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Bulldogs Bite, Packers Cruise and Hellcats Explode!!!!
Aug 7, 2012, 9:17 am

Week 8 of the Digicel Men’s Flag Football Premier League continued at the Ed Bush Field, West Bay with a number of compelling matchups on the table.

The first game of the day featured the streaking Maples Packers against the struggling Cox Colts. These two teams hooked up in week one and went down to the wire with the Colts eking out the victory. Public perception of both teams has since changed as the Packers are now seen as a legitimate championship contender whilst the Colts are fighting for their playoff lives.

For the Packers, QB Edri Barrett continued his hot play putting his name in the conversation for mid-season League MVP. His teammates have rallied around him and the results have paid dividends with the team winning its last five games. They are now in sole possession of second place and one game behind league powerhouse DMS Hellcats. On the day, Barrett completed 8 of 13 passes, 1 resulting in a TD when he connected with Tyler Lee on a gorgeous deep post route, which appears to be the staple of their offensive attack. He also rushed for 2 TDs adding to his league leading 6 rushing TDs. Defensively, Deandre Simpson and Edison Jackson played hard-nose football shedding blockers to come up with 4 and 5 tackles a piece respectively. Lesley Harvey was his typical ball hawking self, coming up with his 4th INT of the season.

For the Colts, Kevin Solomon was under center and struggled once again. He completed 8 of 13 passes, 1 rushing TD and two INTs. In consecutive weeks, they have failed to score double digit points. Offensively spacing appears to be a factor as they seem to lack a vertical receiver that can consistently make plays outside the numbers. This allows opposing defenses to play more freely and closer to the line of scrimmage negating the Colts offensive strengths. They rely heavily on running the ball and the short intermediate passing game featuring Chester Hurlstone and Brad Conolly. Defenses are aware of this and as a result they find themselves facing more 3rd downs than any other team with playoff aspirations in the league. Typically teams that adopt this formula have a high 3rd down conversion rate (which they don’t), positive turnover margin (they’re amongst league worst) and feature a top notch defense (they’re middle of the pack). Having said that, the team is still only one game out of playoff contention and is loaded with a number of veteran players such as Raymond Barnes, Jeff Wight and Rhys Ebanks who know what it takes to be successful.

In the second game of the day, the DMS Hellcats thrashed the PWC Raiders 54-0. Hellcats QB Jacob “Frecko” Ebanks had a career day completing an amazing 25-27 passes, 7 resulting in TDs which is a CIFFA record. Oliver Parker kicked off the offensive explosion with one of his two TDs coming off a screen pass for his first TD of the season. Perry “BoyWonder” Levy, Kevin Maxwell, Clay Coleman, Rashaun Rivers and Antonio Angel were the recipients of the other TDs. Additionally; Richard Allen returned an interception for a TD and Nick Bush kicked in 6 of 7 Xtra points to round out the scoring for the Hellcats. Defensively, Damien “Beast” Barboram returned from vacation and was his normal disruptive self, setting the tone for the Hellcats who snatched their first shut out of the season.

For PWC, it was unfortunately another disappointing effort by the team collectively. Offensively they were unable to move the ball beyond midfield and defensively they gave up more points than any team has in a number of years. That said, the team kept fighting from start to finish staying positive and showing good sportsmanship throughout. Chris Lebeau led the charge and although under heavy duress all game, he made a few nice throws up the Hellcats seam to his favorite target Justin Miller. Defensively, Brett Eden and Jeff Stower had good outings with 3 and 4 tackles a piece. PWC look to get off the snide next week against Club House whilst the Hellcats meet up against Cox.

The final and most competitive game of the day saw the Club House Bulldogs clip the Burger King Panthers 13-7.

Burger King came out of the gates early featuring a heavy dose of the screen game to get in scoring position. A few plays later, QB Chris Lucas broke the Bulldog’s defensive outside contain to connect with Neil Appleby for a TD on an out pattern. Simon Rivers kicked in the Xtra point to round out the scoring for the Panthers. Brendon Malice had a good day on both sides of the ball with 3 receptions and 3 tackles and Rivers showed his improved coverage skills with a nice INT on a deep pattern. Burger King had a shot towards the end of the game when Lucas threw a great pass to a wide open receiver down the field. Unfortunately, the receiver struggled to make the catch cleanly popping it up in the air for grabs by the Bulldogs secondary sealing their fate. Burger King will look to bounce back this week against the Cayman Power Sports & Marine Hurricanes who are coming off a bye.

