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Bennett’s heroics sink Panthers
Aug 15, 2013, 1:11 pm

It started with a questionable ruling derailing the Burger King Panthers’ bid for a perfect season.

Now the squad is dealing with a two-game losing streak, courtesy of a 7-13 overtime defeat at the hands of the Maples Dolphins last Saturday in week 10 of the 12-week Digicel Summer League, put on by the Cayman Islands Flag Football Association.

For Burger King head coach Joshua Pawlik, the contest at Camana Bay’s Sports Field is simply motivation for the playoffs.

“Maples are a talented team and I told my guys it would be a hard fight going in,” Pawlik said. “We couldn’t capitalise on plays in the red zone. If it’s a close game at the end, anyone can win. Hopefully, we can get to see them again in the playoffs.”

Saturday’s contest was tight, featuring loads of rushes for running backs Jordan Cacho of the Dolphins and Ryan Smith of the Panthers and defensive brilliance from the likes of Maples’ Will Peguero Jr. and Burger King’s Paul Chin.

The game came down to a timely goal-line tackle by Maples’s Kwei General on Burger King’s David ‘Baggy’ Taylor in overtime with Dolphins receiver Christopher Bennett catching a tipped ball in the end zone for the winning score.

For Maples head coach Shawn Pitterson, the result was satisfying.

“One of the best games that we have played for the season, everyone played their role,” Pitterson said. “It took team effort to get the job done.”

The match had a huge impact on the Men’s Premier League standings. Frontrunners all season, Burger King are now second at 8-2, behind the 8-2 Lone Star Mustangs. While Burger King have beaten the Mustangs this year, the latest association rankings show Lone Star have the edge on points differential (131-115). In spite of the victory, Maples are third at 7-1-2.

Lone Star eked out a 13-6 victory over the 4-1-5 Cox Colts last Saturday, which keeps Cox squarely in fifth place. Jon Pump is one of the star veteran receivers for the Mustangs and states his team has earned its high ranking.

“We’re actually currently in second, based on the head-to-head tie-break rules since Burger King beat us in our only match-up this year,” Pump said. “But obviously, we’re happy to be near the top of the standings. A lot of close games all year long – so no game has proven to be a guaranteed win.”

For Burger King, their losing streak stems from an insignificant skirmish weeks ago against the 6-4 dms West Bay Hellcats, who are currently fourth. Both benches cleared and the association acted decisively in suspending the Panthers and Hellcats for one game, resulting in forfeit losses for both clubs.

In a statement, the association addressed the incident. The statement read, “On Saturday, 20 July, there was a skirmish on the field which led to both teams clearing their benches. The association operates with a no-tolerance policy in regards to bench-clearing and in using our discretion, the appropriate penalties were handed down.”

It was the latest knock against Kevin Maxwell’s Hellcats, the four-time reigning champions who had previously slipped up against all three of the current top teams. Granted, the Hellcats responded with a 28-0 victory over Avery Ebanks’ 0-10 WestStar Saints last Saturday.

While West Bay players started out the season cautiously optimistic about another title, head coach Jayson ‘Papi-Rican’ Gonzalez said the incident is just another hiccup in a tough season.

“It was an unfortunate incident and I think the league responded well,” Gonzalez said. “We took it well, we accepted it. But we have to re-evaluate the situation. Moving forward, players have to control themselves. We’ve moved on from it and we’re ready to play some football. It is what it is and we got to try to win another championship.”

The ruling and subsequent defeat was a bigger deal for Burger King, as it ended their bid at an undefeated season. The record books will show the 3-7 KPMG Sharks, currently seventh out of eight male teams and fighting for one of six playoffs spots, as the team that halted the Panthers.

Pawlik admitted while that predicament led to rust being a factor against Maples, the situation created bitterness within the team.

“It wasn’t a two-team fight, our team didn’t throw a punch,” Pawlik said. “I feel bad for both teams because at least nine people on both teams didn’t get into the fight. But we lost our appeal and we lost the perfect season. At the initial time of the penalty, we were upset. But we’ve been together a long time and nothing gets in between that.

