Leading up to Super Bowl Sunday, there was plenty of action on the field at the Center of Anna Maria Island in Anna Maria.
Three weeks into the Center of Anna Maria Island’s adult flag football season, two teams remain unbeaten — Beach Bums and Ugly Grouper. Both are 3-0, tied for first place in the standings.
Slim’s Place and Solid Rock Construction are both a game back at 2-1, followed by Moss Builders and Sandbar Restaurant at 1-2. Mi-Box and Salty Printing complete the standings at 0-3.
Action Feb. 4 kicked off with Solid Rock Construction destroying Mi-Box by a 47-15 score. Jon Moss and Connor Haughey combined on seven touchdown passes, including two receiving catches from Moss. Evelyn Long and Zack Long had touchdown catches, while Jesse Skipper completed the scoring with a touchdown grab.
Matthew Manger threw for two scores to lead Mi-Box in the loss,
Ugly Grouper remained unbeaten with a 43-31 victory over Moss Builders behind four TD passes from Brandon Kull, who also added a rushing touchdown and a pair of interceptions. Cam Winston added a touchdown pass, while also finishing with two receiving scores on a game-high six catches. Octavious Cole, Jaret Rojas and Anthony Mark completed the scoring with touchdown catches in the victory.
Ryan Moss’ five touchdown passes, including three to Cole Carter, paced Moss Builders in the loss.
Beach Bums rode an opportunistic defense to a 26-12 victory over Sandbar Restaurant in the third game of the evening. Matt Briley threw for two scores and Anthony Mannino ran for a TD and added a pair of touchdown receptions, but the real daggers in the victory were the pick-sixes turned in by Briley and Kemo Harris.
Matteo Ferris ran for a pair of TDs to lead Sandbar in the loss.
Slim’s Place outscored Salty Printing 38-19 behind a huge game from JB Shuck. Shuck threw four touchdown passes on offense and came through with two pick-sixes on defense to lead Slim’s, which also received a pair of TD receptions from Tim Holly and Cruz Rodriguez in the victory.
Salty Printing was led in the loss by quarterback Tim Shaughnessy, who threw three touchdown passes, including two to sister Brianna Roberts.
Adult soccer resumes
After three weeks of action and a one-week shutdown for field maintenance, the standings are pretty tight in the adult soccer league at the center.
Burton Brick & Tile and Sato Real Estate are tied in the top spot with matching 2-0-1 records, a point ahead of Blalock Walters and Allied, both at 2-1. Servis First Bank and The Gitt Team follow with 1-2 records, while Jiffy Lube and Slim’s Place are 0-2-1.
Action on the pitch Feb. 3 got started with Servis First Bank cruising past Slim’s Place by a 6-2 score behind a hat trick from Ugur Durmaz and a pair of goals from Jake Ross. Gregg Ross and Johnny Perussi had a goal each to complete the scoring for Servis.
Aaron Parkin scored both Slim’s Place goals and Mark Long made seven saves in the loss.
Sato Real Estate and Burton Brick & Tile battled to a 2-2 tie in the second match of the night. Will Kretzman and Race Arande scored a goal each for Sato while Zach Lieb and Katie Christianson scored for Burton.
Allied cruised to an 8-3 victory over Jiffy Lube in the night’s third match behind a hat trick from Zach Reda and two goals each from Clancy Vaughn and Aaron French.
Erick Pullen, Gerrardo Urbiola and the ageless Lyn Clarke each notched goals for Jiffy Lube in the loss.
The last match of the evening saw Blalock Walters double up on The Gitt Team by a 6-3 score. Chris Scott did most of the damage with five goals. Matt Staggs notched the remaining score and Kevi Mulcahy made nine saves in the victory.
Tanner Zellmar score d two goals and Robert Fellowes notched one to lead The Gitt Team in the loss.
Youth football continues
The youth flag football league at the center was back on the field for its third week of action and a bevy of games played Feb. 2.
