By Doug Miles

Trailing 29-0 after the first quarter, the Sarasota Millionaires mounted a comeback that fell just short in a 32-28 home opening loss to the Bay Area Pirates Saturday afternoon at Booker High School. Pirates quarterback Brian Koesling threw for 284 yards and three touchdowns to lead Bay Area to its first win of the season and hand the Millionaires its first defeat in the United Football Federation.
Brian Koesling connected on the first of two long touchdown passes to Frankie Solomon on the Pirates second possession of the game. Bay Area traveled 67 yards on two plays capped off by a 61 yard scoring reception by Solomon to give the Pirates a 6-0 lead after a missed extra point.
The Millionaires turned over the ball four times in the game, three times in the first quarter. The Pirates took advantage of a second fumble at the Sarasota 14 yard line and one play later made the Millionaires pay when Brian Koesling found brother Mike Koesling in the corner of the end zone on a 10 yard touchdown pass. A two-point conversion extended the Pirates lead to 14-0.

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Doug has been the media coordinator for the Sarasota Millionaires Football Team, one of the most successful minor league football teams in the country. He has been a part of the Millionaires organization for over 10 years as the play-by-play announcer for both radio and podcast broadcasts. He has also covered the team by writing stories for the team and league websites.

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Sarasota Millionaires And Their Continued Community Services

The Sarasota Millionaires football organization are known for their continued community services throughtout their community over the years. The organization has participated in various community services some of which have included passing out Thanksgiving turkey's complete with all the trimmings to elderly recipients in the community, reading books on "Read-A-Book Day" to local elementary and day care children, community clean-ups, annual F-CAT pep rallies at schools throughout Sarasota county, and more!


Mentoring The Youth


F-CAT Pep Rally at Emma E. Booker Elementary


Thanksgiving Turkey Give-A-Way

The Sarasota Millionaires ARE dedicated to providing pride and growth in our community. It's not just about football for the Sarasota Millionaires. We are committed to providing success to our players both on and off the field. The Sarasota Millionaires provide positive mentorship and planned activities for the youths in the City of Sarasota and Sarasota County. Although the team's season runs from September - April our programs continue throughout the year. Our motto is community FIRST and football is second.


If you would like the Sarasota Millionaires Football Organization to be a part of your planned event, please feel free to email us at SarasotaMillionaires@verizon.net