“It worked out that we have to play each other now for seeding. We have Cox this Saturday and they have a new quarterback, Brian O’Reilly, who is an underestimated player so we have our hands full. Maples, Lone Star and West Bay have to fight each other and hopefully, Lone Star and us get a bye.

“That forfeit was very frustrating, to end up with a loss against a team that can’t beat us. We know they can’t beat us and yet we lost our perfect season to them. We appealed for a nine-man team to do iron man against them.”

KPMG, behind Rhys Ebanks, are coming off a 13-6 win last Saturday over Peter Whittaker’s Cayman Power Sports and Marine Hurricanes, who rank sixth at 3-7. The Hurricanes have a better point differential than the Sharks, -1 versus -70.

On the ladies side, the Women’s Premier League also has its fair share of drama. Treveen Stewart’s Wolverines, 8-2, are barely holding on to first place after smashing Alicia Dixon’s Androgroup Killa-Panthers, 19-0. Androgroup, 5-1-4, have slipped to fifth in the 10-team group.

Chasing the Wolverines are Alexandra Terry’s 8-2 Lynx, who clipped Dionne Whittaker’s Zulu Warriors, 7-0. Zulu are fourth at 6-4. Monique Roberts’s CrossFit 7-Mile Scorpions, 7-1-2, are ahead of the Warriors after beating Kathy Miller’s Ultra B’zzz, 32-0. Ultra have now slipped to 4-6 in seventh place and out of a playoff spot.

In sixth are Serena Yates’s 5-1-4 Lady Sharks, who defeated Jessica Maxwell’s Maples Thundercats, 21-0. Maples are ninth at 1-1-8. In last are Danielle James’s 0-10 Lady Saints, who lost to Amanda Nelson’s Star Athletic Club, 2-0. Star Athletic, 3-2-5, are now eighth.

Matches continue this Saturday, 17 August, at Camana Bay. At 10am, Lady Saints face Lynx, at 11am Cox battle Burger King and at 12.15pm WestStar challenge KPMG. Maples battle Androgroup and Zulu tackle Ultra at 1.30pm. Lady Sharks face CrossFit while Wolverines challenge Star Athletic at 2.30pm. Hurricanes tackle Mustangs at 3.30pm and Dolphins contend with Hellcats at 4.45pm.

Star Athletic blind AndroGroup
Aug 15, 2013, 1:10 pm

Teams in the Cayman Islands Flag Football Association’s Digicel Summer League suited up after a bye week and had interesting scores.

Six teams did not play at Ed Bush Sports Centre due to three squads forfeiting a game, however, the remaining 12 teams suited up in pursuit of playoff positioning.

For the first time this season, two games ended in 0-0 draws after going to overtime: Star Athletic Club versus AndroGroup Killa-Panthers and the CrossFit 7-Mile Scorpions versus Lady Sharks.

In the Star Athletic-Androgroup game, defence shined as they both struggled to move the ball. Killa-Panthers’ Becky Lucas stepped up into the quarterback spot due to team members being away. It was obvious that the position was fairly new to her, but she managed to complete 10 out of 23 passes, despite throwing three interceptions. Alicia Dixon led the way with four receptions.

Star Athletic’s QB Kelly Pope went 8-for-23 with Lanisa McLaughlin recording five receptions.

Lady Sharks QB Ileann Powery went 9-for-15 passes and Serena Yates recorded five receptions. Speedster Krishan Welcome made some good catches, but couldn’t get away from CrossFit’s defence.

Despite the Scorpions’ six interceptions that put them in great field positions each time, they were not able to score. CrossFit QB Jessica Pawlik only went 8-for-25 completions with Cassandra Bodden having six completions. On defence, Monique Roberts led the way with three sacks.

The Lone Star Mustangs came out in full force against the Maples Dolphins with Mustangs QB Jamie Stephen throwing two touchdowns to Jon Pump. Chris Spigner starred on both sides of the ball for Lone Star.

