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Dylan Doyle sweeps around the right end during NFL flag football action at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. Islander Photos: Kevin Cassidy
Tyler Pearson uses a Dolphin defender’s face to help haul in a touchdown pass during flag football action.
It was another week of NFL flag football action for the kids at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, where three games were decided by two points or less.
The season is more than half over, so jockeying for a favorable seed is under way. One of the really close games was Tortilla Bay Dolphins, undefeated in the 8-9 division thanks to a 20-19 win over last-place BeachHouse Cardinals Feb. 3. The Cardinals were driving toward a score when they simply ran out of time and just missed out on a huge upset victory.
Ethan Bertrand had a big game for the Fins, rushing for 90 yards, while also catching passes good for 21 yards, including a touchdown and what turned out to be an important two-point conversion. Bertrand also came through on defense with an interception to go with his two flag pulls. Dylan Doyle also had a great game, scoring two touchdowns with 27 receiving yards and 44 yards on the ground. Quarterback Joey Stewart threw for 60 yards, while Ryan Doyle finished with 29 rushing and receiving yards. Corbin Gregg and Ryan and Dylan Doyle each contributed two flag pulls for the Dolphin defense.
The Cardinals ran for more than 200 yards led by Masen Blandord’s 92 rushing yards. Tyler Pearson ran for 65 yards, including a touchdown and an extra point, while Alexander Buttram ran for 46 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Buttram also led the Cardinal’s defense with four flag pulls, while Pearson had three and Cameron Pasco and Brooke Capparelli each finished with two pulls in the loss.
The 10-12 division game of the week saw Mr. Bones Bengals edge Ross Built Raiders 14-12 Feb. 2 thanks to a strong all-around game from Logan Reiber.
Reiber accounted for all of the Bengals scoring and they came from both sides of the ball. He scored an offensive touchdown while totaling 65 yards of offense, but he really came through on defense. Reiber returned an interception for a touchdown and had a sack that produced a safety, and a game-high nine flag pulls. Jean-Paul Russo added an interception on defense and added 45 receiving yards. Noah Connors completed 9 of 16 passes for 100 yards, while Chris Gunn added 22 receiving yards to round out the Bengals offense.
The Raiders were led by Jack Shinn, who ran for 86 yards and a touchdown on offense, while contributing seven flag pulls on defense. Jake and Andrew Ross added three flag pulls apiece, while Joey Cucci returned an interception for a touchdown to complete the Raider scoring in its first loss of the season.
The Anna Maria Oyster Bar Panthers held off Lapensee Plumbing Ravens 19-18 in 13-16 division action Feb. 3. Quarterback Christian Hightower had a good game, completing 14 of 25 passes for 162 yards and three touchdowns. Liam Cassidy was on the receiving end of two of those throws, while Jordan Grabski had one touchdown reception to go along with 106 receiving yards. Grabski also contributed a pair of interceptions and two flag pulls to the Panther defensive effort that saw Hightower and James Hardy get two flag pulls and Lauren Hightower get a quarterback sack.
Chris Pate led the Ravens offensive attack with 102 combined passing, rushing and receiving yards to go along with one touchdown. Tommy Price added 92 yards of total offense and a touchdown, while Hunter Parrish finished with 22 receiving yards and a touchdown.
Alex Berhard led the Raven defense with an interception, QB sack and three flag pulls. Price and Olivia Roemer added two flag pulls, while Pate and Parrish finished with one pull apiece in the loss.
The Bengals squeaked past the Cowboys 25-20 Feb. 4 in adult division action. Quarterback Scott Dell completed 16 of 25 passes for 256 yards and four touchdowns in the victory. He connected with Billy Malfese for two touchdowns, an extra point and 67 yards, while also hooking up with Andy Jonatzke for two TDs and 49 receiving yards.
The Bengals’ defensive effort was led by Malfese with two flag pulls and an interception. Tyler Bekkerus added one flag pull and an interception in the victory.
