Flag football: Bay area buzz — May 9

Player of the week — April 11-16

Masiel Reyes, Jr., Riverview

Position: Wide receiver/linebacker

Season stats: 25 receptions, 250 yards, four touchdowns on offense; nine tackles, one interception on defense.

The lowdown: Last month, Reyes led the Sharks with a combined 18 receptions, four touchdowns and four two-point conversions on offense and two interceptions on defense in four games, including a victory over defending state champion and previously undefeated Newsome. Fans were impressed. Reyes had 53 percent of the votes (1,390) in the flag football player of the week poll to beat out Newsome’s Theresa Huff, who had 47 percent (1,213).

Class 2A

2022 FHSAA Flag Football State Championships 2A FHSAA Girls Flag Football

Region quarterfinal rewind

Scoreboard
Alonso 14, Armwood 6
Dr. Phillips 19, Riverview 18

Newsome 34, Bloomingdale 12

Hillsborough 29, Lennard 28

Prime time performers

Hillsborough: The Terriers, who won their first district title, rallied from a 28-8 halftime deficit to beat Lennard 29-28. The comeback was ignited by a ball-hawking secondary that picked off two passes and returned them for scores.

Mieke Rowe, Alonso: Threw for 229 yards and both of the Ravens’ touchdowns in a win over Armwood.

Devyn Silvestri, Newsome: Threw for 326 yards and four touchdowns in a win over Bloomingdale.

Ava Stoller, St. Petersburg: The junior did it all for the Green Devils, totaling 158 yards on offense (104 passing, 54 rushing) and a touchdown, as well as an interception on defense, in a win over Lecanto.

Region semifinal rewind

Scoreboard

Newsome 35, Orlando Dr. Phillips 14

Alonso 38, Hillsborough 6

Prime time performers

Kayla Ludwig, Newsome: Threw for two touchdowns and caught two more in a win over Orlando Dr. Phillips.

Mieke Rowe, Alonso: The Ravens’ quarterback was nearly perfect, completing 19 of 21 passes for 277 yards and four touchdowns in a win over Hillsborough.

Tonight’s region final matchup

Alonso (19-1) at Newsome (18-1), 7

Outlook: An epic showdown between two of the top teams in the nation. The Ravens are ranked third in 2A and fourth in the state and nation by MaxPreps. The defending 2A state champion Wolves are ranked second in the class and third in the state and nation by MaxPreps. This is a rematch from a game Newsome won 14-0 enroute to taking the team title at the Capital City Classic. Both teams have stellar quarterbacks (Alonso’s Mieke Rowe and the Wolves’ Devyn Silvestri). The key will be which defense can make the big plays.

Class 1A

2022 FHSAA Flag Football State Championships 1A FHSAA Girls Flag Football

Region quarterfinal rewind

Scoreboard

Robinson 46, Parrish Community 6

St. Petersburg 16, Lecanto 7

Gibbs 40, Crystal River 6

Chamberlain 13, Osceola 12

Prime time performers

Gibbs: The Gladiators beat Crystal River to extend their win streak to seven. The success was due in large part to a defense that allowed a combined 27 points in those seven games.

Brianna Stearns, Robinson: Threw for 138 yards and four touchdowns in a win over Parrish Community.

Ava Stoller, St. Petersburg: The junior did it all for the Green Devils, totaling 158 yards on offense (104 passing, 54 rushing) and a touchdown, as well as an interception on defense, in a win over Lecanto.

Region semifinal rewind

Scoreboard

Robinson 33, Chamberlain 0

St. Petersburg 15, Gibbs 13

Prime time performers

Robinson: The defending 1A state champion Knights, ranked second in the nation, advanced with a shutout over Chamberlain. That extended Robinson’s win streak to 14, eight coming via shutout.

Tiana Robinson, St. Petersburg: Accounted for all three touchdowns (passing, rushing, receiving) as the Green Devils avenged two earlier losses to Gibbs by beating their rival in the playoffs.

Tonight’s region final matchup

St. Petersburg (11-5) at Robinson (19-1), 7

Outlook: This is the first meeting between the teams this season. The Knights, ranked first in 1A and second in the state and nation by MaxPreps, are aiming for their sixth straight state title. They have won 14 straight games, eight via shutouts. The Green Devils, who started the season 1-4, have won 10 of their last 11 games. Defense has been the key down the stretch. In the last seven games, St. Petersburg allowed a combined 50 points.