The action got started in the 8-10 division with Moss Builders cruising to a 28-13 victory over Ray’s Ramblings behind Mason Moss, who ran for two touchdowns and connected with McKenna Darek on a score. Turner Worth completed the Moss scoring with a pick-six.
Carter Hey and Drew Buky both had touchdown runs to lead Ray’s Ramblings in the loss.
Tidy MD edged Cloud Pest Control 20-12 behind three touchdown passes from Ronan Robertson, including two to Hayden Eurice and one to Kade Eslich.
Charlie Neri connected with Lucas Signor for a TD and Noah Rigney ran for a score to lead Cloud Pest Control in the loss.
Coastline Contractors outscored Shady Lady 20-13 behind a huge game from Reef Marin, who threw for a TD, ran for another and added a pick-six and a 2-point conversion in the victory.
Shady Lady was led by Cayson Travis’ two touchdown passes to Jackson Kennedy and Bam Gartman in the loss.
Action in the 11-13 division got started with Root Logix cruising to a 32-7 victory over Ugly Grouper, that saw Payton Harlan throw TDs to Luke Winsper, Hunter Wingate and Gabrielle Gilbert, while Harrison Schenerlein and Carter Cantrell added pick-sixes to the route.
Ashton Hovda had a rushing touchdown to lead Ugly Grouper, which also received an extra point from Aidan Gannon in the loss.
The second 11-13 division game of the night saw Detwiler’s Farm Market and Poppo’s Taqueria battle to an 18-18 tie.
Victor Albrecht threw TDs to Angelina Albrecht, Kieran Cloutier and Ewen Cloutier to lead the Detwiler’s scoring effort.
Poppo’s Taqueria was led by two rushing touchdowns and a touchdown pass from TJ Eckert, while Rowan Benford added a touchdown reception.
The last game of the night in the 11-13 division saw Gulf Drive Cafe edge The Gitt Team 21-19 behind three touchdown passes from Zane Logan to JM Feeney. Jack McCarthy added a 2-point conversion and Audrey Guess had an extra point to complete the victory.
Tommy Baugher ran for three touchdowns to lead The Gitt Team, which also received an extra point from Landon Snyder in the loss.
In the three-team 14-17 division, the action kicked off with Grooms Auto cruising to a 29-14 victory behind four touchdown passes from Jayse Berzowski. Berzowski connected with Justin Cook on two scores, while Travis Bates and Shawn Balvin each finished with TDs.
Anthony Nguyen threw touchdown passes to Aiden Templeton and Evan Christianson in the loss.
The final 14-17 game of the night saw Ugly Grouper edge Grooms Auto 47-45 behind a huge game from Ian Godfrey, who had three touchdown passes to Noah Costello and ran for a score, while adding two pick-sixes on defense.
Berzowski paced Grooms with a receiving touchdown and five TD passes, including four to Balvin, who finished with two touchdown passes. Bates added a pair of touchdown catches for Grooms Auto in the loss.
Two teams emerged from pool play with 3-0 records and battled for the day’s championship during Feb. 3 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City hall pits.
Norm Good and Bob Lee showed they were too good for Tom Farrington and Del Reese as they cruised to a 21-10 victory to earn the day’s bragging rights.
The games were short and sweet for Bob Palmer, who won the Feb. 6 games with the lone 3-0 record in pool play.
Play gets underway at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups begin at 8:45 a.m., followed by random team selection.
There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.
Cold and rainy weather limited the golf action last week on the Key Royale Club course in Holmes Beach to the men playing a nine-hole scramble Feb. 4.
The team of Marcia and Tim Friessen, John Kolojeski and Joe Tynan combined on a 4-under-par 28 to earn clubhouse bragging rights for the week.
The team of Jana Samuels, Bob O’Brien and Tom Nelson fired a 3-under-par 29 to finish alone in second place.