Fantastic finish for first
The Sun sports game of the week was a thrilling exclamation point to an outstanding Saturday of flag football action. Nine games were played at the Community Center field on Feb. 18 and almost every contest winner was determined within the final few minutes of the games.
None were more exciting than the last of the day. A fantastic finish for first place in the 13-16 year old division between the Integrity Sound Redskins and the Jessie's Island Store Steelers.
Two plays into the Redskin's first drive, Justin Carder threw a slant pass to Joey Carder, who zigzagged in and out of would-be defenders and ran 38 yards for the touchdown. The extra-point was no good, 6-0.
The rest of the first half was dominated by great defensive play. For the Steelers, Knox Wheelis led in flag pulls with five, Michael Duffman had three and Brad Duffman had two and a sack. For the Redskins, Joey Carder had four pulls and two sacks, Ryan Gilman had three pulls and Joseph Andruzzi had two and an interception.
With only 35 seconds left in the first half, the Steelers got the ball back. On the first play, Michael Duffman hit Nehemiah Goode running a sideline go route that took him 45 yards for the touchdown. The extra-point was no good, 6-6 at the half.
The Redskins struck first in the second half after Joseph Andruzzi intercepted a Steelers pass and returned it to mid-field. On third and goal from the two yard line, Joey Carder threw Andruzzi a touchdown pass. The extra-point was no good, 12-6.
The fired-up Steelers marched right back down the field, and on second and goal from the 13-yard line Michael Duffman passed to Cody Tsai in the endzone for the TD. The two-point conversion was completed when M. Duffman found Knox Wheelis in the middle of the endzone, which gave the Steelers the lead for the first time in the game, 14-12.
On the very next play from scrimmage, the resilient Redskins threw a Joey Carder slant pass to Andruzzi, who took it all the way to the house. The extra-point pass was intercepted by Nehemiah Goode, and the Redskins reclaimed the lead with five minutes to go, 18-14.
The Steelers then stormed back right away. After picking up a much needed first down, Michael Duffman took a handoff and ran 15 yards into the endzone for the TD. The Steelers ran a tricky triple reverse pass that had Cody Tsai throw a two-point conversion to M. Duffman, and the Steelers regain the lead, 22-18 with less than three minutes to play.
The Redskins methodically worked their way down the field and chewed up the clock, but left themselves with a long third down and goal from the 18-yard line with only fifty-one seconds left in the game. They had to score on this play if they were going to win. There are no fourth downs in flag football.
The Redskins took a timeout to discuss their final play. Quarterback Joey Carder threw a desperation high jump-ball pass to his favorite target, Andruzzi, who out-jumped two defenders and hauled in the soon to be game winning grab. The extra-point was good when Andrew Zink caught the pass, 25-22.
The Steelers immediately went into the two-minute offense and found their team in almost the exact situation. With third down and goal from the eleven yard line, and only seven seconds left, they had to score on this play to win. The Steelers called time out to discuss the final play of the game. They used a run pass option play to Michael Duffman.
The Redskins defense dropped everyone into coverage and Duffman's only option was to run. He took off to the endzone, and while off balance and spinning to avoid two defenders, dove into the endzone with the ball crossing the goal-line.
Unfortunately for the Steelers, you cannot dive and the spot of the ball is where the feet are in flag football. The Steelers fell short at the two yard line and the fantastic finish kept the Redskins in first place.
Division III (8-9-year-olds) Results:
Beach Bums Steelers 6
Beach Bistro Vikings 27
Pink & Navy Boutique Cowboys 6
Gettel Toyota Texans 19
Southern Greens Jets 6
Beach Bistro Vikings 18
Waterfront Restaurant Raiders 12
Pink & Navy Boutique Cowboys 20
Beach Bistro Vikings 7
Gettel Toyota Texans 14
Southern Greens Jets 12
Beach Bums Steelers 14
Division II (10-12-year-olds) Results:
Sandbar Restaurant Falcons 12
Eat Here Bears 39
LPAC Cardinals 20
Ross Built Construction Broncos 44
Air & Energy Chargers 27
Sandbar Restaurant Falcons 31
Sand Dollar Steelers 29
Mr. Bones Colts 44
Cedars Tennis Resort Seahawks 26
Eat Here Bears 41
Division I (13-16-year-olds) Results:
Mar Vista Raiders 6
Integrity Sound Redskins 46
Galati Yacht Sales Texans 20
First American Bank Ravens 40
Jessie's Island Store Steelers 24
Mar Vista Raiders 27
Walter & Associates Bears 14
First American Bank Ravens 20
Jessie's Island Store Steelers 22
Integrity Sound Redskins 25
Adult Co-Ed Flag Football League Results:
Fin's Bar Bears 13
Galati Yacht Sales Chargers 32
Waterfront Restaurant Bills 23
Coastal Orthopedic Raiders 25
Banana Cabana Bengals 20
Sato Real Estate Browns 42
Agnelli Pool & Spa Packers 25
Tyler's Ice Cream Vikings 27
The Feast Falcons 32
Duffy's Tavern Ravens 43
Florida Discount Signs 49ers 19
Slim's Place Dolphins 32
Beach to Bay Construction Texans 13
Edgewater Real Estate Broncos 40
To view all the adult leagues individual player stats and team standings go to the Community Center's new sports page at hometeamsonline.com/amicc.