Playoffs loom in center-NFL Flag Football youth league
The NFL Flag Football youth teams at the Anna Maria Island Community Center are winding down to the last few weeks of regular season and already looking ahead to the playoffs. Teams are jockeying for optimal position in the division standings with the hope of a playoff run and a championship trophy.
In the 8-10 division, the Buccaneers are on top of the standings with a perfect, 6-0 record, but the team’s position is not set in stone. Future Guardian Insurance Chiefs are right on their heels with a 4-1 record, closely followed by the 4-2 Bears. Bowes Imaging Lions lurk with a 3-2 record, with the Seahawks close behind at 3-4. Anna Maria Island Realty Dolphins at 0-5 and Tyler’s Ice Cream Vikings at 0-6 complete the 8-10 standings.
The Seahawks moved up with a pair of wins last week. They shut out Tyler’s Ice Cream Vikings 31-0 Feb. 12 and followed up with a 14-0 win Feb. 13 over the Dolphins.
The second game of that evening saw the Buccaneers defeat the Bears 32-18 behind three rushing touchdowns from Quinton O’Connor and a running-receiving touchdown from Jeremiah Sculco.
The Bears were led by Gavin Johnston’s two rushing touchdowns and a touchdown pass to Charlie Faul.
The 11-13 division also has an unbeaten team in the 4-0 Saints on top of the standings. They are closely followed by the 4-1 Dolphins, the 2-1 Buccaneers and the 2-2 Lions. The Colts, Swordfish Grill Seahawks and Amanda Richardson Salon Cowboys each have one victory.
The Lions devoured the Colts by a 41-25 score during 11-13 division action Feb. 13 behind Chris Snyder, who totaled four touchdowns. Blake Bailas added a touchdown and a pair of extra points on offense, while adding an interception return for a touchdown on defense.
The Colts were led by Ava Zink, who ran for one touchdown and caught another. Zink also connected with Joe Rogers for a touchdown pass in the loss, while Jackie Schlossberg added a touchdown run.
The Redskins are on top of the 14-17 division standings with a 5-1 record. Latitude 27 Limousine Falcons and the Eagles are both a game back with 4-2 records, while Island Mail & More Ravens are another game back at 3-3. LPAC Cardinals follow with a 2-4 record, while Jen & Mark Bowman Realty Buccaneers are still in search of a win.
The Eagles soared past LPAC Cardinals 51-39 Feb. 10 during 14-17 division action, while the Redskins edged Latitude 27 Limousine Falcons in the second game of the evening. Alex Martinez did most of the damage for the Redskins, with three rushing touchdowns, while Chris Johnson and Jacob Robertson each added an extra point in the victory.
Latitude 27 Limousine Falcons were led by quarterback Andrew Zink’s two touchdown passes. He connected with Lane Burnett and Leo Rose, who also added extra points in the loss.
Look online at www.islander.org for sports schedules. Also, The Islander welcomes photos from parents for inclusion in the weekly sports report.
The Anna Maria Island Horseshoe group will host its second annual Ron Pepka Memorial Horseshoe Tournament at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at Anna Maria City Hall’s horseshoe pits.
In horseshoe news, four teams advanced to the knockout round during Feb. 11 action at the pits.
The team of Bob Mason and Don Buchholtz rolled past Hank Huyghe and Dave Kimball 22-9, while Bob Palmer and Sam Samuels earned their way to the finals thanks to a 21-9 victory over Bruce Munro and Bob Lee. Palmer- Samuels rolled to a 23-10 victory over Mason-Buchholtz in the finals.
Three teams advanced to the playoffs during Valentine’s Day action at the pits. Tim Sofran and Bill Fox drew the bye into the finals and watched as Bob Mason and Hank Huyghe took out Jim Kleiner and Dave Kimball 21-10 in the semifinals. Mason and Huyghe stayed hot in the championship game, rolling past Sofran-Kimball by a 21-10 score.
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.
Adult football news
The adult NFL Flag Football league just passed the halfway point of its season, with Slim’s Place Falcons on top of the 18-and-over division with a 6-0 record. The Falcons hold a two-game lead over the Saints and a three-game lead over the 3-3 Sato Real Estate Rams, Dolphins, Giants and Salty Printing Bengals. Sugar Beach Digital Patriots follow at 2-4, while the Colts are still in search of a victory on the season.
Poppo’s Chargers and the Raiders are sharing the top of the 30-and-over standings with 5-1 records. The Chiefs follow at 3-3, while the Packers and Tyler’s Ice Cream Vikings sit at 2-4, one game ahead of last place Agnelli Pool & Spa Giants.
The Giants evened their record at 3-3 thanks to a 47-40 victory over Sato Real Estate Rams to open Feb. 11 action. Slim’s Place Falcons remained undefeated after edging the second-place Saints 33-21 in the second game of the evening, while Sugar Beach Digital Patriots defeated the Dolphins 29-20 in the final game of the night.
Tyler’s Ice Cream Vikings handed Poppo’s Chargers their first loss of the season to open Feb. 12 action. The Vikings defeated the division leaders 40-6, while the Raiders gained ground by rolling past Agnelli Pool & Spa Giants with a 42-18 score. The final game of the evening saw the Chiefs outscore the Packers 63-39.
AMICC NFL Flag Football youth schedules
Feb. 20 6 p.m. Titans vs. Colts
Feb. 19 6 p.m. Tyler’s Ice Cream vs. Seahawks vs. Bears
Feb. 20 6 p.m. Buccaneers vs. Bowes Imaging
Feb. 20 7 p.m. Future Guardian Ins. vs. Anna Maria Realty
Feb. 23 6 p.m. Bowes Imaging vs. Buccaneers
Feb. 20 8 p.m. Lions vs. Swordfish Grill
Feb. 21 10 a.m. Colts vs. Saints
Feb. 21 11 a.m. Swordfish Grill vs. Buccaneers
Feb. 21 12 p.m. Amanda Richards Salon vs. Dolphins
Feb. 23 7 p.m. Lions vs. Dolphins
Feb. 23 8 p.m. Colts vs. Amanda Richards Salon
Feb. 21 1 p.m. Island Mail & Moore vs. Eagles
Feb. 21 2 p.m. Redskins vs. Bowman Realty
Feb. 21 3 p.m. Latitude27 Limonsine vs. LPAC