Maples, who were fitted out in their new uniforms, had a hard time against the Mustang defence and surrendered three interceptions. Christopher Bennett led Maples with three receptions.

The 13-0 Mustangs victory allows Lone Star to advance into second place, pushing Maples down a slot to third. Both teams will be jostling for the second seed and a first round bye over the next three weeks. Their next games are this Saturday, 10 August, as Mustangs face the Cox Colts and Maples battle number one seed, the Burger King Panthers.

The Wolverines held on to the top spot in the Women’s Premier League as they defeated the Maples Thundercats, 19-0. Wolverines QB Antoinette Lewis is now recovered from her ankle injury, Carrie Barnett had six receptions and a TD, along with Benieca Thompson and Jahzenia Thomas contributed an extra point.

Maples QB Jessica Maxwell threw an interception to Wolverines defensive star Shinette Rhoden. The loss keeps Maples in ninth place ahead of their clash with the Lady Sharks. Nevertheless, head coach Shawn Pitterson is optimistic.

“We’ve have a lot of rookies on our team this year and I’m happy with how they are improving,” Pitterson said. “Yes, we lost, but we still played a good game; losing to the defending champions who have beaten other teams a lot worse isn’t that bad in my books. I can see the improvement in various players since the first week of the season. We’re coming out hard again this Saturday.”

Below Maples in the standings are the Lady Saints, who next face Star Athletic. Defeated by the Zulu Warriors, 19-0, last Saturday, the Lady Saints still excited with their defence. Leading the charge was Yasmin James’ four tackles.

Teams are scoring less against the rookie club, a fact that’s pleasing to the team’s head coach, Joseph Byrd Jr.

Warriors QB Dionne Whittaker threw two TDs and ran in another. Led by Renee Chisholm and Shenel Gall, the Warriors offence didn’t waste any time getting points on the board.

The WestStar Saints struggled in prime time slot against the Cayman Power Sports and Marine Hurricanes. Theon McCoy played QB for the Saints but couldn’t find passing lanes. On defence, the notables for WestStar were Jonathan Whittaker and Avery Ebanks.

McCoy felt intense pressure as he was sacked threw times by Tyrone Chantilope and Davelee Cole of the Hurricanes. Vito Welcome had four tackles and an interception for a TD.

Offensively, the Hurricanes were led by QB Peter Whittaker. Glenn Duran Jr, who played receiver, showed off his speed with each of his five receptions. Duran Jr. had a TD catch along with Selkirk Watler and the result was a 21-0 victory. The Saints next face off against the reigning champs, the dms West Bay Hellcats, while the Hurricanes battle the KPMG Sharks.

The association congratulates the week nine players of the week in: Women’s Offence - Antoinette Lewis, Women’s Defence - Xochil Guzman, Men’s Offence - Jon Pump, Men’s Defence - Dillon Claassens.

Week 10 of the league takes place this Saturday from 10am at the Camana Bay field. The association encourages fans to come out and take in the drama as only six male and six female squads qualify for 
the postseason.

Digicel Flag Football Fan Favourite Award
Aug 13, 2013, 9:19 am

The CI Flag Footbal Association will nominate 9 players every week. Each week, one of these extraordinary Flag Football players will receive a new Digicel mobile device should they receive the most votes. Votes are calculated based on responses to this app called the Digicel Flag Football Fan Favourite. The Digicel mobile device will be awarded every Saturday during the weekly Flag Football Tournament game days. The next award will be given on Saturday, August 17th at Camana Bay.

Please encourage friends + family (as long as they are real) to Like our page to vote for nominated players.

Voting Link - http://bit.ly/11ZX9cc

Panthers tear apart Hellcats.
Aug 1, 2013, 12:24 pm

The Burger King Panthers continue to show their dominance on the gridiron. 

The Panthers remain unbeaten in the Cayman Islands Flag Football Association 2013 Digicel Summer League. Burger King, 8-0, had its most impressive victory of the year last Saturday in week eight of the 12-week season, by beating the 5-3 dms West Bay Hellcats, 23-0. 

