With the season starting to wind down the Dog House Bulldogs took over top spot in the men’s division of the Cayman Islands Flag Football League as a result of a 7-6 victory over the Goldfield Cayman West Bay Hellcats.
When these two teams meet you can always expect a hard-fought, well-played game. Saturday’s encounter was no exception. With both teams possessing potent offensive attacks most observers felt it would be a more high scoring result but the defenses held their ground and a missed conversion was the difference.
The result was in doubt right up until the last minute when Todd Hazlewood sealed the deal with an interception. It was his second of the day. He also recorded two tackles.
Johnny Mack returned to the field for the Bulldogs and went 9-16 with two interceptions. He also scored the lone Dog House touchdown on a one yard rush. Denver Classens made a great catch in the end zone to convert the touchdown and give Dog House the one point win.
Frecko Ebanks was 8-16 passing with two interceptions for Goldfield who had Will Levy score their lone TD on a short run.
Dog House’s defense kept Perry ‘BoyWonder’ Levy to one reception for the day. Levy had an interception and three tackles for the Hellcats’ defense and Colin Anglin chipped in with an interception and three receptions as well.
Craig Federick and James Collins both recorded sacks for the Goldfield defense. With four games remaining on the schedule for both teams the race for first place looks like it will heat up in the next four weeks.
Dog House is 7-1 and takes on Maples next week while Goldfield at 6-2 looks to rebound against PWC.
In the day’s second game Hammerheads romped their game with the Stingers Giants. Donny House returned to lead the Pirates offense and they responded with a 39-12 waxing of Stingers.
House was 8-14 passing with two touchdown passes and two rushing touchdowns as Hammerheads improved to a record of 5-3.
House spread his eight passes around but found Ransfor Welcome and Damain Barboram for touchdowns.
Welcome also had two interceptions for the Pirates (one of which he returned for a touchdown) and Brandon Malice also returned an interception for a touchdown to complete the scoring onslaught for Hammerheads.
Barboram recorded two tackles and three sacks for the Pirates defense who completely dominated both sides of the ball.
For Stingers, who are still improving every time out, it was a day to forget. Their offensive line did their best to stand up to the pressure of the Hammerheads rush.
However the thought of the constant pressure was enough to cause QB Chris Lebeau to rush his throws and this resulted in three interceptions.
Lebeau was 12 of 20 on the day with two touchdown passes and the aforementioned interceptions. Stuart McMillan had both touchdowns for Stingers, one of which went for 64 yards and a nifty lateral allowed McMillan to take it the final 22 yards.
McMillan had three tackles as well for Stingers who have a record now of 1-6 and take on CayBrew next week. Hammerheads have the bye.
To close out the day Maples finally saw a victory after their two previous games which were close and could have easily been two Maples victories.
Kevin Solomon threw for two touchdown passes and was again the glue that held the offense together as Maples earned a 13-6 win in a hard fought encounter.
Solomon finished the day 9-17 passing with one interception to go along the two touchdown passes. Tim Pell had five receptions (one for a touchdown) and Kevin Maxwell had the other TD catch.
Albert Whittaker and Colin Wilson led the defense for Maples. Wilson had five solo tackles and Whittaker four tackles and one sack.
For PWC their aggressive defense was again a saviour of sorts keeping the score respectable. Their defense, although young, combines pressure and speed and they show no fear of any offense.
CJ Moore and Justin Miller each had an interception for the defense while Jermaine Sharp recorded three solo tackles.
Miller was 8 of 13 passing with a rush TD and one interception for the offense. Chris Moser had four receptions as PWC’s record fell to 1-7. They take on Goldfield next week. Maples picked up their second win of the year and play Dog House next.