For the Bulldogs, Chris Spigner shook off a shaky start to lead his team to a much needed victory. He showed off his jaw dropping arm strength when he took advantage of some un-disciplined coverage by the Panthers secondary launching a 65 yard tight spiral TD to his favorite playmaker Jon Pump. This momentum changing play happened with mere seconds remaining in the first half and it seemed to deflate the Panthers who had clearly outplayed their opponent up to that point. The reenergized Bulldogs never looked back as Spigner would later hook up with Pump again for the game breaking TD off a nice fade pattern. Defensively, converted linebacker Todd Hazlewood had his group playing admirably. Chip Whitney, Kevin Simmer and Dave "Spanish" Valez had a sack a piece instigating 3 INTs by the Bulldogs defensive backs.

Congrats to Frecko and Spanish who earned offensive and defensive player of the week honors.

 


Digicel awards West Bay fans
Aug 3, 2012, 9:09 am

Telecommunications giant Digicel is rewarding flag football fans in the Cayman Islands.

Digicel awarded two people with a Blackberry 9320 last Saturday at the Ed Bush field in West Bay. In addition, a Samsung Galaxy SII was also presented to Player of the Week Perry Levy, of the dms Hellcats in the Digicel 2012 Men’s Summer Flag Football League, put on by the Cayman Islands Flag Football Association.

Keeping the promise of creating excitement for both fans and players, spectators were randomly selected from the stands weekly for their chance to win a handset from Digicel. In the first three weeks, three fans were selected to attempt a field goal for their chance to win a Samsung Galaxy SII, unfortunately no one was able to claim the Galaxy handset.

In week four, two fans were selected in Kemar Scott and Jamie Johnson. Both fans attempted the field goal but it was Kemar who kicked and won the handset.

Last Saturday three fans attempted a field goal with the first kicker, Karl Noble, being successful. The other two kickers, Rashad Rankin and Ramon Sealy, thought all was lost but they were also given the opportunity to kick. Rashad successful made a touchdown as well, forcing the two kickers to move back to the 25 yard line for a kick off. Though both failed to make the 25-yard kick, they were rewarded with a Blackberry Curve 9320.

In addition to the fan awards, the players were spoiled too. For the month of June, league players of the week were posted on Digicel Cayman’s Facebook Page. Fans were encouraged to vote for their favourite player and the person with the most fan votes would be awarded a Samsung Galaxy SII.

The recent finalists were Glenn Duran – Cayman Power Sports and Marine Hurricanes, Paul Chin – Burger King Panthers, Phil Brown – Hellcats, Andrew Graham – Maples Packers, Damian Barboram – Hellcats, Chris Lucas – Panthers, Perry Levy – Hellcats and Jamaal Anderson – Hellcats. With a total of 36 votes, Levy was announced the fan favourite. For Digicel’s Marketing Communications Manager Sharez Laws, adding drama to the league is a major goal.

“We wanted to give not only the fans but also the players something to look forward to,” Laws said. “Each week, the players provide the fans with good games and entertainment and it would only be fair to award them for their hard work as well. To make it more interesting, we thought we’d let the fans choose their favourite player through our facebook page.

“We are pleased with the results so far and look forward to adding to the momentum in the months leading to the end of the league. I would like to congratulate Perry and also the fans.

Many thought the field goal attempt was impossible, but we’ve had three winners to date and we look forward to giving the fans and players more.”

League action continues this Saturday, 4 August, at Ed Bush. The Cox Colts battle Maples at 1.30pm, the Hellcats face the Renegades at 2.45pm and the Club House Bulldogs challenge Panthers at 4pm. 


Maples rising through the pack
Aug 3, 2012, 9:05 am

About a month ago, the Maples Packers looked on course for another lackluster season. An 0-2 start in the Digicel Summer League, put on by the Cayman Islands Flag Football Association, had them near the bottom of the standings.