Burger King captain Brendon Malice states his side’s success at the Ed Bush Sports Centre in West Bay boils down to role players. 

“A full team effort each week is what we bring,” Malice said. “Yet there are a lot of guys who don’t get the recognition they deserve. Steve Ebanks has been a strong lineman for many seasons. Chris Allen is playing one of the hardest positions in the league at centre, he’s under-sized, yet doing a tremendous job.  

“Samuel Anderson contributes. Jamuel Dell, each week he’s making big plays on defence and no one knows who he is. Rhod Taylor, right now, is one of the best linemen in the league, having a highlight reel in the first few games with all the pancake blocks he’s had. 

“Rhod, like the rest of us, doesn’t need the limelight. He wants to win, just like the rest of us.” 

It was a dominant display from Burger King throughout, as the defence frustrated Hellcats quarterback Jacob ‘Frecko’ Ebanks. On offence, the Panthers thrived under QB Chris Lucas with veteran wide-out Taj Haye having another big game with multiple touchdowns. 

Though Hellcat veterans Craig Frederick and Oliver Parker tried to will their team to victory, ultimately it was the intensity from Panthers like Paul Chin and Simon Rivers that made the difference. 

While the Panthers are riding high in first place, the loss keeps the Hellcats fourth in the Men’s Premier League standings. The four-time reigning champions are looking up at the 6-1-1 Maples Dolphins and the 6-2 Lone Star Mustangs.  

Maples, bolstered by the return of QB Barrett Edri, clobbered the 1-7 KPMG Sharks, 20-6, last Saturday while QB Jamie Stephen led the Mustangs as they rolled over Theon McCoy’s 0-8 WestStar Saints, 27-0. 

The Hellcats have to watch the latter half of the rankings. Sonny Powell’s 3-1-4 Cox Colts and Peter Whittaker’s 2-6 Cayman Power Sports and Marine Hurricanes are within striking distance, with KPMG and WestStar in the cellar. The Hurricanes beat the Colts, 19-12, last Saturday. 

Meanwhile, the standings have tightened in the Women’s Premier League as early frontrunners CrossFit 7Mile Scorpions, 6-2, have slipped into third place behind the Lynx and Wolverines, both 6-2. Monique Roberts’ Scorpions suffered their second loss last Saturday to Saneata Smith’s Lynx, 12-13. Benieca Thompson’s Wolverines waltzed to victory over Brittany Ebanks’ 2-1-5 Star Athletic Club, 34-6.  

CrossFit are followed by 5-3 Zulu Warriors, 5-3 Androgroup Killa-Panthers, 4-4 Ultra B’zzz, 4-4 Lady Sharks, Star Athletic, 1-1-6 Maples Thundercats and 0-8 Lady Saints.  

Last Saturday, Janyccee Parchment led Zulu to victory over Tricia Miller’s Maples Thundercats, 26-0. Alicia Dixon and the Killa-Panthers rocked Paulette McField’s B’zzz, 20-0 and Scimone Campbell’s Lady Sharks topped Monique Connolly’s Lady Saints, 13-0. 

The entire league now has a bye week and matches will resume next Saturday, 3 August, from 10am. 

Burger King squad having it their way.
Aug 1, 2013, 12:22 pm

The 2013 Digicel Summer League, put on by the Cayman Islands Flag Football Association, is now eight weeks into the season.

With playoff seeding a focal point at this stage, teams are keen to play their best football at the Ed Bush Sports Centre in West Bay. This was apparent in the feature match-up of the week between reigning champions dms West Bay Hellcats and the undefeated Burger King Panthers, the league’s only unbeaten team.

Early on, Burger King proved they came to play and stay flawless atop the Men’s Premier League. Panthers quarterback Chris Lucas completed 10 of 14 passes, finding receiver Taj Haye in the end zone early in the first half to get the Panthers on the board. Hellcats, led by QB Jacob ‘Frecko’ Ebanks, seemed unable to answer back.

