Ugly Grouper hoping for playoff miracle

Ugly Grouper hoping for playoff miracle
The new QB for The Briley Mortgage Team, Jon Moss, is chased out of the pocket by The Ugly Grouper's Colton Fox at The Center during week seven action. - Monica Simpson | Sun

ANNA MARIA – Last Thursday, The Center’s adult co-ed flag football league closed out the regular season with team Luxury Service undefeated with a 7-0 record.

On the flip side of the coin, the Ugly Grouper squad finished without a win.

The two teams meet up in the quarterfinal round of the playoffs on Feb. 3. A playoff miracle for Ugly Grouper is needed against the high-scoring Luxury team.

The Briley team easily defeated the Ugly Grouper lineup last week 41-0, finishing the season with a 4-3 record.

A late player substitution was made to The Briley Mortgage Team roster with the addition of Jon Moss working behind the center as quarterback.

The change led to a passing game with 30 receiving points, including four thrown by Moss and one by Connor Haughey.

On the receiving side of the scoring, the hot hands and body control by Karri Stephens scored 12 points. Stephens had one defensive stop in the game. Jesse Skipper, Mike Bolognone and Haughey each had a six-point catch to help The Briley team capture their fourth win of the season.

Skipper had a single flag pull and a sack. Haughey’s game stats include one receiving reception, a single one-point conversion, seven total catches and stop while on defense.

Topping off the offensive scoring for The Briley Mortgage Team were Jana Whitehead and Alonzo Lemus, each with a point after a touchdown conversion.

The remaining defensive stops included flag pulls by Bolognone, Whitehead and Lemus, with an interception by Lemus.

Despite the loss, the Ugly Grouper players put critical statistics into the books in last week’s game. Kiatrell Zachery led the defense with six flag pulls and one interception.

Credited with an INT while on defense, Limarcus Waller lit up the football field with three catches and four flag pulls.

Daniel O’Connor had two defensive stops, adding to a single by Colton Fox.

Contributing offensively, Zachary Blakeney and Devyn Larson each had a catch for important yardage in the game.

With Jon Moss as the QB for Briley Mortgage Team, there is a potential match-up against family members on team Moss Builders.

Brother Ryan Moss, cousin, Greg Moss, and father, Ed Moss, make up nearly a third of the team that defeated The Banks Home Lending Team on Feb. 23 with a score of 38-19.

Moss Builders finished the season with a 6-1 record and faces Gulf Drive Café in the first round of the adult league playoffs at 6 p.m. on Thursday.

The café team had a single win in the regular season, with a loss handed to them by The Sandbar team in the final week of pre-playoff games.

Almost pulling out a win last week, with the final score 48-41 in Sandbar’s favor, Gulf Drive Café goes into the playoffs as underdogs against the solid Moss squad.

In the final game of the first playoff night, The Briley Mortgage Team snaps against The Sandbar at 9 p.m.


Sun Scoreboard


Feb. 20

8- to 10-year-old league

Week 6



#5 AMI Coconuts (3-3-0) 28

#8 SynLawn (0-6-0) 12



#1 Sato Real Estate (6-0-0) 25

#2 Solid Rock Construction (4-2-0) 13



#3 Island Real Estate (4-2-0) 28

#6 Moss Builders (2-4-0) 6



#4 Westfall’s Lawn Care & Pest Control (4-2-0) 35

#7 Cloud Pest Control (1-5-0) 30



Feb. 21
11- to 13-year-old league



#1 Pineapple Market Place (6-0-0) 34

#3 Moss Builders (4-2-0) 26



#6 Intentional Resilient Intuitive (2-4-0) 25

#7 Sandhoff Construction (1-5-0) 20



#4 Shady Lady Horticultural Services (3-3-0) 45

#8 Chick-Fil-A (1-5-0) 20



#2 Solid Rock Construction (5-1-0) 40

#5 Storage Building Company (2-4-0) 6



Feb. 23
Adult Flag Football – Week 7



#4 The Briley Mortgage Team (4-3-0) 41

#8 Ugly Grouper (0-7-0) 0



#1 Luxury Services (7-0-0) 46

#3 Solid Rock Construction (4-3-0) 28



#5 The Sandbar (3-4-0) 48

#7 Gulf Drive Café (1-6-0) 41



#2 Moss Builders (6-1-0) 38

#6 The BanksHome Lending Team (3-4-0) 19