Now, Maples are on a roll at the Ed Bush Field in West Bay, winning four straight contests. Leading the crew is Will Peguero Jr, who serves as one of the team captains. He states the winning streak is expected. “It’s not a surprise, the work we’re putting in is obviously producing wins,” Peguero Jr said. “We are where we hoped and planned to be; in a position to make the playoffs. That was our first goal.” The latest victory came last Saturday in a nail-biting 20-18 victory over the Club House Bulldogs. Rookie of the Year contender Barrett Edri propelled Maples from the pocket, connecting often with veteran wide receiver Rupert Whittaker.

Club House were guided by talented quarterback Chris Spigner, who burned the Packers on deep throws to Jyoti Choi and Jon Pump. Chris Smith made some admirable runs out of the backfield. Late drama decided the match, with Peguero Jr making big plays on defence.

The Packers, 4-2, will now look to cement their second place rank in the seven-team league this Saturday, 4 August, at Ed Bush against the Cox Colts at 1.30pm.

Cox, the 2011 finalist, are currently fourth at 3-3 and are coming off a disappointing 14-8 loss to the Burger King Panthers. Burger King, now third at 4-2, did their damage in the second half. Chris Lucas, Jonathan Carter and Brendon Malice led the Panthers offence. QB Kevin Solomon was ineffective for the Colts, whose best option was hand-offs to running backs Chester Hurlston and Brad Conolly. Peguero Jr states Saturday’s encounter with Cox is personal. “It was definitely marked on the calendar, given our first loss of the season came to them. Being essentially a new team, we were trying to find chemistry. I feel confident we can give them more of a game and be more of a challenge.”

Saturday’s other encounters pit the dms Hellcats, first place at 5-1, against the 0-6 PWC Renegades at 2.45pm with 3-3 Club House facing Burger King at 4pm. For the record, last Saturday’s other match was a 15-6 win for the Cayman Power Sports and Marine Hurricanes over Brandon Ure and the Renegades. The Hurricanes, 2-4, were guided by Glenn Duran Jr, Neville Morgan and Junior McField.


Hellcats tame Bulldogs to retain top spot!!!
Jul 24, 2012, 4:03 pm

The Digicel Men’s Flag Football Premier League continued this week featuring the top two teams, being the DMS Hellcats and Club House Bulldogs.

The Hellcats came in boasting the top offense in the league whilst the Bulldogs featured the top defence. Additional buzz surrounded the match-up due to the heralded return of QB Chris Spigner to the Bulldogs line-up. Dave "Spanish" Valez filled in admirably during Spigner's absence but many believe that Spigner brings a more explosive element to the Bulldogs offensive attack with his ability to challenge defences vertically. This theory was put on display early as the Bulldog’s opening play saw Spigner connect with Jyoti Choi up the seam of the Hellcats defence for a 55 yard TD. Choi followed up his TD with an XTRA point kick right between the uprights.

On came the savvy Hellcats offense led by Jacob “Frecko” Ebanks looking to respond. In typical fashion, they went with a methodical approach highlighting their ability to run the football, complete short passes and screens. Frecko read the defensive coverage well spreading the ball around to a plethora of receivers being Oliver Parker, Nikolai Hill, Kevin Maxwell and Perry “BoyWonder” Levy to get the Hellcats in scoring position. Two plays later he connected with Clay Coleman for a TD igniting the Hellcats bench. Whilst their offense was clicking, Phil Brown gathered his defensive group to cover assignments in an effort to avoid another quick strike by the Bulldogs offense. The defence responded commendably by shutting out the Bulldogs the rest of the game. Al Nixon, Jeremy "Buff" Miller and fill-in Richard Allen were instrumental for the Hellcats with a number of timely sacks and tackles. As momentum continued to flow the Hellcats way, Frecko maintained his stellar play when he hooked up with the Boywonder for the game winning TD snagging offensive player of the week honours. Final score 12-7.

Albeit the loss, the Bulldogs look to be a strong contender going forward. Defence has always been the blueprint of their success but offensively many anticipate a more consistent attack once former offensive MVP Jon Pump and Spigner get re-acclimated. In the first game of day, the Burger King Panthers shut out the PWC Renegades 16- 0 to end their 2 game losing streak.