While the Panthers excelled offensively, it was their defence that looked the sharpest. Andrew Frederick led the way with two interceptions. The Hellcat defence, led by Craig Frederick’s two sacks and three tackles, could not stop the Panthers and Burger King rolled to a 23-0 victory.

In the early game, the Maples Dolphins took on the KPMG Sharks. Barrett Edri, who is now back on Island, stepped back into the saddle at QB and didn’t miss a beat, going 12-for-16. Leslie Harvey led the squad with six receptions and two TDs.

KPMG QB Ryne Staback would struggle while the Sharks defence proved unable to stop Dolphin threats like Christopher Bennett as Maples won, 20-6.

In other action, the Cayman Power Sports and Marine Hurricanes faced a Cox Colts still gelling using new recruits. Donnie House took over the Hurricanes QB spot, allowing Glenn Duran Jr. to use his speed as a receiver. House threw no picks and three TDs, with two of them going to Selkirk Watler and the other to Junior McField.

Cox’s defence featured Ross Hinds with three tackles. Colts QB Kevin Solomon kept the score close with TD passes to Jonathon Ebanks and Jonny McLaughlin. Ultimately, the Hurricanes won, 19-12.

The Lone Star Mustangs defeated the WestStar Saints, 27-0. The QB position for WestStar was shared between incumbent hurler Rolfo Whitaker and team captain Theon McCoy. Both men struggled against a Mustangs defence led by Todd Hazlewood’s four tackles. Will Koutney, Neil Carle and Josh Parsons each had picks to shut down the Saints offence.

Theo Edman led the Saints defence with three tackles with other notable defenders being Avery Ebanks and Damion Rose.

In the Women’s Premier League, the AndroGroup Killa-Panthers were coming off a two-game losing streak when they faced the Ultra B’zzz. Androgroup came out determined as QB Lisa Malice threw three passing TDs. The Killa-Panthers would find the end zone three times to win, 20-0.

For the B’zzz, QB Anna Nyaundi went 18-for-28 and Marleena Smith proved to be the hot route with a team-high seven receptions. Sasha Tatum led the defence with one pick and seven tackles.

The Wolverines kept their winning streak alive this week, beating Star Athletic Club, 34-6. Last week’s star player, QB Antoinette Lewis, led the Wolverines with three passing TDs caught by Benecia Thompson and Sophia Foster. Star Athletic QB Kelly Pope had a hard time as Wolverines defender Shinette Rhoden posted four tackles.

Star Athletic did have bright spots as Amanda Nelson posted seven tackles and a pick that she ran back for a TD. Leyla Jackson also recorded five tackles for her team and the result is a positive vibe for coach Lawrence Nelson.

“We’re young and we’re growing”, Nelson said.

The Wolverines are now one of three teams with a 6-2 record. Given the determining factor is points deferential, the Wolverines are now the top seed for the ladies.

The other two 6-2 sides, the CrossFit 7Mile Scorpions and the Lynx, faced off last Saturday. Lynx QB Kim Rivers went 13-for-20 with one passing and one rushing TD. Alex Terry led the offence with four receptions. Scorpions QB Jessica Pawlik threw two TDs while Monique Roberts and Cassandra Bodden led the offence with five receptions and a TD each.

Ed Bush field saw the contest go into overtime with the Lynx prevailing, 13-12, to grab second place and push CrossFit into third.

Zulu Warriors shut out the Maples Thundercats, 26-0. Led by QBs Dionne Whittaker and Jessica Ebanks, the Warriors moved the ball well. Whittaker and Ebanks each posted passing TDs. Bianca Johnson and Shenel Gal each caught TDs.

Maples QB Vanessa Noble threw two picks while Laura McLaughlin and Martina Bodden led the Maples defence with five tackles apiece and Tiffany Ebanks recorded a sack. In spite of those efforts, Maples head coach Shawn Pitterson states improvement is paramount.

