Hellcats intend to break jinx

Defending flag champions Spin 94.9
FM Hellcats hope to break a sequence then they play in the championship game on
Saturday.

In the semi-final action in the Cay
Brew men’s division of the Cayman Island’s Flag Football Association they
overcome the Dog House Bulldogs and after winning in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2009,
Hellcats want to have consecutive championships this time round. 

Spin shut out perennial rivals Dog
House 13-0. Rensford Barnes ran back a punt 65 yards or a touchdown to lead the
way for the Hellcats. Clay Coleman hauled in a Frecko Ebanks pass for the other
Spin score. The real story was the Hellcat defence. They shut down Dog House’s
offense completely all afternoon. Barnes, Taj Haye and Damian Barboram all had
interceptions for the defence and Chester Hurlston chipped in with three sacks.
Barboram also had two sacks and three tackles.

Dog House really had a hard time on
the offensive side of the ball. Johnny Mack only completed 6 of 10 passes and
the Spin defence seemed to be one step ahead all game. The Dog House defence
kept the game close and did give their team a chance to win. Neil Daniels led
the way with five tackles while Dave Velez chipped in with four. Dog House who
improved all year hope to keep the nucleus of their young roster together and
come back stronger next year.

In Saturday’s second semi-final
Burger King upset league winners Calabash Soldiers 20-19 in overtime to earn
their first trip to the championship game. Ryan Smith, last season’s rookie of
the year, led the way for the Panthers. Smith rushed for a touchdown, had three
receptions, two tackles, a sack and an interception. Neil Clements threw two
touchdown passes while completing 11 of 16 passes with no interceptions. One of
the touchdowns was a beautiful 64 yarder to Ransford Welcome on the first play
of the second half. Baron Solomon had the other touchdown catch while Neil
Appleby had two converts one of which was in overtime. Tito Solomon led the
Burger King defence with five tackles.

Calabash, who finished first in the
regular season, gambled on their convert attempt in overtime and could not
complete the two pointer that would have given them the win. Glenn ‘Duran’
Duran threw three touchdown passes for Calabash and finished the day 11 of 20.
Leslie Harvey, Will Pequero and Nigel Solomon all caught touchdown passes for
the Soldiers. Sean Moyle led the defence with four tackles. Calabash by far the
most talented team in the league athletically, will have to search deep to find
the magic for next year.

Saturday’s championship game is 4pm
at Ed Bush Stadium in West Bay. Spin 94.9 West Bay Hellcats are looking to continue
their dominance while Burger King are looking to cop their first title.

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