Chris Lucas led the charge completing 10 of 17 passes, 1 TD with one INT. Taj Haye whose play has improved each week was the recipient of his 1 TD pass. Jon "Carol City" Carter ran in the second TD, Steve Ebanks forced a safety and Simon Rivers kicked in a few XTRA points to round out the scoring for the Panthers. Defensively, Samuel Anderson was a game changer with 3 INTs cementing him as defensive player of the week.

For PWC, Chris Lebeau was under centre once again and had a rough outing. He only completed 3 of 7 passes with no TDs and 2 INTS. Back-up Brandon Ure replaced Lebeau later in the game and was just as ineffective. It’s the same old story for the struggling Renegades who are winless on the season. They do face a caving Hurricanes team this week and some believe this might be their best opportunity to get a win.

The other game of the day saw the Maples Packers survive a late charge by the Cayman Power Sports and Marine Hurricanes to win 13-6. Barrett Edri continued his solid play leading a number of quality drives, two resulting in TDs. Will Pequero Jr was again his favourite target with a number of receptions, one in traffic resulting in a TD. Chris “WetRice” Bennett caught the second TD for the Packers showing signs of his growth each week at the receiver position. Defensively, Larue Nixon had a solid game with an INT and 5 tackles. The Packers look to improve on their three game winning streak when they face off against the Bulldogs in this week’s feature game of the week.

For the Hurricanes, Glenn Duran Jr. had another shaky outing as he and the Hurricanes offense struggled to build any flow in the first half. From the outside looking in, it seems that they’re struggling determining their football identity as a unit. There is really no excuse for such a talented team to have a 1-4 record so individually players need to take a hard look in the mirror in order to right the ship. Barron Solomon was once again a bright spot scoring a TD off a nice spin move avoiding potential tacklers. Jr McField chipped in with 5 receptions as well. Davelee "Bull" Cole showed a lot of range in coverage at the safety position with an INT and a number of passes knocked down. The Hurricanes have a favourable matchup this week against the PWC Renegades and need a win to stay in post season contention.


Summer League Heats up!!!!
Jul 17, 2012, 4:22 pm

Week 5 of the Digicel Men’s Flag Football Premier League continued at the Ed Bush Field, West Bay. With playoff seeding already a focal point at this stage in the season, teams are keen to play their best football from here on out.  

This was quite apparent in our feature matchup of the week being the Cox Colts vs the Cayman Power and Marine Hurricanes. Coming in the Hurricanes had a record of 1-2 for the season and the Colts were losers of 2 of their last 3 games. Both teams needed this win to shrug off their subpar play to this point and prove they belong amongst the elite. With that being said, only one, being Cox seemed to understand the significance of the game and performed accordingly.

Colts QB Kevin Solomon bounced back from a less than stellar performance the week before with a sharp outing. His pocket awareness, defensive coverage recognition and ball placement was impressive throughout. He orchestrated a number of scoring drives resulting in TD's for Richard Campbell and Chester Hurlstone and a rushing TD of his own. Brad Conolly made some nice gains avoiding "would be" tacklers coming out of the backfield. Their offense as they say was clicking on all cylinders early on.

For the Hurricanes, QB Glenn Duran had a rough day completing 6 of 9 passes, 1 TD with 1 INT. He seemed impatient with his offensive line at times leaving the pocket prematurely. Overall team efficiency was affected and frustration was building up on the side-line. A pass attempt in tight coverage that resulted in an INT for Colts DB Roger McLaughlin pretty much summed up the disappointing half for Hurricanes as they trailed 19-6.

With tempers flaring, the second half would be short lived as an altercation between a Hurricanes defensive lineman and a Colts offensive lineman led to a "clearing of the benches" by both teams. The commotion which included aggressive altercations will most likely lead to a number of fines and suspensions for players from both teams. This would lead to the officials stopping play and after further discussion calling the game leaving the final score at 19-6 in favour of Cox.

In this first game of the day, the DMS Hellcats outlasted a late surge by the Burger King Panthers for a 19-14 win. Jacob "Frecko" Ebanks led the charge for the Hellcats and for a third straight week composed an opening drive that resulted in a TD. Clay Coleman was the recipient of the TD getting good position over his defender to make a tough catch. Running back Oliver Parker and the Hellcats offensive line, which included fill-in Jason "Papi-Rican" Gonzalez, was once again the driving force behind the Hellcats attack. Nikolai Hill chipped in with 2 receptions, 1 TD and Renford Barnes returned an INT for a TD to round out the scoring for the Hellcats. Defensively, Tito Solomon was amped up to play his former team making a couple "tackles for lost" by shooting the backside gap on a number of attempted stretch runs by Burger King.