David Zaccagnino completed 11 of 13 passes for 168 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Cowboys, which also received a pair of touchdown receptions from Jesse Brisson and one from David Johnston. Heidi Johnston completed one pass for 12 yards, while also catching a two-point conversion.
Nate Talucci led the Cowboys with three flag pulls, while Zaccagnino added two pulls and a sack in the loss.
Key Royale golf news
The men of the Key Royale Club played an 18-hole, individual-low-net golf game Feb. 3. Dick Eichhorn fired a 2-under-par 62 to take first place by one stroke over second-place finisher Vince Mercadante. Three shots back and tied for third with matching 65s were Dick Ware and Dick Grimme.
The women of the Key Royale Club played a nine-hole, low-net game Feb. 2. Flight A winner was Diane Miller, who carded a 48 to finish three shots ahead of second-place finisher Beverly Neville. Flight C winner was Sue Wheeler, who fired a 46 to finish in front of second-place finisher Sally Martin at 62. Nell Bergstrom carded a 57 to win Flight D.
The ladies also kept track of low putts for the day. Miller, Wheeler and Martin tied with 18 putts on the round.
The men played a nine-hole, best-ball-of-foursome match Feb. 1. The team of Ed Havlik, Pete Weir, Bill Shuman and Paul Proxy matched the 27 carded by the team of Dana Cessna, Chuck Reed, Carl Wencker and Jim Dunne to finish in a tie for first place.
Horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall pits Feb. 6 saw four teams emerge from pool play to battle for the trophy. Norm Good and Bob Lee squeaked past Gene Bobeldyke and Bob Brown 21-19 in the first semifinal, while Steve Doyle and John Crawford broke a 20-20 tie to defeat Hank Huyghe and Leo Hutton 23-20. Good and Lee took top honors for the day with a close, 21-17 victory over Doyle and Crawford.
The Feb. 3 games also saw four undefeated pool play records. John Crawford, the walking team of one rolled past Leo Hutton and Paul Sheatler 23-7. The second playoff game was close, as Gene Bobeldyke and Kevin Rose edged Bob Mason and Don Buchholtz 21-19. In the end, the walker was too much, as Crawford defeated Bobeldyke and Rose 22-14.
Play gets under way 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.
AMICC NFL Flag Football schedule
Date Time Teams
Feb. 10 6 p.m. Bears vs. Cardinals
Feb. 10 7 p.m. Ravens vs. Patriots
Feb. 12 6 p.m. Bears vs. Patriots
Feb. 12 7 p.m. Ravens vs. Cardinals
Feb. 10 6 p.m. Sandbar vs. Sparks
Feb. 12 6 p.m. BeachHouse vs. Tortilla Bay
Feb. 16 6 p.m. Sandbar vs. BeachHouse
Feb. 10 7 p.m. Norman vs. IRE
Feb. 12 7 p.m. Walter vs. Bones
Feb. 12 8 p.m. Holy Cow vs. IRE
Feb. 16 7 p.m. Norman vs. Ross Built
Feb. 10 8 p.m. Tapes Tennis vs. Oyster Bar
Feb. 16 8 p.m. Galati vs. Lapensee
Adult Coed Division
Feb. 11 6 p.m. Chiefs vs. Lions
Feb. 11 7 p.m. Titans vs. Cowboys
Feb. 11 8 p.m. Bengals vs. Raiders
AMICC NFL Flag Football standings
Team won lost tie points
Dolphins 8 0 0 24
Eagles 4 5 0 12
Saints 3 5 0 9
Cardinals 2 7 0 6
Raiders 7 1 0 21
Bengals 6 2 0 18
Titans 3 4 0 9
Falcons 3 4 0 9
Ravens 3 5 0 9
Cowboys 1 7 0 3
Titans 6 1 0 18
Panthers 3 4 0 9
Raiders 3 4 0 9
Ravens 2 5 0 6
Adult Coed Division
Raiders 5 0 0 15
Titans 3 2 0 9
Chiefs 3 2 0 9
Bengals 3 2 0 9
Cowboys 1 4 0 3
Lions 0 5 0 0