Tyler’s Ice Cream warms the crowd
Scott dell | submitted
Tyler’s Ice Cream Vikings quarterback Thomas Heckler
runs for a first down with Cowboys defender Anthony
Monetti coming up fast during AMICC NFL Flag Football action on Friday night.
The Sun sports game of the week was an eight-to-ten-year-old NFL flag football contest between the Miller Electric Cowboys and the Tyler’s Ice Cream Vikings.
On a cold winter’s Friday night at the Community Center, football fans were warmed by an exciting come from behind victory.
The opening drive of the game saw the Miller Electric Cowboys march down the field and then stall at the Vikings four-yard line. The Cowboys were unable to score and the Vikings defense rose to the challenge.
The Cowboys defense held strong, and on the Vikings third offensive possession, Cowboys defender Anthony Monetti intercepted a pass at mid-field. This set up the Cowboys first touchdown of the game.
With third and goal from the 12-yard line, Cowboys quarterback Will Batey threw a pass to Brandon Yost over the middle. Yost cut and weaved through a host of Viking’s defenders to find the end-zone. The extra-point pass was good when Batey threw to Monetti and gave the Cowboys the lead 7-0.
The Vikings had little time left in the first half, but answered with a touchdown of their own. On a third and goal from the 10-yard line and only nine seconds left, Vikings quarterback Thomas Heckler threw a touchdown pass to Tuna McCracken. The extra-point attempt failed and left the score 7-6 Cowboys at the half.
The Tyler’s Ice Cream Vikings started with the ball on offense in the second half. Vikings quarterback Heckler drove his team down field and picked up the first down. On first and goal from the 22-yard line, Heckler threw a bomb over the top of the defense to an open Ava Alderson for the touchdown. The two-point conversion failed and gave the Vikings the lead 12 to 7.
In an exciting turn of momentum, Brandon Yost and the Cowboys answered right back. On their first second half offensive play, Yost took a hand off and bobbed and weaved his way through every Vikings defender to the end zone. Yost ran 45 yards for the touchdown. Vikings defender McCracken brook up the extra-point pass, but gave the Cowboys the lead 13 to 12.
After two immediate scoring drives to open the second half, both defenses calmed the scoring. Neither team would budge and continued to send the opposing offenses to three and outs.
With only two-and-a-half minutes remaining in the game and the Vikings trailing by one point, the offense was running out of chances. On a second down play, Vikings quarterback Thomas Heckler connected on a beautiful deep post pattern with receiver Tuna McCracken. Heckler hit McCracken in full stride more than 20 yards in the air, which is not easy for an eight-to-ten-year-old player. McCracken turned on the jets and ran the last 10 yards into the end-zone for the score. The extra-point pass was good when McCracken threw to Madelyn Rogers and with only one minute left in the game, the Vikings took the lead 19 to 13.
With just over a minute and all of their timeouts left, the Cowboys still had a chance to tie or win the game. The Vikings defense rose to the challenge once again and forced the Cowboys to a three and out. The Vikings offense then ran the clock out and sealed the come from behind victory for them. Final score 19 to 13.
Youth 5-7-Year-Old Flag Football Schedule
Jan. 24, Friday, 6 p.m. – Air & Energy Bucs vs. Beaches Real Estate Packers
Youth 8-10-Year-Old Flag Football Results
Beach Bistro Buccaneers 31
LPAC Cardinals 27
West Coast Air & Heating Dolphins 26 Miller Electric Cowboys 6
Beach Bums Patriots 20
Manatee Diagnostic Ravens 18
Tyler’s Ice Cream Vikings 19
Miller Electric Cowboys 13
Youth 8-10-Year-Old Flag Football Schedule
Jan. 22, Wednesday, 6 p.m. – Beach Bistro Buccaneers vs. West Coast Air & Heating Dolphins
Jan. 24, Friday, 6 p.m. – LPAC Cardinals vs. Tyler’s Ice Cream Vikings
Jan. 24, Friday, 7 p.m. – Miller Electric Cowboys vs. Manatee Diagnostic Ravens
Jan. 27, Monday, 6 p.m. Beach Bistro Buccaneers vs. Beach Bums Patriots
Youth 11-13-Year-Old Flag Football Results:
LPAC Cardinals 14
Bark & Company Realty Ravens 7
Sandbar Colts 42
Eat Here Redskins 19
Beach to Bay Bucs 19
Will C. Photos Falcons 6