For Burger King, Chris Lucas showed great composure rallying his team from a 12-0 deficit. He completed 7 of 17 passes, 2TDs with one costly INT. Taj Haye and Simon Rivers were the recipients of his TD passes. Unfortunately, the hole they dug themselves in proved too much to overcome forcing their attack to become one dimensional and thus susceptible to the Hellcat defence. With less than a minute remaining, Burger King attempted an onside kick for a chance at one more possession but the uncanny smarts of rookie sensation Rashaun Rivers was on full display as he broke their outside contain with a perfectly placed lateral pass to teammate Renford Barnes, which sealed the game for the Hellcats.

In the final game of the day, The Maples Packers cruised by the PWC Renegades 25- 6. Barrett Edri was once again under center for the roaring Packers team and continued to impress teammates and players throughout the league. He moved the ball down the field meticulously with a variety of quick passes up the seam and with screen passes out wide to receivers. This led to a throw-back option pass to former Packers QB Tyler Lee who threw deep and connected with Will Pequero Jr for a TD. From there the Packers would go on to score a few more times to break the game wide open. The only thing that did not go in the Packers favour was Terry Ballard's repeated failed Xtra point kick attempts.

For PWC, Chris Lebeau led the charge and put together an okay outing. He completed 9 of 19 passes, 1 TD and 2 INTS. Week in and week out, the Renegades offensive put together one or two scoring drives that show flashes of promise. If they focus on limiting offensive turnovers and defensive lapses, many believe they can pull a few upsets. Justin Miller had a great day with 5 receptions and 1 TD. Defensively, Jeff Stower was disruptive with a number of tackles and a sack.


Hurricanes get off the snide with upset!!!
Jul 9, 2012, 4:26 pm

Week 4 of the Digicel Men’s Flag Football Premier League continued at the Ed Bush Field, West Bay. This week's highlights saw the undefeated DMS Hellcats get snagged by the winless Cayman Power Sports & Marine Hurricanes.

The game got off to a quick start for the Hellcats offense. Oliver Parker initiated the drive with a 8 yard run "off left tackle" followed by a 10 yard gain from a screen pass. This set up a big play off "play action" where Jacob "Frecko" Ebanks connected with Kevin Maxwell for a 25 yard gain, placing the Hellcats at the Hurricanes 15 yard line. Shortly thereafter, Frecko hooked up with Perry "BoyWonder" Levy in the back right corner of the end zone for the game's first score. The Hellcats excitement would be short lived though, as a play later Nigel Solomon intercepted their 1pt conversion attempt and returned it 79 yards for the score.

On came the Hurricanes offense led by Glenn Duran Jr. with a supporting cast showcasing good size and strength. It was apparent early on that their game plan was to control the pace of the game with misdirection runs, quarter back keepers off draw plays and fake hand offs. After a couple of unsuccessful drives, the Hurricanes made what many consider the game changing play of the game right before halftime. This featured a 45 yard TD connection between Glenn and Ransford Welcome on a deep route, who eluded a number of "would be" tacklers, bringing fans to their feet.

With all the momentum swinging in the Hurricanes favor, confidence was building within their team and it showed on their first drive of the second half. Glenn orchestrated a flawless series, mostly with his legs but with a compliment of short passes setting up a game breaking TD connection with Barron Solomon. After the Hurricanes failed to convert their xtra pt attempt, the Hellcats made a late push in the dying moments when Frecko connected with Renford Barnes for a TD. This brought the score to 13-12 in favor of the Hurricanes. The Hellcats opted to go for a 2pt conversion to win the game but the Hurricanes defense held firm handing the Hellcats their first loss in over a year.

In the first game of the day, the Club House Bulldogs grinded out a 7-0 win against the Cox Colts. A defensive game throughout, the Bulldogs were able to make just enough plays on offense to get the win. Dave "Spanish" Valez once again took the reins at QB completing 7 of 10 passes, with one resulting in a TD to Jon Pump. Jyoti Choi converted the xtra pt rounding out the scoring for the Bulldogs who head into their bye on a 3 game winning streak.

