Flag football is back and the first weekend’s games were as thrilling as ever.
The 2008 edition of the Cayman Islands Flag Football League got underway Saturday afternoon at the league’s new home.
Six of the seven teams in the men’s division saw action at the Cayman International School Field at Caymana Bay.
The women’s division, a new addition to the scene kicks off this weekend. There are seven women’s teams competing.
In the afternoon’s opening encounter the defending champs, Goldfield Cayman West Bay Hellcats, started defense of their title on the right foot with a 13 – 7 victory over Maples and Calder.
The Hellcats came out sluggish and Maples made a game of it in the first half, however the experience and athleticism of West Bay was enough to seal the win.
Maples had the ball late in the second half but the Hellcat defense held and West Bay ran out the clock for their 14th straight victory over two seasons.
Jacob ‘Frecko’ Ebanks was 15 for 20 with two touchdown passes to lead the West Bay offense, Perry Levy hauled in both TD passes.
On the defensive side, Nate Narcisse and Al Nixon each had interceptions as the defense showed glimpses of last year’s form.
For Maples, QB Kevin Solomon who led the national team to a strong showing in this year’s World Cup, completed 7 of 18 passes with one TD and two interceptions.
Michael Wilson caught the lone Maples Score. West Bay meets up with the Dog House Bulldogs this week in what should be a great football game. Maples takes on PWC Ironmen.
The second game of the afternoon provided a mild upset of sorts. Hammerhead Pirates edged Caybrew Farm Soldiers 12-6.
The defense led the way for the Pirates in this hard fought match up. Newcomer Neil Clements was 9 of 19 with two TDs and one interception in his debut at quarterback for Hammerheads.
Nigel Solomon and Patrick Cover each had a touchdown catch for the Pirates. Luigi Moxam was 7 of 16 for the Farm Soldiers with one TD and one interception. Leslie Harvey, Moxam’s favourite target last year, caught the lone Caybrew score.
Hammerheads defense was the reason for the victory as they did not let the high powered Caybrew offense get untracked.
Brendon Malice , Ranfor Welcome and Darren Trickett all had strong games for the Pirate defense.
Jeff Wight had three solo tackles and one interception on the defensive side of the ball for the Farm Soldiers.
Caybrew have the bye next week and this will give head coach Johan Moxam more time to adjust to his vaunted offensive schemes. Hammerheads takes on Stingers in next weeks first game. Stingers had the bye this week.
In the final game of the afternoon, Dog House Bulldogs overcame a slow start to easily handle the PWC Ironmen who showed they are a much improved team over last year’s doormats.
PWC played the heavily favoured Bulldogs evenly for most of the first half but the PWC’s lack of offense again proved to be their Achilles heel.
Dog House opened the scoring with a safety on PWC’S first offensive play of the game. The Ironmen were starting from their own one yard line and the Bulldogs blitzed five defenders and came up with the sack in the end zone for a 2-0 lead that would hold until the second half when they regained their form of last year. The final score was 15-0 for the Bulldogs.
John Mack, the Bulldogs veteran QB, was 11 of 22 with 2 TDs and one interception. He, as always, was the straw that stirred the drink for the offense and his calm hand was the difference in the outcome.
Sean Moyle and Joe Ferruzzi had TD receptions for Dog House while Leif Ristimaki picked up right where he left off last year as the shining star for the defense.
For PWC Justin Miller had a slow start to the year going 3 for 22 with two interceptions. Karl Noble was all over the field for the PWC defense and kept the score from climbing a lot higher.
PWC meet Maples in their game on Saturday while Dog House get right back at it with a tough encounter against the Hellcats.
The ladies kick off on Saturday with three games, again all at the Cayman International School Field at Camana Bay. Action kicks off at 12:15pm.