Browns bounce back, Bears bomb
Scott Dell | Submitted
Nathan Hyman, of the Lobstahs Browns, sweeping to
the right sideline past the Coastal Orthopedics Bears
players during AMICC NFL flag football action.
Bombs were blazing at the Anna Maria Island Community Center for the Sun sports game of the week. The deep pass, AKA the bomb, was used often in the final minutes of the featured game between the Coastal Orthopedics Bears and the Lobstahs restaurant Browns in eight-to ten-year-old flag football action.
The Coastal Orthopedics Bears started with the ball on offense. Two consecutive running plays to Jackson Hayes picked up a first down and got the team to the 19-yard line. On third and goal from the 10-yard line, Morgan Horesh intercepted a pass in the end zone to stop the Bears drive.
The Bears defense held the Lobstahs restaurant Browns to a three and out and gave the ball back to the Bears offense. On the very first play, Jackson Hayes took a handoff and swept left down the sideline and in for the 45 yard touchdown. The extra point was no good, 6-0.
The Browns needed a big play on offense to get things rolling and got one when quarterback Nathan Hyman threw a 21-yard third down pass to Parker Storey to pick up the needed first down. Two plays later Hyman found Morgan Horesh in the endzone for a 16-yard touchdown pass. The two-point conversion was good when Hyman connected with Horesh again and gave the Browns the lead, 8-6. The score remained the same at halftime.
The Browns start with the ball on offense in the second half. Hyman had a 25-yard run that got his team within striking distance. On third and goal from the five-yard line, Hyman again connected with Horesh for the TD. The two-point conversion was no good, 14-6.
The score remained the same in a defensive battle all the way until only one minute and 43 seconds remained. The Browns defense was led by interceptions by Jack Barnes and Nathan Hyman. While the Bears defense was led by Adam Carlson with three flag pulls and Jackson Hayes with four pulls.
With less than two minutes left in the game, quarterback Tuna McCracken started his aerial attack. He threw his first bomb to Jackson Hayes, who got behind the defenders, for the 45-yard touchdown. The two-point conversion was good when McCracken found Gavin Johnston in the endzone and tied the game 14-14.
The Browns bounced back with one minute and 19 seconds remaining, and Hyman threw a 13-yard strike to Jack Barnes in the back right corner for the TD. The extra point was good on a Hyman pass to Horesh and gave the lead back to the Browns, 21-14.
After a 13-yard pick on a McCracken to Johnston pass, McCracken went over the top again. Hayes ran a nice double move, stop and go pattern, which again got him behind the defense and caught the 32-yard bomb for another TD. The extra point was good on a McCracken to Hayes down and out pass and tied the game 21-21 with only 56 seconds left.
The Browns used a little trick play where Horesh threw a pass to Hyman who zigzagged 32 yards. With first and goal from the 17-yard line and only 31 seconds left, it looked as if the Browns were going to score and win, but McCracken had different plans for the Bears team. On the next play, McCracken came up with a big interception that gave the Bears back the ball.
With only 21 seconds left, McCracken again threw the bomb pass to a streaking Hayes on a post pattern who took it 34 yards to the house and the go ahead touchdown. The extra-point was no good and the Bears took the lead 27-21.
The Browns still had 21 seconds left, but could not capitalize and went three and out. This exciting game saw four touchdowns scored with less than two minutes in the game and left the fans applauding both teams after the game was finished. The Bears won with a final score 27-21.
Adult co-ed league Results
Beach to Bay Construction Ravens 27
BY Construction Bears 12
Florida Discount Signs Colts 35
Slim’s Place Patriots 14
Waterfront restaurant Dolphins 43
Harrington House Bucs 18
Southern Greens Seahawks 26
Duncan Real Estate Cardinals 14
Duffy’s Tavern Raiders 26
Lobstahs Lions 21
Agnelli Pools & Spa Giants 47
Sato Real Estate Browns 24
The Island Sun Bills 34
Tyler’s Ice Cream Vikings 20
Adult co-ed Flag Football Schedule
Jan. 16, Wednesday, 7 p.m., Slim’s Place Patriots vs. Harrington House Bucs
Jan. 16, Wednesday, 8 p.m., Waterfront Restaurant Dolphins vs. Agnelli Pools & Spa Giants
Jan. 16, Wednesday, 9 p.m., Sato Real Estate Browns vs. Lobstahs Lions
Jan. 17, Thursday, 6 p.m., The Island Sun Bills vs. BY Construction Bears
Jan. 17, Thursday, 7 p.m., Beach to Bay Construction Ravens vs. Duffy’s Tavern Raiders
Jan. 17, Thursday, 8 p.m., Florida Discount Signs Colts vs. Southern Greens Seahawks
Jan. 17, Thursday, 9 p.m., Tyler’s Ice Cream Vikings vs. Duncan Real Estate Cardinals
14 –17-Year-Olds Flag Football Results
West Coast Surf Shop Bucs 33
Walter & Associates Bears 32
Integrity Sound Falcons 49
Eat Here Packers 14