The distant thunderstorms caused widespread power cuts on Grand Cayman but there was plenty of electricity generated in the Flag Football League on Saturday in scorching sunshine.
Week 8’s schedule saw another round of hard fought action at the Triple C Field and many were expecting Margaritaville West Bay Hellcats to continue their unbeaten run against the struggling PricewaterhouseCoopers Chargers. But like the weather, was a storm about to descend on the Hellcats?
In the first game Digicel were just too good for Maples and Calder despite having to field a receiver as a stand-in quarterback. Leslie Harvey stepped up and not only controlled the game with some fine tactical moves he also ran in for a touchdown himself. Celester Anderson and Oliver Parker got the other TDs for Digicel in their 18-0 victory. Harvey said: ‘I got sacked a lot and had to do a lot of scrambling but considering it was not my normal position I did okay.’
Next Level Nightmares played like a dream against West Tel, with QB John Mack finding his receivers with ease. They won 6-0 with Mark Colless and Phil O’Connor able to hurt WestTel repeatedly with fine, weaving runs. Running back/receiver O’Connor said: ‘We won but we had too many penalties. They played a much better offense than us but we had a better defense. This is my first season playing with Next Level although I’m a seven-year veteran in flag football and although we’re only third in our division I think we’re good enough to win it.’
Margaritaville beat Hammerhead Sharks narrowly the previous week so cracks were showing. If they underestimated PriceWaterhouse there could be an upset. Hellcats were in no mood to surrender their unbeaten record though and it was supreme quarterback Jacob ‘Frecko’ Ebanks again who provided the passes for five touchdowns in an emphatic 36-0 win. Typically, the Hellcats defense was dominant, putting immense pressure on the opposition QB Justin Miller which paved the way for the offense. Hellcats’ James ‘Cadillac’ Collins and Charlie ‘Roc’ Ebanks in particular had brilliant games.
George ‘Teddy’ Hydes is the Hellcats coach besides being the president of Cayman Islands Flag Football Association. He said: ‘I have to try to remain unbiased here, but I thought Frecko was awesome today. He made all the right decisions for us.’
The final match pitted AL Thompson’s Hammers against the Hammerhead Sharks. No one expected anyone to get a, eh, hammering and that is exactly what happened in a keenly contested encounter. In the best game of the day, tensely fought and sometimes spilling over into confrontations, the Sharks overcame stern resistance to win 19-13. Sharks quarterback Nolan Karrum was his usual fired up self, rushing for two TDs with Doss Solomon getting the other score. Neville Morgan was the pick of the Sharks receivers with a series of mesmerising runs. Hammers QB Kevin Sullivan was one of the best players of the day, shame he had to be on the losing side. Hammers receiver Nigel Solomon gave the Sharks plenty of trouble with some powerful runs. Sullivan rushed for a touchdown and Peter Small got the other score. As the match concluded a smattering of rain disturbed the afternoon’s radiant sun. Mercifully, the downpour never materialised.
Maragaritaville remain top of the West Divison as do Digicel in the Eastern Divison with Sharks second in the east and Next Level second in the west.