With the season almost wrapped up, the Goldfield Cayman Hellcats are set to make another championship run.
They may have lost their perfect record with two losses earlier in the season, but the Hellcats look to be back on track. Their only two losses since 2006 came this season against Caybrew Farm Soldiers and Dog House Bulldogs.
Riding a three game winning streak and a 9-2 record, they are clicking at the right time and showing no signs of slowing down.
In their latest effort, the Hellcats slugged the Stingers Giants 41-12 displaying the kind of balance attack that has allowed them to be so successful over the years.
League MVP Jacob ‘Frecko’ Ebanks has been as sharp as ever leading the league in every major statistically category with 158 completions and 28 touchdown passes, whilst his playmaking wideout Perry ‘Boy Wonder’ Levy has shattered all previous Cayman Islands Flag Football Association records with an amazing 56 receptions and 17 TDs.
However, many believe it has been the re-emergence of the Hellcats smash mouth running game lead by running back Will ‘Birdman’ Levy and the all pro offensive line consisting of Ike ‘Chili’ Bush, Adrean ‘Big Dog’ Russell and Barry ‘Jus B’ Bush that has been the biggest difference over the last few weeks of the season.
Head coach George ‘Teddy’ Hydes feels that having defenses account for the run only makes the Hellcats offense more potent.
‘We set the blueprint for running the ball in flag football and our success over the years has been a result of us effectively doing so,’ Hydes said.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Hellcats are no slouches either. Led by Phil ‘Pacman’ Brown, Craig ‘Festa’ Frederick and assistant coach Jamal Young, the tools are definitely in place to make another run.
‘We believe in our system,’ said Young who’s defensive focus has always been to pressure the QB either the traditional way or through creative blitzes.
‘We want to make the opposition’s offense uncomfortable, we want to affect their timing.’
Such a focus has led to the Hellcats being one of the top defensive teams since the inception of the league.
Can they repeat their championship form? Only time will tell. One thing is for sure, with four teams capable of winning it all, the Hellcats quest will be as challenging as ever. Caybrew and Dog House are capable of being champions and Hammerheads Pirates are not far behind either.