The Anna Maria Island Sun Newspaper

Vol. 14 No. 16 - February 12, 2014


Mr. Bones Bengals bounce into first

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story

scott dell | submitted

Malachi Goode with a first down catch and run for
the Mr. Bones Bengals during Saturday’s gaem
for first place in the AMICC 14-to-17-year-old
flag football league.

The Sun sports game of the week was a Bengals and Broncos battle for first place in the 14-to-17-year-old Anna Maria Island Community Center NFL flag football program.

Entering Saturday’s divisional matchups, Galati Yacht Sales Bucs, Mr. Bones Bengals and the Feast restaurant Broncos were all tied for first place with a 4 and 1 record.

The Galati Bucs team lost to the West Coast Surf Shop Jaguars in the 9 a.m. game on Saturday by a score of 39 to 20. This left the door open for the winner of the Bengals and Broncos noon game to bounce up into first place all alone in the division.

The Feast restaurant Broncos wasted little time and scored on the opening possession of the game. Burke Hill took a handoff and scrambled through the middle of the field and down to the four yard line. On the next play, Hill threw a pass to the middle of the end-zone, where Josh Parrish made a diving catch for the touchdown. The extra-point was good when Hill threw to Toni Spurduto. 7-0 Broncos.

After a three and out by the Bengals, the Broncos got the ball back on offense. It looked like the Broncos were going to take an early two-touchdown lead when they had first and goal from the eight-yard line. But the Bengals defense came up big when Malachi Goode intercepted a pass in the end-zone and returned it to the Broncos twelve-yard line.

The Bengals took advantage of this scoring opportunity. On third and goal, Bengals quarterback Neahmiah Goode tossed up a grab ball into the end zone. His receiver, Ryan Gilman, came through for him and ripped it away from the hands of a Broncos defender for the touchdown. The extra-point was good on a Neahmiah pass to Hunter Parrish which tied the game 7 to 7.

The rest of the first half was all defense and left the score 7 to 7 at the half. Defensive standouts for the Broncos were Jesse Lawson with eight flag pulls and two sacks and Chris Johnson had six flag pulls. Defensive standouts for the Bengals were Malachi Goode, with five flag pulls and two interceptions, and his sister, Moriah Goode, with three flag pulls.

At the 12-minute mark left in the game, Hunter Parrish caught a short slant route pass. He spun and weaved his way through defenders making them miss for a 45-yard touchdown. The extra-point was not good, but gave the Broncos the lead for the first time 13 to 7.

Just like the majority of the game, both defenses prevailed. With only 42 clicks of the clock left in the game, the Broncos had one last chance to tie the game. They marched down the field to the Bengals 15-yard line and called time out with eleven seconds remaining.

The Broncos now had no time outs left and only two plays to score from the 15. They had to throw the ball into the end-zone or risk the clock expiring. Scoring on the Bengals was difficult all day, and they had not been into the end-zone since their very first possession of the game.

Malachi Goode, of the Bengals, was not to be denied victory though. He intercepted the pass in the end-zone and took it all the way back for the pick-six touchdown and secured the first place victory for the Bengals 19 to 7 as time expired.

Youth 5-7-Year-Old Flag Football Schedule

Feb. 17, Monday, 6 p.m. – Miller Electric Broncos vs. Beaches Real Estate Packers

Youth 8-10-Year-Old Flag Football Results

DoJo Martial Arts Cowboys 12
Beach Bums Patriots 6

Manatee Diagnostic Ravens 18
Tyler’s Ice Cream Vikings 16

West Coast Air & Heating Dolphins 31
LPAC Cardinals 30

Beach Bistro Buccaneers 19
Tyler’s Ice Cream Vikings 6

Youth 8-10-Year-Old Flag Football Schedule

Feb. 12, Wednesday, 6 p.m. – West Coast Air & Heating Dolphins vs. Beach Bums Patriots

Feb. 15, Saturday, 9 a.m. – West Coast Air & Heating Dolphins vs. DoJo Martial Arts Cowboys

