The Anna Maria Island Sun Newspaper

Vol. 10 No. 17 - January 20, 2010


Flag football teams shaping up

With the first game jitters and mistakes out of the way, most teams were able to make adjustments and improve in their next matchups. Only three teams remain undefeated thus far, with the Tortilla Bay Dolphins, Mr. Bones Bengals and Ross Built Raiders each picking up two wins this week and sitting atop their divisions. Two teams are also without losses in the adult division, as Raiders and Titans are tied for the league lead after big wins this past week. All the stats, standings and other league information can be found at the Community Center’s Web site at

Monday, Jan. 11
Division 3 (8-9)
Tortilla Bay Dolphins 25 - BeachHouse Cardinals 12

Lone touchdowns were scored by Ethan Bertrand, Dylan Doyle, Ryan Doyle and Trent Shackelford in route to the Dolphins 25-12 victory over the Cardinals. Joey Stewart also threw for 74 yards and two touchdowns in the win. The Cardinals received touchdowns from Masen Blandford and Tyler Pearson, who also each rushed for over 100 yards.

Division 2 (10-12)
Mr. Bones Bengals 26 - Island Real Estate Ravens 24

Logan Reiber led the Bengals by accounting for three touchdowns and 100 total yards of offense. Ben Connors also caught a touchdown pass and Chris Gunn scored a pair of extra-point conversions to round out the Bengals scoring. Josh Zawistoski completed 7 of 11 passes and ran for 117 yards and two touchdowns for the Ravens in the close loss. He also threw a pair of touchdown passes to Ati Dattoli and Harrison Franke, as the Ravens picked up their second loss of the year.

Division 1 (13-16)
Galati Yacht Sales Raiders 41 - LaPensee Plumbing Ravens 26

The Raiders scored early and often thanks to a strong team effort and individual performances by Danny Doyle and Aaron VanHook. Doyle threw for 150 yards and had two touchdown passes with VanHook on the receiving end in addition to 175 yards of total offensive production and two interceptions on defense. Chris Galati and Luke Shackelford also reached the end zone to help the Raiders pick up their first win of the season. The Ravens were led by Tommy Price, who threw for three touchdown passes and ran in another. Chris Pate had 90 receiving yards and a pair of touchdown receptions along with a trip to the end zone for Alex Bernhard in the Ravens first loss on the year.

Tuesday, Jan. 12
Division 3 (8-9)
Sandbar Saints 22 - Sparks Steel Art Eagles 19

Michael Latimer had a big game by running for 90 yards and three touchdowns along with 87 passing yards. Andrew Proctor contributed with 100 total yards of offense and Joe Rogers caught a pair of two-point conversions as the Saints picked up their first win. Jack Mello led the Eagles with 167 rushing yards and two trips to the end zone and Dylan Joseph also scored in the close loss.

Division 2 (10-12)
Ross Built Raiders 40 - Holy Cow Cowboys 8

The Raiders racked up 318 yards of offense and scored six touchdowns in the definitive win over the Cowboys. Jake Ross reached pay dirt four times and had 150 combined yards as the leading scorer in the game. The Raiders were led on defense by two interceptions by Tyler Yavalar and pick by Andrew Ross. Jack Shinn threw for two touchdowns and ran in another and Emma Moneuse reached the end zone once to round out the Raiders scoring. The Cowboys main offensive production came from Burke McCampbell-Hill, who had 150 total yards of offense, a touchdown and a two-point conversion. Zach Stewart completed over half of his passes and threw for 117 yards in the tough loss.

Division 1 (13-16)
Anna Maria Oyster Bar Panthers 37 - Tapes Tennis Titans 34

The Panthers were able to hold on for the close victory courtesy of three receiving touchdowns from Nicholas Peters thrown by Christian Hightower. Hightower also completed 15 of 19 passes for 257 yards and five touchdown passes. Jordan Grabski hauled in 147 receiving yards and two scores and Ricky Almodovar contributed with 150 total yards and a touchdown. Peters also intercepted two passes on the day and Lauren Hightower recorded a sack in the win. The Titans were led by a pair of touchdowns from Austin Ferrer, who also threw for just under 200 yards and ran for 136 in the game. Kyle Parsons and Max Miller each had just under 100 receiving yards and a trip to the end zone in the close loss.

Wednesday, Jan. 13
Division 3 (8-9)
Sparks Steel Art Eagles 36 - BeachHouse Cardinals 24

Jack Mello ran for 130 yards and a touchdown and Dylan Joseph had 96 yards and a score to help the Eagles to victory. Joseph and Leo Rose were able to come up with interceptions to lead the Eagles defense. Truman Carlsen threw a touchdown pass to Marlin Ellis and Tori Walter also ran for a score as the team improved to 2-1. The Cardinals had a pair of touchdowns from both Tyler Pearson and Giampaolo Nicosia as they fell to 0-3 on the year.

Division 2 (10-12)
Mike Norman Realty Falcons 7 - Island Real Estate Ravens 0

This low-scoring affair saw only one touchdown scored on a pass from Seth Walter to Jake Parsons. Parsons then caught the extra point attempt to make the score 7-0. Both teams’ defenses held strong throughout the whole game as neither managed to score on each other. The Ravens offense could not reach the end zone, but had production by Josh Zawistoski, who also picked off a pass on defense as the Ravens remain without a win.

Division 3 (13-16)
LaPensee Plumbing Ravens 27 - Anna Maria Oyster Bar Panthers 15

The Ravens picked up their second win and currently sit in first place thanks to a big game by Tommy Price, who had two receiving scores and a touchdown pass in the game. Chris Pate had over 150 combined yards of offense and reached the end zone once, and Hunter Parrish also had a touchdown to round out the Ravens scoring. The Ravens defense came up big with an interception by Price and a safety. The Panthers lone offensive touchdown came on a reception from Nicholas Peters and Jordan Grabski picked off two passes and returned one back for a score, as the Panthers fell to 1-2 on the year.

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