In the opening game of the day flag football men’s matches on Saturday at the Ed Bush Stadium in West Bay Burger King Panthers notched their first win of the season over a young but talented Maples Packers.
On the opening possession Maples were forced to punt the ball and a bad snap gave Burger King great field position. Neil Clements was back at the helm of the Panthers offense after missing last week’s game and the rest really worked for him as he started by throwing a 15 yard touchdown pass to Anthony Chin.
On the next few possessions both defences stepped up and it became a defensive battle for the remainder of the first half. In the second half Clements continued his efficient day by converting a key third down play with a 35 yard toss to Brendon Malice down to the two yard line from there Clements connected with Jonathan Carter on a touchdown pass, Simon Rivers caught the extra point to put Burger King up 13 – 0.
Burger King’s defence played their best game of the season with Paul Chin contributing two sacks and three tackles, Jermaine Sharpe with a sack and Malice adding five tackles. It gave Maples rookie quarterback Tyler Lee a few defensive problems which stopped him from hitting the big plays he is capable of making and with his receivers dropping a few balls made for a ineffective day for the Maples offense.
On defence Maples had some bright spots and rookie Nicholas Roberts was one as he notched his third interception of the season and is playing the safety position like a seasoned veteran.
Final Score: BK – 20 Maples -0
The Calabash Farm Soldiers marched over Cox Lumber. The Farm Soldiers came out on a mission with coach Johann Moxam and QB Glenn Duran back on the sidelines they opened up their offense is fine fashion. Duran showed his versatility as he threw TDs to Will Peguero and Sean Moyle and he ran for two scores.
On defence the Soldiers shut down the Cox offense which was without starting QB Kevin Solomon, the Soldiers defence were lead by Peter Whittaker and safety Leslie Harvey who took an interception back for a score.
For Cox Lumber it was a rough day on both sides of the ball but they did turn in a great drive for a score with the key play being a great catch by Jeff Wight to set them up in scoring position with Andrew Frederick getting the TD pass but unfortunately during the celebration Rhys Ebanks from the Cox team was ejected for unsportsmanlike behaviour. Cox Lumber really struggled on defence without their starting linebacker.
Final Score: Calabash – 32 Cox – 6. This weekend the Farm Soldiers take on Hammerheads and Cox will play PWC.
In the game of the week the Hammerheads Pirates outlasted a depleted Doghouse Bulldogs in an overtime thriller. The Bulldogs opened up the scoring by taking the opening possession and driving down the field which ended with a 20 yard touchdown pass to Jon Pump from stand-in QB Ryan Rozario.
The extra point was not successful.
This gave Doghouse a 6-0 lead from that point. The first half became a defensive battle as both defences shut down the opposing offenses for Doghouse’s Dave Velez who was all over the field making great plays and Edward Howard from the Pirates recorded a couple of sacks to keep the Pirates within striking distance.
The defensive battle continued in the second half until the Pirates were rewarded for their tough defence when QB Chris Lucas threw a 15 yard TD pass to Nigel Solomon who made a great catch in the end zone. The extra point was no good and this set-up the overtime thriller.
Hammerheads got the first possession of overtime and capitalised when Chris Lucas threw another TD pass to Nigel Solomon. It was a questionable catch at the back of the end zone but the referees got together and confirmed it was a touchdown, but the extra point was no good.
The Bulldogs got the ball and tried to even the score but unfortunately on their first play in overtime the Pirates defence stepped up to the challenge when Frankie Braithwaite intercepted a tipped pass to seal the game.
Final Score: Hammerheads – 13 Doghouse – 6.
This weekend Hammerheads (2-1) will take on the Calabash Soldiers (1-1) in a battle of two talented teams and Doghouse (2-1) will have to lick their wounds quickly and get prepared to battle the dms HellCats (2-0) who are coming off a bye week. The dms HellCats held their annual barbecue and fish tea cook out. It was a fundraiser with all proceeds going to security guard Nigel Grant who is recovering from some health issues.