Tyler's freezes out Mason Martin
monica simpson | SUN
Tyler's Ice Cream's KD Belton makes a run after intercepting
the pass of Mason Martin's Charles Buky Thursday night at The Center.
The lights at the Island's community center were on Thursday night as the adults hit the football field for the first week of the adult co-ed flag football season. Team Tyler's Ice Cream's speed and agility could not be stopped by Team Mason Martin in the damp cold Island air.
Team captain Ray Gardner found himself on opposite sides of the field against his former team captain Frank Agnelli, of Mason Martin.
The wealth of talent seen on Tyler's Ice Cream was witnessed Thursday night with Jordan Ganey, Dina Calvary, KD Belton, Rob Alderson and Zach Shield, all sharing the stats sheet with Gardner on both sides of the football.
The first three plays of the game set the tone for the night with quick yardage by Shield and Calvary before the long sprint by Gardner to put the first six points on the scoreboard. Mason Martin's defense stopped the point after leaving the score 6-0.
Defensive flag pulls for Team Tyler's Ice Cream helped keep Team Mason Martin out the game. All of the Tyler's players had at least two pulls, making the difference on the first offensive possession for Mason Martin. Three snaps, three plays ending with a catch by Chad Woods short of the first down.
Playing quarterback, Gardner found Belton past midfield only to be stopped by David Dunham. After the snap and with the option to run, Gardner found Ganey all by himself for the second touchdown of the game. The extra point attempt was perfectly executed to Belton at the back of the end zone, moving the score to 13-0.
At the helm, team captain Charles Buky, who had 150 total passing yards in the game, tried to move the football down the field. Buky and his team were stopped again after only three plays, with passes to Woods and defensive flag pulls by Calvary.
With five minutes left on the clock for the first half after the first snap, what seemed to be a touchdown run by Gardner was called back on an offensive penalty – impeding the rusher. On third down, Ganey's dropped pass ended Tyler's Ice Cream's offensive progression.
Buky hit Dunham for a seven-yard gain before the stop by Belton. Agnelli's short run took the football near midfield. Team Mason Martin finally gained a first down with the catch by Woods. Despite the positive offensive series, the strong defense of Gardner's team stopped Buky's team from scoring once again.
Unable to take advantage of the last seconds of the half, Tyler's Ice Cream started the second half of the game on defense with a 13-point lead.
The off the line speed of Ganey caught Buky by surprise. After two Ganey sacks, Tyler's Ice Cream took over offensively. Belton's run after the Gardner pass was finally stopped by Robert Kaston.
With Alderson under center, Gardner took the ball down the field until he came face-to-face with Dunham. Gardner found Belton at the front pylon for another six points. Missing the extra point, Team Tyler's Ice Cream lead by 19 points.
Under immense pressure by Ganey, Mason Martin's Buky just got off the long pass to Woods for the team's first touchdown, closing the scoring gap to 19-6. The extra point pass was too low for Woods, hitting the ground before getting to the intended receiver.
Gardner once again lit up the field with his speed and crazy effective moves with nine minutes left in the game. His second touchdown of the game advanced the score to 25-6.
With only a miracle's chance of coming back in the game, Buky's team took over on offense only to be cut short with an interception by Belton and the follow-up touchdown by Ganey. The extra point by Belton sealed the deal and ended the game with the victory by Tyler's Ice Cream with the final score of 32-6.
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Anna Maria CrossFit 2
Beach to Bay 0
(game 1 25-20, game 2 25-15)
Air & Energy 2
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Thursday, Feb. 16
Adult Co-Ed Flag Football
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Smoothie King 13
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Moss Builders 6
Tyler's Ice Cream 32
Mason Martin 6
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Youth Flag Football: 8- to 10-Year-Old League
Beach to Bay 40
Cloud Pest Control 21
Bark & Co. Win by Forfeit
Truly Nolen Win by Forfeit
Youth Flag Football: 11- to 13-Year-Old League
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Anna Maria Oyster Bar 6
Miller Electric 33
Planet Stone 8