Island Majors hitting their stride
SUN PHOTO/CHRIS GRUMLEY
AMI Video quarterback Tommy Price
looks for a receiver downfield while trying to avoid a blitzing
Island Animal Clinic rusher.
The Community Center’s NFL Flag Football season opened its second season last week, and if the contests were any indication, players and fans are in for another wild ride. Last year’s inaugural run was one of the most popular sports programs offered by the Center, drawing some 50 kids out to participate in the fast-paced game.
This year, the turnout was nearly double that and the first slate of match-ups provided some excellent competition and nail-biting excitement for the fans. All games are played at the athletic fields just north of city hall in Holmes Beach.
Monday April 21
Americo Title Cowboys 56 - Mike Norman Realty Browns 12
The season opener saw the Mike Norman Realty Browns take on an organized Americo Title Cowboys side. Luke Shackleford reached the end zone twice for the Browns, although the team failed to convert its extra points on both occasions. The Cowboys had it all together, with three TDs each by Travis Belsito and Logan Reiber and two more from Jake Parsons. Conversion specialists in this game were Denver Hardy and Zach Stewart.
AMI Video Buccaneers 47 - Island Animal Clinic Falcons 12
The Falcons offensive outfit found it difficult to bypass the Buccaneers defense on this occasion. One offensive touchdown from Chandler Hardy and a well-executed defensive touchdown from Daniel Landsberg was about all it could muster. In reply, The Falcons reached the end zone a total of seven times, with two from Brandon Gengler, Daniel Janisch and Kyle Parsons and one from Tommy Price. Mackenzie Kosfeld had a one point conversion.
Tuesday April 22nd
Ross Built Buccaneers 34 - Sparks Seahawks 18
This is the first time playing Flag Football for some of these players and the formations, tactical plays and rules take some getting used to. Tyler Yavalar, Nicole Sewall and Sophie Bernet each scored a touchdown for the Seahawks. In reply for the Buccaneers Chris Pennewill had two touchdowns, Andrew Ross scored a touchdown and made a one point conversion, Jake Ross scored one TD and Jackson Sauerbeck’s conversion rounded out the scoring as the Ross Built Buccaneers took this one.
Mr. Bones Steelers 33 - Galati Marine Chiefs 32
Chief’s speedy running back Chris Galati scored 31 of his team’s 32 points, with Seth Walters adding a one point conversion in this game. Galati scored five touchdowns as well as a one point conversion and was nearly unstoppable until the end of the game. For the Steelers, Michael Garza had three TDs, while Blaine Jenefsky also had a score, as did Connor Field, who took a handoff at his own two yard line, skirted around right end and ran the length of the field for the game winner with several minutes remaining.
Thursday April 24
LPAC Eagles 25 - Sparks Seahawks 12
With six points for a touchdown a team doesn’t need many without reply in order to build a good early lead. Tyler Yavalar and George Lardas scored the touchdowns for the Seahawks, playing its second game of the week, but the team failed to build. Conversions were elusive for the LPAC Eagles until Brendan Murphy converted the last try of the game. Touchdowns came from Tyler Pearson and Cooper Hardy, both with two as the Eagles take this one.
AMI Video Buccaneers 53 - Pine Ave. Bills 14
Scoring early and often and converting five of eight it was the Buccaneers who found a way through to the end zone against a Pine Ave. Bills side in its first game of the season. Kyle Aritt was the only player to score for the Bills with both an offensive and defensive touchdown and a two point conversion. The Bills were always chasing the game against a solid looking Buccaneers side that had already played and won in the season opener. Daniel Janisch led the way with three touchdowns, while teammate Chris Pate scored twice, Brandon Gengler had a TD and two conversions and Mackenzie Kosfeld looking like the conversion specialist with three extra points.