“We know what we have to work on and we are going to do just that,” Pitterson said.

The last game of the day saw the Lady Sharks face the Lady Saints. Scimone Campbell got the Lady Sharks on the board with a rushing TD and Serena Yates did the same with a pick she ran back for a TD.

The Lady Saints would shine on defence as Amaris Smith notched four tackles and a sack. As a result, the Sharks barely won, 13-0, in the Lady Saints’ closest game of the season. The play of newcomers like Monique Connolly is most pleasing to team captain Tamika Byrd.

“I can see the growth we are making and I’m extremely proud of my teammates,” Byrd said.

Congratulations are in order for the players of the week: Lisa Malice (Women’s Offence), Amanda Nelson (Women’s Defence), Donnie House (Men’s Offence) and Will Peguero Jr. (Men’s Defence).

This week, the entire league has a bye week. Most of the players volunteered at the Miami Dolphins camp this week, that was put on by the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism at the T.E. McField Sports Centre (commonly called the Annex). League games will resume next Saturday, 3 August, at Ed Bush from 10am.

Dolphins had us flipping out!
Jul 30, 2013, 8:41 am

The Miami Dolphins catered to pigskin lovers in the Cayman Islands.

The Dolphins staged an American football camp in George Town last week at the T.E. McField Sports Centre (popularly called the Annex). Some 150 kids turned out for the two-day event, the first of its kind in Cayman.

Leading the contingent was Twan Russell, who is director of the Dolphins youth and community outreach programme. The former Miami linebacker said it was a wonderful experience being in Cayman.

“It was amazing, the people are beautiful and amazing,” Russell said. “It was amazing that we were given the opportunity to see this place. I’ve been to a lot of other places and, honestly, I don’t recall if I have been anywhere nicer. Everything went great and it was a good opportunity to reach the kids and show them a different sport.”

The Cayman Islands Department of Tourism partnered with the National Football League franchise for the camp with the Cayman Islands Flag Football Association, the country’s governing body for flag football, endorsing the event. Aimed at youngsters ages 6 to 14, the sessions taught American football fundamentals like passing, catching and defending.

Russell, 39, played for seven seasons from 1997 to 2003 and was among several former greats at the camp. The coaching staff featured Troy Drayton, Sam Madison, Oronde Gadsden, Ed Perry, Derrick Rodgers, Lorenzo Hampton, Donnell Bennett and James Brown. Team mascot T.D. was also present.

Drayton, 42, made a promotional visit in May along with Russell and said the turnout was better than expected.

“Everything was amazing, I was pleased to see the kids out with their families and parents,” Drayton said. “For a first-time-ever camp to have over 125 kids is incredible and makes for an amazing trip. It shows how deep Miami roots are here in Cayman.”

Ultra B’zzz keep buzzing along!!!
Jul 19, 2013, 2:40 pm

Week seven of the Digicel Summer League started with the Ultra B’zzz taking on the Lady Saints.

The Saints managed to move the ball last Saturday at the Ed Bush Sports Centre in West Bay. But the B’zzz defence stopped each attempt during the Women’s Premier League match and pulled off a 48-0 win. Ultra players like Benicha Tyndale were left pleased with the team’s performance over the 0-7 Lady Saints.

“Our team has improved tremendously from last year and we are gelling more and more each day,” Tyndale said.

Ultra quarterback Anna Nyaundi led the way offensively with 13 out of 25 completions and eight passing touchdowns. The B’zzz, now fourth 4-3, face off against the 4-3 Androgroup Killa-Panthers, who are fifth after a two-week losing streak.

Androgroup’s latest defeat came to the Zulu Warriors, 18-8. Zulu QB Dionne Whittaker went 10-for-15 as Shenel Gall led the receiving squad with five receptions and one receiving TD, with Bianca Johnson and Jessica Ebanks each nabbing a TD. Zulu are now sixth at 4-3. Androgroup featured Alicia Dixon with six tackles on defence and Shamar Ennis had the lone score. Maples Dolphins battled back and forth with the Cayman Power Sports and Marine Hurricanes before winning 14-6. Maples QB Leslie Harvey went 7-for-10, Davanni James and Larue Nixon each recorded a sack and Jordan Cacho led the defence with three tackles. Defensively, the Hurricanes featured Omar Clarke’s two tackles and two sacks.

