Hot was the perfect word to describe the temperatures and competitive fires as the teams took to the field for week 4 games in the Cayman Island’s Flag Football League on Saturday.
In the first game at the International School Field at Camana Bay, the Goldfield Cayman Hellcats put their undefeated streak on the line against the Hammerhead Pirates.
This was the marquee match up of the day but someone forgot to tell the Pirates. Goldfield used their usual formula to earn a 10-0 victory to improve their record to 4 and 0.
Goldfield’s defense sacked quarterbacks Neil Clements and Donnie House twice for safeties and Frecko Ebanks connected with Colin Anglin for a touchdown pass to account for all the points the Hellcats would need in keeping their perfect record intact.
The Pirates’ offense looked sluggish and slow, not at all what was expected. Both House and Clements finished 5 of 24 in the passing department and House threw two interceptions as the offense just looked heavy footed and really disinterested.
The Hammerheads defense played a much more motivated game as the score could have been worse had it not been for the work horse performance of Brendon Malice, Nigel Solomon and Selkirk Watler who all made key tackles to stop Hellcat drives.
Ebanks finished 20 of 26 with the one TD pass and again looked in control in the pocket time after time.
As usual, Perry ‘BoyWonder’ Levy had a strong receiving game collecting a game high five receptions for Goldfield. Clay Coleman and Craig ‘Festa’ Frederick had the sacks for safeties in leading the Hellcat defense who have not been scored on in two games.
Hammerheads fell to 2 and 1 and take on PWC in heir next encounter while Goldfield clash with the CayBrew Farm Soldiers which will be the game of the week.
The second game saw Maples break their two game scoring drought but it was not enough as the Caybrew Farm Soldiers won 12-6.
Caybrew were the better team all day but are going to have to play much more disciplined football if they are to challenge for league supremacy.
Coach Johan Moxam has both the horse and the philosophies to win but the meshing is taking a little longer than he would like.
The offense looked the most consistent it has all year. Luigi Moxam was back at the wheel this week going 9 for 16 with one touchdown pass in helping his team improve their record to 2 and 1.
Leslie Harvey had another stellar two-way game catching the lone touchdown pass and also intercepting an errant Kevin Solomon pass.
Oliver Parker was the workhorse for the Caybrew offense carrying the ball all afternoon and rushing for one score.
For Maples, Solomon looked much more comfortable at QB in his new team going 11 of 20 with two interceptions and rushing for the Maples score.
Maples receivers are still adjusting to Solomon’s scrambling style; however Winston Connolly seemed to be on the same wavelength and hooked up with Solomon for five receptions. Connolly also had a strong game on the defensive side of the ball for Maples.
In the final game on the men’s schedule, the Doghouse Bulldogs had things pretty much their own way all day in thrashing the Stingers Giants 38-7. The Bulldogs were better in every facet of the game.
Stingers offense has yet to score a touchdown and have only netted a one point convert as the Giants fell to 0 and 3.
Stingers are really struggling to find any kind of momentum with their offense but it look like they are going to stay with Chris Leneau at QB to try and lead them out of the fog.
For Dog House Johnny Mack again lead the way going 20 of 27 in the passing department. Mack threw five touchdown passes and had two of his passes picked off.
Drew Koslow had an outstanding game for the Bulldogs catching eight passes, one for a touchdown and was open all day long. Mack could have probably thrown to him for all 20 completions.
Joe Ferruzi had two touchdown pass receptions as did Sean Moyle to round out the scoring for the Bulldogs.
The vaunted Doghouse defense was stellar again and Bobby Aitkenhead had three of the more athletic interceptions ever seen in CIFFL play.
Jim Fraser and Leneau went a combined 5 for 24 for Stingers and the only touchdown of the year for Stingers came as a result of a brilliant interception return for a score compliments of Stuart McMillan.
Several Dog House defenders were left looking for their shorts as McMillan changed direction numerous times and then jetted for the end zone.
Dog House sit in second place with a 3 and 1 record and have the bye tomorrow. Stingers get right back at it with a game against Maples. One of the two teams will have their first victory of the year after next week’s game.
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