the Chargers outscored the Packers 46-21.
The Chargers were led by Don Purvis who threw for 246 yards and five touchdown passes. Scott Rudacille was his favorite target with seven catches for 137 yards and one touchdown reception. Shay Coleman had six catches for 34 yards, including a pair of touchdowns and three extra points.
Chuck Bucky threw for 236 yards and three touchdown passes to Scott Elisio who finished with eight catches for 159 yards in the loss.
Two teams emerged from pool play and met in the finals during Jan. 21 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. Bob Mason and Dennis Vanegas defeated Bill Wright and Bruce Munro 21-13 to earn the day’s bragging rights.
Three teams advanced to the playoffs Jan. 24. Herb Puryear and Dom Livedoti drew the bye and watched as Bob Palmer walked to the finals with a 23-6 victory over Bob Lee and Jim Kleiner. Palmer stayed hot in the finals, rolling to a 21-9 victory over Puryear and Livedoti.
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. and everyone is welcome to play.
Key Royale golf news
The Key Royale Club women played a nine-hole, low-net-in-flights golf match Jan. 20. Judy Christensen took first place in Flight A with a 2-under-par 30, two shots ahead of Phyllis Roe and Pam Alvord, who tied for second place with matching even-par 32s.
Sue Wheeler’s 4-under-par 28 gave her first place in Flight B. Roxanne Koche was alone in second place with a 3-under-par 29, while Sara Falk took third place with a 1-under par 31.
Flight C went to Jan Turner who carded a 2-under-par 30. Sally Martin’s even-par 32 gave her second place, while Beth Lindeman took third place at 35.
Penny Auch carded a 4-under-par 28, one shot better than Sally Keyes in second place.
Sue Wheeler, Judy Squire and Sue Christensen all had chipins on the day.