The Anna Maria Island Sun Newspaper

Vol. 10 No. 20 - February 10, 2010


Mr. Bones knocks off Ross Built

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story

PHOTO/BILLY MALFESE Coach Tyler Bekkerus strategizes
with his Mr. Bones BBQ Bengals team for the upcoming play.

In a week filled with exciting flag football action leading up to the NFL Super Bowl, the Mr. Bones BBQ Bengals team edged out an undefeated Ross Built Raiders team to close the division lead. On Tuesday night, both teams played their hearts out, but the Bengals managed to pull off a 14-12 victory. A pair of crucial touchdowns by Logan Reiber, one on offense and an interception returned back for a score, allowed the Bengals to improve to 6-2 and close the gap behind the 7-1 Raiders. Reiber finished with 65 total yards of offense, nine flag pulls, an interception, one sack and recorded a safety to lead his team. Noah Connors completed nine passes for 100 yards and Jean-Paul Russo also picked off a pass to aid the Bengals in the game. Jack Shinn led the Raiders on offense with 86 rushing yards and a touchdown and Joey Cucci took an interception back to the house to round out the team’s statistical leaders. Both teams will fight for the division lead with only two games left before the playoffs. For more information, statistics, standings and news you can visit

Monday, Feb. 1
Division 3 (8-9)
Tortilla Bay Dolphins 18 - Sparks Steel Art Eagles 12

The Dolphins were able to hold on and remain the only unbeaten team after defeating the Eagles, as the Dolphins improved to 7-0 and the Eagles fell to 4-5. Ethan Betrand led the Dolphins with 101 yards of offense and a pair of touchdowns, one being a pass from Joey Stewart. Ryan Doyle caught a three yard pass for a touchdown and Dylan Doyle recorded six flag pulls and an interception to round out the Dolphins scoring. The Eagles had a big game from Leo Rose who finished with 60 passing yards, one touchdown pass to Dylan Joseph and a 45-yard touchdown reception from Truman Carlsen. William Bernet picked off a pass as well to the Eagles, who currently sit in second place behind the Dolphins.

Division 2 (10-12)
Island Real Estate Ravens 20 - Walter & Associates Titans 12

Josh Zawistoski led his Ravens team to victory, both on offense and on defense. A team high eight flag pulls and two interceptions kept the Titans offense at bay, and he also had a pair of passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown. Ati Dattoli was on the receiving end of Zawistoski’s two scoring drives, as he finished with 25 receiving yards and converted a two-point conversion also. Brandon Blandford had a big game too, intercepting two passes to help the Ravens earn a win. Michael Duffman and Keegan Murphy each had touchdowns for the Titans to keep it close, but four interceptions thrown made it difficult to win. The Ravens finished the week with a 3-5 record and sit just behind the 3-4 Titans.

Division 1 (13-16)
Galati Yacht Sales Raiders 20 - LaPensee Plumbing Ravens 12

Aaron VanHook did most of the damage on offense for the Raiders, finishing with 105 yards of total offense, two touchdowns and a pair of extra point conversions. Danny Doyle completed 14 of 22 passes for 135 yards, along with a touchdown pass to Michael Galati to round out the winning team’s scoring efforts. The Ravens intercepted five passes, four by Tommy Price, but were unable to go home with a victory. Price and Hunter Parrish had touchdowns, but the Raiders still overcame throwing five interceptions and picked up their second win of the year. Chris Pate recorded the other interception, and Alex Bernhard had a strong game with nine flag pulls and a sack, however, the Raiders dropped to 3-4.

Tuesday, Feb. 2
Division 3 (8-9)
BeachHouse Cardinals 32 - Sandbar Saints 26

This high-scoring affair ended with the Cardinals getting the win, despite a big day from the Saints' Michael Latimer who finished with 185 rushing yards and four trips to the end zone. The Cardinals succeeded by running all over the Saints, with Alexander Buttram and Tyler Pearson each finishing with over 130 rushing yards. Buttram managed to score three touchdowns, and Masen Blandford reached pay dirt twice as the team finished with over 300 total rushing yards.