Feb. 15, Saturday, 10 a.m. – LPAC Cardinals vs. Beach Bistro Buccaneers

Feb. 15, Saturday, 11 a.m. – Beach Bums Patriots vs. Manatee Diagnostic Ravens

Feb. 17, Monday, 6 p.m. – LPAC Cardinals vs. Beach Bums Patriots

Youth 11-13-Year-Old Flag Football Results

Sandbar Colts 41
Beach to Bay Bucs 26

LPAC Cardinals 45
Eat Here Redskins 24

Bark & Company Realty Ravens 33
Will C. Photos Falcons 25

Youth 11-13-Year-Old Flag Football Schedule

Feb. 15, Saturday, 12 p.m. – Beach to Bay Bucs vs. Eat Here Redskins

Feb. 17, Monday, 7 p.m. – LPAC Cardinals vs. Beach to Bay Bucs

Feb. 17, Monday, 8 p.m. – Bark & Company Realty Ravens vs. Eat Here Redskins

Youth 14-17-Year-Old Flag Football Results

Galati Yacht Sales Bucs 44
The Island Sun Bears 19

Mr. Bones Bengals 20
West Coast Surf Shop Jaguars 18

The Feast Broncos 46
Swordfish Grill Browns 30

Integrity Sound Lions 34
Waterfront Restaurant Cowboys 18

West Coast Surf Shop Jaguars 39
Galati Yacht Sales Bucs 20

The Island Sun Bears 26
Waterfront Restaurant Cowboys 4

Swordfish Grill Browns 48
Integrity Sound Lions 21

Mr. Bones Bengals 19
The Feast Broncos 7

Youth 14-17-Year-Old Flag Football Schedule

Feb. 13, Thursday, 6 p.m. – West Coast Surf Shop Jaguars vs. Swordfish Grill Browns

Feb. 15, Saturday, 1 p.m. – Integrity Sound Lions vs. The Feast Broncos

Feb. 15, Saturday, 2 p.m. – Mr. Bones Bengals vs. vs. The Island Sun Bears

Feb. 15, Saturday, 3 p.m. – Waterfront restaurant Cowboys vs. Galati Yacht Sales Bucs

Feb. 18, Tuesday, 6 p.m. – West Coast Surf Shop Jaguars vs. The Island Sun Bears

Feb. 18, Tuesday, 7 p.m. – Swordfish Grill Browns vs. Galati Yacht Sales Bucs

Feb. 18, Tuesday, 8 p.m. – The Feast Broncos vs. Waterfront restaurant Cowboys

Adult co-ed 18 & Over Flag Football Results

Slim’s Place Bears 48
Duffy’s Tavern Eagles 34

Agnelli Pool & Spas Giants 62
Beach Bistro Raiders 18

Beach to Bay Dolphins 32
Waterfront restaurant Panthers 24

Adult co-ed 18 & Over Flag Football Schedule

Feb. 12, Wednesday, 7 p.m. – Beach Bistro Raiders vs. Slim’s Place Bears

Feb. 12, Wednesday, 8 p.m. – Duffy’s Tavern Seahawks vs. Agnelli Pool & Spas Giants

Feb. 12, Wednesday, 9 p.m. – Waterfront restaurant Panthers vs. Beach to Bay Dolphins

Adult co-ed 30 & Over Flag Football Results

Island Real Estate Raiders 39
Jessie’s Island Store Bucs 12

Ross Built Panthers 46
Tyler’s Ice Cream Vikings 6

Island Gourmet Bills 35
Agnelli Pool & Spas Giants 21

Adult co-ed 30 & Over Flag Football Schedule

Feb. 13, Thursday, 7 p.m. – Ross Built Panthers vs. Jessie’s Island Store Bucs

Feb. 13, Thursday, 8 p.m. – Tyler’s Ice Cream Vikings vs. Agnelli Pool & Spas Giants

Feb. 13, Thursday, 9 p.m. – Island Gourmet Bills vs. Island Real Estate Raiders

Adult co-ed Volleyball Results

Duncan Real Estate 25
Southern Greens 12
(First game of best 2 out of 3)

Duncan Real Estate 25
Southern Greens 20
(Second game of best 2 out of 3)

Florida Discount Signs & Wraps 25
Duncan Real Estate 21
(First game of best 2 out of 3)

Florida Discount Signs & Wraps 26
Duncan Real Estate 24
(Second game of best 2 out of 3)

