Spin FM West Bay Hellcats promised
a year ago that they would not stutter as before in a post-championship season.
They were determined to break the
sequence of not retaining the championship the following year and lived up to
promises at the Ed Bush Stadium in West Bay on Saturday. After championship
wins in 2003, 2005, 2007 and last year, they were determined to not have to
wait until 2011 to lift the trophy again.
In the event, there was no need for
real concern. Their dominance of the Cayman Island’s Flag Football
Association’s league continued as they easily handled the Burger King Panthers
12-0 to clinch the championship in the Caybrew Men’s Division.
The Hellcats used their steady
control of the game to keep Burger King from mounting any real threat. The
Hellcats were never threatened and as they always stated, ”they were taking
care of business” by claiming the title.
Clay Coleman led the way for the
Hellcats catching a touchdown pass, picking off an errant Burger King pass and
recording three tackles for the defence. Frecko Ebanks rushed for a score and
threw for a touchdown while going only 5 of 16 passing with two interceptions.
As they have all year the Spin defence never allowed the opposing offense any
real opportunity to get rolling. The Spin defence led the league in points
scored against allowing only six per game. Phil Brown and Craig ‘Festa’
Frederick each had four tackles for their defence while Nate Narcisse chipped in
with two tackles and an interception. The Hellcats seem to find a way to win
when it counts and this victory may be the most satisfying of them all for
coach Teddy Hydes and his charges.
Burger King who played a great all
around game to get to the championship, could not get their passing game
working and unfortunately this led to a one-dimensional offense that could not
crack the Hellcat defence. Neil Clements was 8 of 16 passing with three
interceptions for Burger King but never threatened to get into the end zone.
Ryan Smith who had a monster game in the semi-final was kept well away from the
ball all day long. Paul Chin led the Burger king defence with three tackles and
two sacks. Tito Solomon chipped in with four tackles. Burger King had their
most successful season ever and will look to next year to get back to the
Still enjoying the back to back
win, coach Hydes said: “The response to victory has been great. All of our
fans, friends and family are happy we won and made CIFFA history by winning
back to back championships. We also got great support from the women players
because four out of the eight teams in the women’s league are coached by
Hellcat players. It was awesome to see so many people in the stands for the
finals and a lot of them had on the Hellcats colours and some actually had
signs and T-shirts to show who they were supporting, so big ups to them.
Hydes will not be short of players
wanting to join the champions next year.
He said: “This is a dynamic league
and every year there will be some players changing teams, but it’s too early to
say what will happen. But our off-season plans are to confirm who will be
returning to the Hellcats and once we have determined that then we will go from
there. If we keep all of the current players and with the return of Perry ‘Boy
Wonder’ Levy, as always the Hellcats will be a contender and will be trying for
“Hopefully there will not be any
drastic changes in our personnel and for sure there will not be any changes in
the way we play the game. The Hellcats will always play hard nose in your face
football with players and coaches that have a great understanding of the game.
The Calabash Soldiers were expected
to make the final but Burger King surprised them in the semis. Hydes sees that
as a good thing for the league.
“Flag football is dynamic and
players move around but if the teams keep the core guys and hopefully with a
another team forming the league will be that much more competitive. Burger King
have shown they are a team on the rise. Doghouse and Maples are established
teams that play well every year. The Calabash Soldiers will be hungry because
they should be extremely disappointed with the season they had. The Soldiers
were the most talented team ever assembled in history and to not even make the
finals and to implode the way they did in the playoffs will definitely make
them want to rebound. But as my philosophy goes we prepare for each team the
same way and don’t underestimate anyone so to name a main threat this early
would be difficult.”
League award winners were announced
at Dog House on Saturday night:
Offensive MVP-Clay Coleman Spin FM
Offensive Lineman of the Year-
Tyler Corbett Dog House Bulldogs
Defensive MVP- Will Peguero
Defensive Lineman of the
Year-Chester Hurlston Spin FM Hellcats
Rookie of the Year – Paul Chin
Burger King Panthers
Most Valuable Player- Clay Coleman
Spin FM Hellcats