In Hellcats halt spirited Soldiers

Revamped rosters and new rule
changes made for exciting action as the Cayman
Island’s Flag Football Association
kicked off the 2010 Caybrew Summer League on Saturday at Ed Bush Stadium in West Bay.

Six men’s teams took the field in
the afternoon heat, all anticipating championship seasons. The men’s league got
right down to business as defending champs Spin 94.9 FM West Bay Hellcats took
on the Calabash Soldiers in the game of the day.

The two teams on paper are the best
and it showed.

West Bay played solid defence and controlled the ball well on offense to
start their defence of the title off on the right foot. The Hellcats came out
19-7 winners. A late interception by veteran Phil Brown sealed the deal as he
returned the pick 45 yards for a score in the last minute of play.

Frecko Ebanks showed his old poise
as he engineered the West
Bay offense. He was 17 of
19 in the passing department with two touchdown passes and two interceptions.
Clay Coleman and Taj Haye both caught scoring passes for West Bay.
The whole Hellcat defence played a solid game but the re-tooled defensive line
of Damien Barboram, Chester Hurlston and Craig Frederick pressured Calabash QB
Glenn Durant all day and deserve mention.

For Calabash QB Durant was 14 of 25
passing with a touchdown toss to Nigel Solomon. He also had two interceptions.
Durant was kept off balance all day by defensive pressure and made a couple of
poor decisions that cost his team promising drives. Solomon had two receptions
for Calabash as well as an interception. On the defensive side Brad Conolly had
a solid game as did Jeff Wight both recording three tackles. Calabash should
challenge West Bay for top honours this year. Coach
Johann Moxam returns to his old team and with him roaming the sidelines the
Soldiers will be tough on the other teams.

Calabash take on Burger King
Saturday while Spin 94.9 FM take on Maples.

In other action, Doghouse, with a
lot of new faces in the lineup, gave notice they are still a force as they beat
Maples 21-0. Johnny Mack led the balanced Doghouse attack as he was 11 of 13
passing with three touchdown passes. Jon Pump, Joe Ferruzzi and Phil O’Connor
all caught touchdown passes while Ferruzzi had an interception as well for his
defence. Justin Bodden and Chris ‘Baby Face’ Smith also picked off  passes for the defence, while newcomer Kevin
Zimmer had a couple of tackles and a sack. Doghouse take on PWC in their next
encounter.

For Maples it was a tough start for
a team that accomplished so much last season. They could get nothing going on
the offensive side all day as QB Kevin Solomon only completed 7 of 15 passes
with two interceptions. Frankie Braithwaite was the lone plus for the defence
as he played inspired football recording four tackles. Maples will have to
recover quickly and get the engines going as they take on West Bay
next.

In the other men’s contest Burger
King picked up where they left off last year, soundly thumping PWC 32-8. Burger
King picked up quarterback Neil Clements in the off–season which has
strengthened their squad immensely. He along with several other additions give
the Panthers a reasonable shot at success this season. Clements on the day was
17 of 18 passing with four touchdown passes and no interceptions. Simon Rivers
had two touchdown passes while Ryan Smith and Jon Carter each hauled in one.
Rivers also had an interception which he ran pack for a score to help him earn
Player of the Week honours in the men’s league. For the Burger King defence new
addition Tito Solomon led the way with four tackles while Jim Forde picked off
a pass for the defence as well.

For PWC who also have
added a plethora of new faces, unfortunately the result was the same old story.
They were ineffective in maintaining possession and this kept their defence on
the field far too long. Dan Hiryok is at the helm this year for the PWC offense
and he completed 10 of 18 passes for PWC. Unfortunately, the offense could not
mount any serious drives. Wily vet Marcus Cumber had a good game for PWC,
catching six passes and helping out on defence with three tackles. Antonio
Hanna played well for PWC, rushing for the lone score. PWC take on Doghouse
next, while Burger King will have a tough test as they play Calabash.

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