Football playoffs, golf plays to fog, muddy horseshoes
The NFL Flag Football League at the Anna Maria Island Community Center got its playoff season underway Feb. 28 with seven win-or-go-home games.
Teams slogged it out in the on-and-off rain that marred the day.
The Eagles outlasted Mark & Jen Bowman Realty Buccaneers 39-32, while LPAC Cardinals outscored Island Mail & More Ravens 42-36 to move into the semifinals — which take place March 3 after press time. LPAC will take on top-seed Redskins, while the Eagles battle Latitude 27 Limousine Falcons.
The 8-10 division played three first-round games Feb. 28, starting with the Seahawks flying past Bowes Imaging Center Lions on an 18-6 score. The second game saw Future Guardian Insurance Chiefs roll past Anna Maria Realty Dolphins by a 24-6 score, while the Bears edged Tyler’s Ice Cream Vikings 15-12.
The Bears’ Keira Johnston ran for a touchdown and caught a two-point conversion, while Gavin Johnston added a touchdown and an extra point in the victory.
Gavin Johnston added three flag pulls and an interception to lead the defense, which also received an interception from Charlie Faul.
Tyler’s was led in the loss by Anthony Neguyen and Max Higgins, who scored a touchdown each. Ava Alderson led the Vikings with four flag pulls.
The Seahawks now take on the No. 1 Buccaneers on 6 p.m. Friday, March 6, while Future Guardian Insurance Chiefs take on the Bears at 7 p.m.
The 11-13 division also saw three playoffs, including a 42-36 win for Amanda Richards Salon Cowboys over the Lions. The Dolphins edged the Colts 20-14.
The Buccaneers doubled up on the Swordfish Grill Seahawks 26-13 behind a strong all-around game from Andrew Proctor. Proctor ran for a touchdown, had a touchdown reception and took an interception back for a defensive touchdown to lead the Bucs to victory. Tyler Brewer added a touchdown reception, while Andrew Zoller and Daniel Zoller both added interceptions on defense.
Ben Barreda led Swordfish Grill with two touchdown receptions and Matthew Wood chipped in with an extra point in the loss.
Amanda Richards Salon Cowboys now has their sights on the top-seed Saints for a matchup at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 5, while the Buccaneers will take on the Dolphins at 8 p.m. Friday, March 6, for a spot in the Super Bowl.
Key Royale golf news
The men of Key Royale Club got out for a nine-hole, low-net of partner’s golf match the morning of Feb. 23. The team of Chet Hutton and Jim Auch combined on a 9-under-par 55 to take first place by one stroke over Hugh Holmes Sr. and Hugh Holmes Jr.
Later in the day, the men played a nine-hole, modified Stableford System or quota points match. Earl Ritchie was the individual champ with a score of plus-9, while Dale Johnson was one point back in second.
However, Johnson’s score helped his team —Jack Isherwood, Bob O’Brien and Chuck Ferguson — to the team title with a combined score of plus-7. The team of Barry Anderson, Mike Gillie and Dan Richardson were second with a score of plus-4.
Forty-one women took on the foggy links Feb. 24 in a nine-hole, blind-draw scramble.
The team of Helen Pollock, Deb Wohlers, Christina Mason and Pam Alvord took first place with a score of 3-under-par 29. Sue Wheeler, Jana Samuels, Markie Ksiazek and Willa Barkley took second with an even-par 32.
Barkley helped her team’s cause with chipins on the first and fifth holes.
Pool play took on a whole new meaning during Feb. 28 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. Heavy rains forced a delay, but the hearty regulars stuck it out.
As play resumed and the mud was flying, Sam Samuels and Hank Huyghe managed the only 3-0 record during pool play and were the day’s outright champions.
Two teams emerged from pool play Feb. 25. Tim Sofran and Dom Livedoti edged Bill Wright and Bob Lee 21-19 to earn bragging rights for the day.
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.
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AMICC NFL Youth Flag Football division schedules
March 6 6 p.m. Buccaneers vs. Seahawks
March 6 7 p.m. Future Guardian Ins. vs. Bears
March 13 6 p.m. Super Bowl
March 5 6 p.m. Saints vs. Seahawks
March 6 8 p.m. Buccaneers vs. Lions
March 13 7 p.m. Super Bowl
March 3 7 p.m. Redskins vs. LPAC
March 3 8 p.m. Latitude27 Limousine vs. Eagles
March 13 8 p.m. Super Bowl