Big four clash in playoffs

After three months of fabulous action, the playoff match ups are set in the Cayman Island’s Flag Football League.

As a result of Saturday’s play. Dog House Bulldogs will play Hammerheads and Goldfield Cayman face Caybrew .

The issue was decided after the first game of the day on Saturday as Hammerheads upset Goldfield 18-12.

Upset might be a strong word as Hammerheads have been playing well lately and are finding their offensive stride at the right time.

Donny House continued to show the way for his team leading the offense with a calm, consistent hand.

House finished 10 of 19 passing with three touchdown passes and one interception.

Brendon Malice, Nigel Solomon and Patrick Cover all caught passes for scores while Malice and Solomon had strong games as well for the Hammerheads defense.

The defense picked off five Frecko Ebanks passes as the Goldfield QB did not have one of his better outings.

Ranfor Welcome with two interceptions led the way while David Gibbs, Chris Gourzong and Darren Trickett each had one, Trickett’s coming near the end of the game as Goldfiled was trying to mount a game tying drive. Malice and Solomon each had four tackles for the defense as well.

For Goldfield who had hoped for a better outing heading into the playoffs as defending champs, there did not seem to be a lot of energy in their performance.

Ebanks had an off day finishing 10 of 21 passing with two touchdowns and the very uncharacteristic five interceptions.

Perry Levy and Clay Coleman had touchdown catches for Goldfield while Levy chipped in on the defensive side of the ball with an interception.

Nate Narcisse and Doss Solomon each had three tackles for the defense.

Goldfield are going to have to rev up for this Saturday’s match up as they take on Caybrew in the first game of the day. Hammerheads get the unenviable chore of going head to head with Dog House who they pushed to the limit last time they met.

In the second men’s game at the Dart Field, Camana Bay, Caybrew Farm Soldiers prepped for the playoffs as they cruised to a 13-6 win over Maples.

The Farm Soldiers finished third and will take on second placed Goldfield in next week’s first semi-final.

Caybrew played within themselves all day long. Luigi Moxam did just enough to secure the win, going 8 of 14 in the passing department and letting Oliver ‘Darkstar’ Parker run the ball in a very controlled offensive showing.

Will Peguero and Jeff Wight caught touchdown passes for the Farm Soldiers. Moxam spread the ball around in the passing department and Brad Conolly finished with three receptions.

On the defensive side of the ball Renford Barnes and Wight picked off Kevin Solomon passes and Conolly also recorded four tackles.

Caybrew look to be ready for next week’s playoff game as they hope to oust the defending champs in one of the semis.

Maples were in the game the whole way and were a couple of dropped passes and missed tackles away from another victory.

Maples all year have been close and again if they stay together next year will certainly push the top four for a playoff spot.

Kevin Solomon was again the straw that stirred the drink for Maples completing 15 of 23 passes with a rushing touchdown and two interceptions.

Winston Connolly was the workhorse for the offense catching seven passes. Tim Pell had four catches as well. Albert Whittaker had four tackles for the defense and veteran Colin Wilson chipped in with three as well as grabbing an interception.

In the final game Dog House Bulldogs already assured of a first place regular season finish, struggled most of the way and finally finished off the Stingers Giants 26-12.

Dog House were sluggish for most of the game and only did what they had to in securing the victory.

Johnny Mack was back at the helm of the Dog House offense and was 9 of 18 passing with three touchdown passes, a rushing touchdown and an interception.

Drew Koslow caught two of the touchdown tosses and Denver Classens used every inch of his height to take away a pass from a defender to score the other Dog House touchdown.

The Dog House defense was stellar as always as they prepped for the playoff run.

Leif Ristimaki led the way with two sacks and three tackles while Koslow had two interceptions.

Jon Pump and ‘Steady’ Justin Bodden each had one. Dog House will hope to continue their winning ways when they take on Hammerheads in the late semi-final tomorrow.

For Stingers who are looking to next year to continue to improve, they looked better each time out.

Chris Lebeau was back in the pocket for Stingers and had a so-so day. He was 11 of 25 passing with two touchdown passes and five interceptions.

He looked rusty and unsure after three weeks off. It may have been a wiser choice to start Dan Hiryok who led the team the last three weeks during Lebeau’s absence.

Mark Wellon had four receptions for Stingers including the two touchdown passes. The Stingers defense as always came to play and was solid. Christopher Anton led the way with four tackles while Ben Taylor had two tackles and a sack.

Playoff action kicks off for the men at 1pm Saturday with Goldfield taking on CayBrew and then the 4:15 game sees Hammerheads and Dog House hooking up.

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