For the Colts, QB Kevin Solomon had one of his worst performances of his solid career. He only completed 2 of 10 passes and virtually was ineffective all game. He seemed hesitant to pull the trigger on a number of passing plays and allowed the Bulldogs defensive frontline to gain more confidence and attack with aggression. Chester Hurlstone was the recipient of his two completions being check downs out the back field. It's fair to assume that the Colts will spend the week trying to improve their offense as they try and bounce back against the Hurricanes this week.

Defensively, the Colts did an admiral job holding the Bulldogs to 7pts considering they spent the majority of the game on the field. The trio of Chester Hurlstone, Johnny McLaughlin and Raymond Barnes disrupted the Bulldogs offense most of the game, each coming up with a sack a piece. Brad Conolly added 3 tackles from their secondary.

The second game of the week displayed what many consider a "coming out" party for the talented Maples Packers. Offensively they put on a show against the Burger King Panthers. Rookie QB Edri Barrett led the charge, completing 15 of 18 passes, 3TD's, one each to Will Peguero Jr., Leslie Harvey and Chris Bennett. Offensively the Packers are showing signs of growth and look to keep the chains moving this week against the struggling PWC Renegades who are coming off a bye.

For Burger King, Chris Lucas had a quiet day only completing 6 of 15 passes with 1TD. Unfortunately most of his production came in the dying moments of the game when the result was evident. David "Swaggy" Taylor rounded out the scoring with a nice TD reception. Defensively, Paul Chin was a factor all game with three sacks showcasing his ability to shred blockers and get after the quarterback. 


Club House shut out Cayman Power Sports & Marine
Jul 4, 2012, 10:57 am

Week 3 of the Digicel Men’s Flag Football Premier League continued at the Ed Bush Field, West Bay.

In the first game of the day, the Club House Bulldogs continued their winning ways with an impressive outing against rival Cayman Power Sports & Marine Hurricanes, winning 13-0. Dave "Spanish" Velez led the charge completing 9 of 15 passes, 1 TD. He also rushed for a second TD making a case for offensive player of the week. Jyoti Choi rounded out the scoring for Club House with a reception TD.

For Cayman Power Sports & Marine, Greg Ebanks handled quarterback duties for Glenn Duran and struggled with consistency throughout the game. Perennial defensive play makers like Todd Hazlewood and Jon Pump for Club House played the passing lanes well forcing a number of interceptions stalling potential scoring drives for the Hurricanes. Baron Solomon was the lone bright spot for the Hurricanes offense with 5 receptions on the day. The Hurricanes look to bounce back against the Hellcats this week whilst the Bulldogs face off against Cox in what many consider the game of the week.

In the second game of the day, the Cox Colts clobbered the PWC Ironmen 25-0. Kevin Solomon once again led the charge for the favored Colts with a solid outing. Kevin completed 13 of 21 passes, 3 for TD's with 2 Ints. He spread the ball all game to multiple receivers with TD passes to Jeff Wight, Andrew Frederick and Richard Campbell. Jonny McLaughlin also performed admirably for Cox pressuring the Ironmen's QB all game. Offensively he also made some plays out of the backfield gaining solid rushing yards. Chester Hurlstone rounded out the scoring for Cox with 5 receptions and 1 rushing TD.

For the Ironmen, its back to the drawing board once again as their offense failed to score any points for the second straight week. Defensively the Ironmen gave a solid effort led by veterans James Collins and Antonio Hanna. Offensively, Jeff Stower took over quarterback duties for Chris LeBeau and was uncomfortable in the pocket all game. He completed 4 of 18 passes and was erratic most of the game. PWC has a bye this week and will spend their time off improving their league worst offense.

