Lobstahs Buccaneers win nail-biter
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J.P Russo, of the Lobstahs Bucs, runs past defender
John Smith, of Beach Bums Ravens, during Saturday’s
AMICC 11-13-year-old flag football action.
The Sun sports game of the week was an Anna Maria Island Community Center 11-to-13-year-old divisional matchup between the Beach Bums Ravens and the Lobstahs Buccaneers. The two evenly matched teams going into the Saturday’s game were in a tie for third place.
The Lobstahs Buccaneers struck first on a touchdown run by J.P Russo. The extra-point was good when quarterback Joe Rogers passed to Russo, 7-0 Bucs.
The Beach Bums Ravens immediately evened the score when quarterback Mathew Manger-Denigris connected with John Smith for the touchdown pass. The extra-point failed, 7-6 Bucs.
The Bucs marched right back and scored when Rogers found Russo in the end zone for the TD pass. Rogers again passed to Russo for the extra-point, 14-6 Bucs.
The Ravens answered with their own scoring duo when Manger-Denigris passed to Smith for their second TD of the half. The two-point conversion was good when they both connected again in the end zone and evened the game at 14-14.
With one minute left in the half, the Ravens took the lead on a first down Manger-Denigris long 45 yard touchdown pass to Dylan Doyle. Brother, Ryan Doyle caught the two-point conversion and gave the Ravens the lead 22-14.
With only 19 seconds left in the half, the Bucs went three and out. The Ravens looked to try and put one more score on the board before the half, but J.P Russo came up with a huge interception for the Bucs at mid-field. With four seconds left on the clock, Rogers found his favorite target Russo on a crossing route pass. Russo turned on the jets and took it in for the 30 yard touchdown. The extra-point was no good when John Smith intercepted the pass. 22-21 Ravens at the half.
After both offenses went three and out to start the second half, the Bucs took the lead again when Rogers passed to Trevor Meek for the 12-yard touchdown. The extra-point was no good when Troy Cleland got the interception for the Ravens. 26-22 Bucs.
The Bucs defense held strong again when Noah Heskin made a nice play and batted down a Ravens pass. The Bucs offense seized the opportunity, and on the first play, Rogers connected with Russo again for the 45-yard TD catch and run. The extra point was good on a nice catch by Meek, 33-22 Bucs.
With six and a half minutes left in the game, Dylan Doyle made a huge interception in the end zone for the Ravens when it looked like the Bucs were going to score and put the game out of reach. This changed the momentum and on the Raven’s first down Manger-Denigris passed to Dylan Doyle for the 45-yard TD. The extra-point was no good, 33-28 Bucs lead.
The Ravens defense held strong and gave their offense back the ball and a chance to take back the lead with just over two minutes left in the game. On a desperate third and goal from the 18-yard line, Manger-Denigris threw a jump ball pass in the end zone to Steele Quinard with only one minute and 40 seconds to play. The extra-point failed but the Ravens led 34-33.
The Bucs offense stayed cool and methodically moved the ball down field. With 35 seconds left Russo took a handoff and ran the left side sweep for the touchdown. Rogers connected with Russo for the two-point conversion and the lead 41-34.
The Ravens still had 35 ticks on the clock and two timeouts remaining but it didn’t take that long. Manger-Denigris went zigzagging the entire 45-yard length of the field on a quarterback run option for the touchdown. The ravens needed the extra-point for the tie but fell short when the Bucs defense forced the incomplete pass.
With only 21 seconds remaining in the game the Ravens still had two timeouts and were able to force the Bucs to a three and out. This only left the Ravens offense with one second left in the game though. The Ravens tried the Hail Mary pass, but Russo knocked it down and sealed the nail-biter win for the Lobstahs Buccaneers 41-40.
