It seems all is right in the world of sport. The New York Yankees are in the hunt for the World Series. Manchester United are near the top of the table. Notre Dame are back in the top 25 for now and the top two seeds in the men’s division of the Cayman Island’s Flag Football Association will meet in the final tomorrow.
Goldfield West Bay Hellcats and Dog House Bulldogs will square off tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. at the Ed Bush Field in West Bay to decide who gets bragging rights for the year.
All matches this season have had Zulu’s Red Bull as their main sponsor. Andreas ‘Zulu’ Kettner has been incredibly supportive of the flag scene over the years and even gives up his Saturday’s to officiate, along with Arthur Screaton and a small band of dedicated officials and volunteers.
Goldfield were the first to advance taking down Maples Packers 12-0. Goldfield played as disciplined a game as they have all year in keeping the upstart Maples squad from thinking upset. Frecko Ebanks kept things cool on the offensive side for Goldfield and the defense shut down Maples’ offense never letting them get untracked.
Ebanks was 8 of 13 passing on the day with a touchdown toss and one interception. Perry ‘BoyWonder’ Levy caught the toss while also contributing four tackles and an interception for his defense. Phil Brown rushed for the other Hellcat score on a blazing run from midfield eluding a number of would be tacklers.
Donnie Rivers had an interception for the defense while Ike Bush had three tackles and two sacks. Maples struggled all day to find their rhythm on offense and QB Adam Regnier could only complete 4 of 15 passes while tossing the two interceptions.
Kevin Solomon who has led Maples all year was wrapped up all day by the charging Hellcat defense. Maples who emerged as one of the top teams in the league under the tutelage of coach Johann Moxam have nothing to be ashamed of this year and will hopefully be able to keep the nucleus of young talent together for next year.
In the second semi-final Dog House came back from an early deficit to squeeze by Hammerheads 12-6. Hammerheads jumped out to an early 6-0 lead and controlled play for most of the game but could not hold it as the Bulldogs took advantage of some Hammerhead miscues to secure the victory.
Dog House were led by John Pump’s two touchdown catches as the Dog House offense had to work and made the most of Johnny Mack’s six completions on the day. Mack finished 6 of 13 passing with an interception to go along with the two touchdown passes.
The Dog House defense were the stars on the day as they would not bend after giving up the early score. Aaron Bush picked off a Donny House pass deep in Hammerheads territory to set up Dog House’s first score and this ignited the Dog House defense who then took control of the game .
Justin Bodden chipped in with an interception while Carl Brenton and Lief Ristimaki each had a sack. For Hammerheads it will be wait until next year again as they let this one get away.
Neil Clements and Nigel Solomon were the leaders for Hammerheads as Clements was 5 of 9 passing with a touchdown toss to Solomon for their early score.
House was 4 of 8 passing with an interception in sharing the quarterback duties for Hammerheads. Damian Barboram had three tackles and two sacks for the Hammerheads defense.