The final and most dramatic game of the day featured the DMS Hellcats and Maples Packers. Many are curious to see how the upstart Maples team will develop throughout the season. They have been a quality team with playoff aspirations over the years and with the acquisition of former league MVP, Leslie Harvey as well as all-stars Andrew Graham, Will Pequero Jr and George Bustillo, they will no doubt prove to be a formidable foe going forward. Offensively, Rookie of the Year candidate Edri Barrett took the helm at quarterback and showed flashes of brilliance throughout the game. He avoided would be sacks consistently keeping plays alive with his legs. His ability to convert third downs frustrated the Hellcat defense and kept their league leading offense off the field. However, although giving up chunks of yards, the Hellcats defense led by Phil Brown who had 6 tackles and 1 interception, forced a number of key turnovers in crucial moments and that proved to be the difference. Off turnovers, Jacob "Frecko" Ebanks connected with Perry "BoyWonder" Levy in the first half for a walk in TD and then with Nikolai Hill late in the second half which sealed the game for the Hellcats. Final score 13-6. 


Burger King grill Hurricanes
Jun 29, 2012, 11:23 am

Week two of the Digicel 2012 Men’s Summer League saw compelling match-ups at the Ed Bush Field in West Bay.

Cayman’s premier male flag football competition saw the reigning champs stay unbeaten while a promising contender stayed among the undefeated ranks. The feature game of the week was a rematch of last year’s finals as the dms Hellcats and Cox Colts faced off and delivered a playoff-type game.

Cox jumped out to an early 6-0 lead with an impressive opening drive which almost seemed scripted. Led by veteran quarterback Kevin Solomon, the Colts had a good balance of power runs and short passes. The result was an easy walk-in touchdown by Chester Hurlston. After the failed extra point attempt by the Colts, the Hellcats offense trotted on to the field.

Six-time champion QB Jacob “Frecko” Ebanks had the Hellcats stick to their traditional balanced approach. Phil Brown was the featured running back and behind the stellar offensive line of Adrean Russell, Barry Bush and Ronaldo Garcia he was able to pick up chunks of positive yards throughout.

This forced the Colts defence to squeeze up tighter to the line of scrimmage, putting more pressure on their defensive backs. The Hellcats immediately took advantage with an over the top 40-yard TD connection between Frecko and Perry “Boy Wonder” Levy tying the game at the half.

The second half would be one-sided as the Hellcats, who have newcomers like Tito Solomon, unleashed Damien “Beast” Barboram. He was in the back field most of the game and finished with a number of tackles and three sacks. The Colts offense while Frecko connected with Boy Wonder for their second TD late, which turned out to be the game-winning score as dms prevailed 13-6.

Burger King would also end their Saturday 2-0 after nipping the Power Sports and Marine Hurricanes 13-6. For Burger King, upstart QB Chris Lucas put together a quality debut completing eight of 12 passes with two TDs and no turnovers. Turnovers proved to be the difference as Hurricanes QB Glenn Duran had three picks. Nigel Solomon scored the lone TD for the Hurricanes, who seem to have the moxie but need to improve in a number of areas. Steve Ebanks rounded out the scoring for Burger King.

The Club House Bulldogs got their first win of the season with a solid outing against the vastly improved PWC Ironmen 25-6. For Club House, QB duties were split between Dave Velez and Luigi Moxam as there appears to be a competition for the starting job taking place. Both QBs orchestrated solid scoring drives. Jon Harvey, Josh Parsons, Brooklyn Earick rounded out the scoring for Club House, who face Cayman Power Sports and Marine next.

For PWC, Chris LeBeau connected with Paul Chisholm for their only score of the day. The Ironmen will now look to get off the snide against Cox in week three.

Ed Bush will host all week three matches this Saturday, 30 June. At 1.30pm, the Hurricanes face Club House, at 2.45pm PWC battle Cox and at 4pm the Maples Packers face the Hellcats.

Aside from the competition, fans can expect loads of giveaways and half-time festivities orchestrated by Digicel. The telecommunications company has sponsored the league for $6,000. The weekly match activities will give spectators the opportunity to win vouchers, free credit and handsets.

At the official opening of the league this month, three fans were randomly selected from the crowd and given the chance to kick a field goal in an attempt to win a Samsung Galaxy SII.

For Digicel Cayman’s Marketing Manager Sharez Laws, the partnership is a long time in the making.

“We have been working on establishing a relationship with the flag football association for a year now,” Laws said. “We did a few activities together in 2011 and recognized so much potential in the sport and its players. We are committed to working with the members of the board to not only assist with the existing league but also bring it to its full potential.

“Our ultimate goal is to make the experience this year a bigger, better and of course an unforgettable one for both players and patrons.”


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