The Sarasota Millionaires had been looking forward to avenging a loss to the Miami Bulls since they met in the SSFL Conference Championship game back in 2007, now they will have to wait at least six more weeks as the Bulls beat the Millionaires 14-7 Saturday night in Miami.
A sluggish start by both offenses and numerous offside penalties showed the rust of two teams in a season opener. Miami scored first at 8:13 of the opening quarter when Tywan Stevens connected with Andrew Monroe on a 7 yard touchdown pass capping off an 84 yard drive to give the Bulls a 7-0 lead.
The Millionaires offense began to move the ball down the field late in the second quarter as quarterback Mike Peterson engineered a drive that took his team down to the Miami 4 yard line, but came away empty on an incomplete pass on 4th and goal. A Dennis Watson interception two plays later gave Sarasota the ball on the Bulls 10 yard line. Mike Peterson found Gus Blanc all alone in the corner of the end zone to tie the game at 7-7 with 1:03 left in the first half.
A short kick-off gave the Bulls the ball on the Millionaires 45 yard line. Three plays later, Julio “Chico” Martinez, who replaced Stevens at quarterback, fired a 10 yard strike to Jason “Hollywood” Williams giving Miami a 14-7 lead at halftime which they would not relinquish.
A swarming Sarasota Millionaire “Blackout” defense in the second half kept the Bulls offense off track for the rest of the game, but their offense was unable to find the end zone as the Millionaires fall in its first game in the Florida Football Alliance.
The Millionaires open the home season Saturday Jan. 23rd at Booker High School in Sarasota, FL against another former SSFL rival, the St. Petersburg Sharks. Kickoff at 7:05PM.
All games are broadcast on WTMY 1280 AM in Sarasota and Bradenton, FL with a video simulcast on www.Ustream.com
Podcasts of Millionaire games are available at http://blog.milestonebroadcasting.com