Maples, now 5-1-1, sit in second place in the Men’s Premier League while the Hurricanes are sixth at 1-6. Hurricanes coach Clinton Mohammed states his side is looking to bounce back against the Cox Colts.

“We need to get a W for the team, our team needs that boost,” Mohammed said.

Burger King Panthers, the only unbeaten team left in the league, continued their winning streak by beating Theon McCoy’s WestStar Saints, 33-0. The Saints struggled on offence with their QBs throwing three picks. For Burger King captain Brendon Malice, consistency is the key.

“Our team’s been playing consistent and our chemistry gets better each time we step on the field,” Malice said. “Our players take practice seriously and our good turnouts have allowed us to continue to correct mistakes that present themselves. Our team has a humble approach to each game and we respect each team in the league.”

Burger King, 7-0, remain number one in the league while the Saints, 0-7, are in eighth and last place. Up next for the Panthers is a showdown against the reigning champions, the dms West Bay Hellcats.

The Lynx are on a roll, with their latest triumph being over the Maples Thundercats, 12-0. Alex Terry stepped up at QB and threw two TDs to Jen Cotarelo. The Thundercats, now ninth at 1-1-5, struggled to move the ball but Cynthia Powell and Martina Bodden each had some great catches.

In third now are the Lynx, 5-2, just behind the second place Wolverines, 5-2, who tamed the Lady Sharks, 25-0. Wolverines QB Antoinette Lewis, despite fighting an ankle injury, threw 4 TDs and no interceptions. On the other side, Sharks QB Scimone Campbell threw two INTs to defenders Treveen Stewart and Shinette Rhoden. The Sharks are now seventh at 3-4.

The game that everyone was set to watch was the dms West Bay Hellcats and the Lone Star Mustangs. Hellcats QB Jacob ‘Frecko’ Ebanks got off to a quick start and found Clay Coleman for a TD. Mustangs had no answer as Jamie Stephen threw two interceptions. The Hellcats would win, 13-0, and place third at 5-2 with Lone Star now fourth at 5-2. The Hellcats now face the Panthers this Saturday.

The CrossFit Scorpions fought hard to beat Star Athletic Club, 13-6. Scorpions QB Jessica Pawlik went 12-for-20 as Jo Ziegler and Cassandra Bodden each posted a TD. Lennette Scott posted a TD for the Star Athletic while Brittany Ebanks and Amanda Nelson both led the defence with over five tackles. The Scorpions are currently in first at 6-1 while Star Athletic are eighth at 2-1-4.

Wrapping things up would be the Cox Colts beating the KPMG Sharks, 7-0. The Sharks are home to a few former Colts, so many were eager for the grudge match. Offensively, Colts QB Brian O’Reilly went 9-for-14 passes though he threw two picks to Jeff Wight. Offensively, the Sharks struggled more than the Colts, but still managed to keep the game close.

Congratulations to the players of the week: Women’s Offence - Antoinette Lewis (Wolverines), Women’s Defence - Tiffany Ebanks (Lady Saints), Men’s Offence - Raheem Robinson (Cox Colts) and Men’s Defence - Jeff Wight (KPMG Sharks).

Week 8 of the Digicel Summer League, put on by the Cayman Islands Flag Football Association, kicks off on Saturday, 20 July, at Ed Bush. Nine games will take place starting from 10am.

Unbeaten Panthers hunting for more prey!!!
Jul 11, 2013, 2:07 pm

The Burger King Panthers are halfway towards a spotless season.

The Panthers are the last unbeaten team in the Cayman Islands Flag Football Association 2013 Digicel Summer League. Burger King, 6-0, notched its latest win last Saturday in week six of the 12-week season, by beating the 4-1-1 Maples Dolphins, 14-13.