Division 1 (13-16)
Tapes Tennis Titans 38 - Galati Yacht Sales Raiders 28

The Titans improved their record to 7-1 and lead the division over the second place 3-4 Raiders, courtesy of a three rushing touchdown game by Patrick Edwards. Austin Ferrer threw a touchdown each to Chandler Hardy and Kyle Parsons, but also had an interception returned for a touchdown by the Raiders Aaron VanHook. The Titans converted four times on their two-point conversion attempts, twice to Hardy and once each to Parsons and Max Miller. VanHook led the Raiders offense by rushing for 107 yards, scoring a touchdown and recording an extra-point and two-point conversion. Chris Galati caught a pair of touchdown passes from Danny Doyle and had an extra-point in the Raiders loss.

Wednesday, Feb. 3
Division 3 (8-9)
Tortilla Bay Dolphins 20 - BeachHouse Cardinals 19

The Dolphins perfect season nearly came to an end as the Cardinals gave the 8-0 team a run for its money. Ethan Bertrand stood out for the Dolphins as he ran for 90 yards, scored a touchdown and converted the game winning two-point conversion to give the Dolphins the one point lead. Bertrand also intercepted a pass on defense and received help from Dylan Doyle, who had a pair of touchdown receptions which were thrown by Joey Stewart. Alexander Buttram led the Cardinals with two touchdowns, one coming on a short pass from Brooke Capparelli. Tyler Pearson ran for 65 yards, one touchdown and converted an extra-point to give the Cardinals 19 points. Masen Blandford had an interception on defense for the Cardinals as the team fell to 2-7.

Division 2 (10-12)
Mike Norman Realty Falcons 12 - Holy Cow Cowboys 0

The Falcons defense came up big and shut out the Cowboys, thanks to a 10-yard touchdown run by Brandon Mills and pair of interceptions by Morgan Greig. The other Falcons score came on defense when Greig ran an interception back for a pick six. The Cowboys defense held the Falcons to only 96 yards of total offense and managed to gain 170 combined yards. Zach Stewart threw for 90 yards, 62 of which went to Mikey Ellsworth and Burke McCampbell-Hill ran for 65 yards for the Cowboys.

Division 1 (13-16)
Anna Maria Oyster Bar Panthers 19 - LaPensee Plumbing Ravens 18

The Ravens could not convert on the extra-point attempt to tie the game and ultimately were defeated by the Panthers by one point. Christian Hightower led the Panthers by passing for 165 yards and three touchdowns, two to Liam Cassidy and the other to Jordan Grabski. A pair of interceptions by Grabski and sack by Lauren Hightower made the difference on the defensive side of the ball. James Hardy finished with 36 receiving yards and a successful extra-point to summarize the Panthers scoring drives. The Ravens points came from single touchdowns by Tommy Price, Hunter Parrish and Chris Pate. Alex Bernhard came up for the Ravens defense with an interception and a sack. Rainia Lardas also sacked the opposing quarterback but it was not enough as the Ravens fell a game back of the second place Panthers and Raiders.

Upcoming Week’s Games

Wednesday, Feb. 10

6 p.m. – Sandbar Saints vs. Sparks Steel Art Eagles
7 p.m. – Mike Norman Realty Falcons vs. Island Real Estate Ravens
8 p.m. – Tapes Tennis Titans vs. Anna Maria Oyster Bar Panthers

Thursday, Feb. 11

Adult games are rescheduled for Monday, Feb. 15, due to an event at the AMICC.

Friday, Feb. 12

6 p.m. – BeachHouse Cardinals vs. Tortilla Bay Dolphins
7 p.m. – Walter & Associates Titans vs. Mr. Bones BBQ Bengals
8 p.m. – Holy Cow Cowboys vs. Island Real Estate Ravens

Monday, Feb. 15

6 p.m. – Chiefs vs. Lions
7 p.m. – Titans vs. Cowboys
8 p.m. – Bengals vs. Raiders

Tuesday, Feb. 16

6 p.m. – Sandbar Saints vs. BeachHouse Cardinals
7 p.m. – Mike Norman Realty Falcons vs. Ross Built Raiders
8 p.m. – Galati Yacht Sales Raiders vs. LaPensee Plumbing Ravens

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