There will be a new champion this year in the men’s division of the Cayman Islands Flag Football Association.
Maples Packers made sure of this by blanking Caybrew Farm Soldiers 12-0 last Saturday in first round playoff action.
All the matches were played at the Ed Bush Stadium in West Bay with main sponsor being Zulu’s Red Bull.
Maples used a complete team effort to advance and were led by Kevin Solomon who had five pass receptions, rushed for a touchdown and had two tackles for the defense.
Andrew Frederick had a touchdown catch while QB Adam Regnier finished 11 of 16 passing with the TD pass.
Maple’s defense were the story however as the whole defensive unit stepped up to throw the shutout.
Collin Wilson and Richard Campbell each had interceptions while Colin Lumsden had a sack for Maples who now move on to play the first place finishing Goldfield West Bay Hellcats in one of tomorrow’s semi-finals.
Caybrew played well enough to win but a couple of dropped passes and a few mental errors cost them. Luigi Moxam was steady in the pocket going 13 of 18 passing; however he chucked two interceptions that cost his team.
Brad Conolly and Oliver Parker chipped in with four receptions each but it was the dropped passes that have plagued the Caybrew offense all year and Saturday was no exception.
In the men’s second game Hammerheads overcame a sluggish start to move on. They took down the stubborn Burger King Panthers 12-6.
Hammerheads have a propensity to start slow and Saturday was no exception. They did however wake up in the second half and their athleticism took them to the victory. Donny ‘No Look Left’ House was 7 of 14 passing with two touchdown tosses and two interceptions but it was still good enough for the win.
Nigel Solomon and Nikolai Hill each had touchdown catches for Hammerheads and Hill also picked off a pass for the defense.
Selkirk Watler also had an interception while Baron Solomon and Damian Barboram each had four tackles for the defense.
Hammerheads move on to play Dog House in the other semi tomorrow. For Burger King Brandon Malice stated his case for MVP by coming up with yet another great performance in leading his team.
Malice was 8 of 13 passing with a rushing touchdown and two interceptions. He also had six tackles to lead the defense.
Ryan Smith was Malice’s favourite target as the diminutive receiver got several passes while being checked by much taller defenders. He finished with seven receptions on the day while recording an interception for the defense.
Neal Appleby also had an interception for Burger King while Jonathan Carter chipped in with a sack. Burger King have much to look forward to next year if they can keep the nucleus of their team together.
1:00 – Walkers vs. ACE Paint & Decor
2:00 – Zulu vs. Hammerheads (W)
3:00 – Maples vs. Goldfield
4:00 – Dog House vs. Hammerheads