Burger King captain Brendon Malice states the win paves the way for a championship bid.

“We’ll build as a team. We all support one another and only good things can come from here,” Malice said. “I think you will see us compete for the championship this year. We just got to do the little things and eliminate mistakes.

“We have game plans for our games each week. Things happen, like injuries and people going away for vacation, we just got to deal with it when it comes.”

Saturday represented Burger King’s closest brush with defeat at the Ed Bush Sports Centre in West Bay. Maples played a physical game in support of quarterback Leslie Harvey and had a 7-0 lead heading into the final seconds of regulation.

A controversial penalty put Burger King near the end-zone, Taj Haye caught a pinpoint pass from Panthers QB Chris Lucas and an extra-point kick forced the game into overtime.

Nicholas Roberts had a TD catch to put Maples ahead, but Dolphins kicker Terry Ballard missed the extra point, opening the door for Lucas to find Haye for another score and Burger King’s special teams combo of David ‘Swaggy’ Taylor and Simon Rivers converted the winning extra-point.

Malice states those players will be key for future success this season.

“Chris has the most important position on the team. Paul Chin and Jonathan Carter bring intensity each week and energise the other guys on both sides of the ball. David has done well and Ryan Smith has rejoined the team; at running back he chews up yards and helps our offence by putting pressure on opposing defences.

“I think the combo of Chris and Ryan in the backfield is deadly and they have a good supporting cast around them as well.”

Maples, who started the year undefeated through five games, have now dropped to third in the Men’s Premier League standings. The Lone Star Mustangs, 5-1, leaped into second, thanks to a 6-0 triumph over the 1-5 Cayman Power Sports and Marine Hurricanes. Lone Star have been led by Jamie Stephen at quarterback.

For Maples veteran Rupert Whittaker, the focus is not on the loss but on the players who will guide the Dolphins to the playoffs.

“There are guys who are stepping up and playing well,” Whittaker said. “Obviously, Will Peguero Jr. and Barrett Edri are key parts of the team going forward. But Davanni James has really stepped up on the defensive line, Jordan Cacho is one of the best running backs in the league, Christopher Bennett makes catches and Nicholas is becoming a real good safety who has picked up on D quickly.”

Outside of Maples, Lone Star and preseason title favourites Burger King, the rest of the rankings see Clay Coleman and reigning four-time champs dms West Bay Hellcats in fourth at 4-2 followed by Sonny Powell’s 2-1-3 Cox Colts, Glenn Duran Jr.’s 1-5 Hurricanes, Jeff Wight’s 1-5 KPMG Sharks and Theon McCoy’s 0-6 WestStar Saints.

For the ladies, the CrossFit 7Mile Scorpions are no longer undefeated in the Women’s Premier League. CrossFit, now 5-1, lost on Saturday to 3-3 Ultra B’zzz, 12-19. Keisha Solomon stepped in as Scorpions QB with the absence of Jessica Pawlik and Marleena Smith steadied the B’zzz offence.

In spite of the loss, CrossFit still top the ladies. The Scorpions lead the 4-2 Wolverines, 4-2 Lynx, 4-2 Androgroup Killa Panthers, 3-3 Zulu Warriors, 3-3 Lady Sharks, 3-3 Ultra, 2-1-3 Star Athletic Club, 1-1-4 Maples Thundercats and 0-6 Lady Saints.

Only the top six male and female teams make the playoffs, which start on 31 August.

Matches continue this Saturday, 13 July, at Ed Bush. The Lady Saints face Ultra at 10am, at 1.30pm Zulu battle Androgroup while Lynx challenge Maples and at 2.30pm Lady Sharks contend with Wolverines while Star Athletic tussle with CrossFit.

For the men, Hurricanes face Dolphins at 11am, Panthers battle Saints at 12.15pm, Hellcats challenge Mustangs at 3.30pm and the Colts contend with Sharks at 4.45pm.

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