Adult co-ed Flag Football Results
Southern Greens Seahawks 26
The Island Sun Bills 12
Sato Real Estate Browns 27
Harrington House Bucs 18
BY Construction Bears 34
Tyler’s Ice Cream Vikings 26
Adult co-ed Flag Football Schedule
Feb. 20, Wednesday, 7 p.m., Beach to Bay Construction Ravens vs. Sato Real Estate Browns
Feb. 20, Wednesday, 8 p.m., Southern Greens Seahawks vs. Slim’s Place Patriots
Feb. 20, Wednesday, 9 p.m., Agnelli Pools & Spa Giants vs. Harrington House Bucs
Feb. 21, Thursday, 6 p.m., BY Construction Bears vs. Duncan Real Estate Cardinals
Feb. 21, Thursday, 7 p.m., Lobstahs Lions vs. Waterfront Restaurant Dolphins
Feb. 21, Thursday, 8 p.m., Tyler’s Ice Cream Vikings vs. Florida Discount Signs Colts
Feb. 21, Thursday, 9 p.m., The Island Sun Bills vs. Duffy’s Tavern Raiders
14-17-Year-Olds Flag Football Results
Lobstahs Colts 26
Eat Here Packers 14
West Coast Surf Shop Bucs 34
Beach to Bay Construction Browns 21
Integrity Sound Falcons 25
Walter & Associates Bears 12
Lobstahs Colts 12
West Coast Surf Shop Bucs 7
Walter & Associates Bears 32
Lobstahs Colts 13
14-17-Year-Olds Flag Football schedule
Feb. 25, Monday, 8 p.m., Lobstahs Colts vs. Integrity Sound Falcons
Feb. 26, Tuesday, 6 p.m., Integrity Sound Falcons vs. West Coast Surf Shop Bucs
Feb. 26, Tuesday, 7 p.m., Beach to Bay Construction Browns vs. Eat Here Packers
Feb. 26, Tuesday, 8 p.m., Lobstahs Colts vs. Walter & Associates Bears
11-13-Year-Olds Flag Football Results
Mr. Bones Colts 31
Lobstahs Bucs 18
Ross Built Construction Dolphins 48
Lobstahs Bucs 24
Holy Cow Ice Cream Cardinals 41
Walter & Associates Bears 6
Lobstahs Bucs 41
Beach Bums Ravens 40
Mr. Bones Colts 26
Walter & Associates Bears 19
Ross Built Construction Dolphins 41
Edgewater Realty Jaguars 20
11-3-Year-Olds Flag Football schedule
Feb. 22, Friday, 8 p.m., Holy Cow Ice Cream Cardinals vs. Ross Built Construction Dolphins
Feb. 25, Monday, 6 p.m., Edgewater Realty Jaguars vs. Walter & Associates Bears
Feb. 25, Monday, 7 p.m., Beach Bums Ravens vs. Mr. Bones Colts
8 –10-Year-Olds Flag Football Results:
Lobstahs Browns 13
Beach Bistro Bucs 12
Manatee Cancer Center Dolphins 20
Miller Electric Chargers 14
Coastal Orthopedics Bears 25
Tyler’s Ice Cream Vikings 6
Coastal Orthopedics Bears 27
Beach Bistro Bucs 6
Air & Energy Jets 19
LPAC Cardinals 12
8 –10-Year-Olds Flag Football schedule
Feb. 20, Wednesday, 6 p.m., Coastal Orthopedics Bears vs. Lobstahs Browns
Feb. 22, Friday, 6 p.m., Beach Bistro Bucs vs. Tyler’s Ice Cream Vikings
Feb. 22, Friday, 7 p.m., Miller Electric Chargers vs. LPAC Cardinals
5 –7-Year-Olds Flag Football Schedule
Feb. 22, Friday, 6 p.m., Lobstahs Broncos vs. Tyler’s Ice Cream Vikings
Adult co-ed Volleyball schedule
Feb. 26, Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. – fourth seeded team vs. first seeded team – playoffs
Feb. 26, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. – third seeded team vs. second seeded team – playoffs
Feb. 26, Tuesday, 8:30 p.m. – winner of game one vs. winner of game two – championship