Florida Discount Signs & Wraps 25
Southern Greens 1
(First game of best 2 out of 3)

Florida Discount Signs & Wraps 25
Southern Greens 4
(Second game of best 2 out of 3)

Adult co-ed Volleyball Schedule

Feb. 18, Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. – Southern Greens vs. Duncan Real Estate

Feb. 18, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. – Florida Discount Signs & Wraps vs. Southern Greens

Feb. 18, Tuesday, 8:30 p.m. – Duncan Real Estate vs. Florida Discount Signs & Wraps

Healthy food can taste great

As a TV reporter ages ago, I used to get paid the big bucks (ha) getting all sides to a story and doing the research it takes. So this volunteer column is the result of my week’s experiences and what I can write in two to three hours time. I always hope to inspire and prevent needless suffering of humans and animals that occurs way too often.

It is my belief that in our area, it would be a huge financial benefit if we had more vegan restaurants. Really vegan restaurants.

Like the exclusively vegan restaurant Ionie’s in Sarasota. My friend, Carl Lovejoy, is the amazing chef there. Check out restaurants’ Facebook pages or websites to see what they’re serving.

What I love are restaurants that aren’t afraid to say they are vegan in their name. Leafy Greens in St. Petersburg is an example. The first yelp review says, “Very fresh ingredients and the largest dehydrator I've ever seen combine for a menu that is very palatable even to non-vegans. 

Highly recommend the chilled curry soup, spinach salad with berry dressing, Mediterranean pizza and The Real Deal.

Also, the vegan chocolate lava cake is the perfect balance of dates and cacao. This is the way things should be. Healthy food can taste great!”

My problem is that I’ve traveled the country on book tour, and my publisher and others have taken me to the best and outrageously, financially successful vegan restaurants. Karyn’s on Greens in Chicago, The Chicago Diner, Café Gratitude all over California, New York’s Candle 79, San Francisco’s Millenium, Philly’s Vedge are just a sampling of restaurants that are exclusively vegan and even boast it in their titles.

Guess what? All those cities have lots of people, I bet, who travel here and would love an exclusively vegan restaurant option. I for one, would be a regular. Even an exclusively vegetarian restaurant on the Island would be awesome.

Speaking of food, the deadline is approaching to register for my noon Taste of Vegan cooking classes at the Anna Maria Island Community Center on all Thursdays in February. Fresh Market has donated the food. To whet your appetite, here’s what I’ll be demonstrating, and what you get to eat:

Feb. 6: Eating/Staying Fit on $4/Day – Thai no-fry spring rolls, braised collards, stone-broke soup;

Feb. 13: Getting Enough Protein on Just Plants – garbanzo bean salad, tempeh broccoli saute, breakfast scramble;

Feb. 20: Sumptious Salads – easy bean salad, community garden salad, tropical salad;

Feb. 27: Delectable Desserts – chocolate mousse, coconut ice cream, heavenly Island smoothies.

We had a small, but mighty, turnout to brave the cool temps at my free Manatee Public Beach hour-long, mini-workout last week. I start with warm-ups that have kept me injury free, then a walk and or run, depending on group interests, and cool down stretches. Feel free to join us every Monday at 9 a.m. at the Manatee Public Beach playground.

All abilities are welcome. I separate the group if needed. We’re always there as long as the temperature is 50 degrees or warmer. If it’s windy, bring a windbreaker and a towel and water. And I promise never to mention the “v” (vegan) word unless you ask.

I placed first in my age group at the Bradenton YMCA 5K this weekend – the 63rd time placing in a race since 2006. I thought it would be a gentle cross-country course on the county fairgrounds. Instead, it wound through the actual fair itself – heavy lighter fluid, BBQ smoke, people smoking and a fuel truck that blocked the narrow path at one point. But I got to hold my trophy by the Beef-It’s What’s For Dinner sign.

I’ll be attempting the marathon in Celebration next weekend. I’ve been spending way too much time in the chair writing. Sitting is the new smoking you know.

You can follow Island resident Ellen Jaffe Jones on her Facebook page and keep up with her just released book:,"Eat Vegan on $4 a Day," or her website: She is also a nationally certified personal trainer and running coach. For training in a gym or private hire, contact Ellen at or 941-704-1025.

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