Soldiers storm through Maples

The Island Air Flag Football League hosted some great games over the weekend. In the first game at the TE McField Sports Centre, it was the dms Hellcats going up against the PWC Ironmen.

Dms got off to a fast start with an interception by Nikolai Hill. Rookie Bryce Webb hauled in a 30 yard pass from quarterback Frecko Ebanks and was downed at the one yard line. Mike Carey scored on the next play.

After another stalled drive by PWC, Carey got his second touchdown with a beautiful leaping catch on the sidelines and then out ran the PWC defence for two extra points.

Clay Coleman scored the third TD reeling in a short pass from Frecko. In the second half PWC QB Chris Lebeau connected with his receivers for some short passes however the drive stalled again as the dms defence led by Hill and Phil Brown clamped down.

Dms rounded off their scoring with Oliver ‘Dark Star’ Parker catching a short pass and eluding several PWC defenders for the Hellcats to win 28-0.

The next game was the Maples Packers versus the Calabash Farm Soldiers. The score didn’t reflect the offense play as both teams moved the ball up and down the field but unfortunately for Maples their drives stalled once they got near the end zone.

The Farm Soldiers scored when QB Glen Duran hit Will Peguero in stride for a 35 yard TD pass. The extra point was good which gave Calabash a 7-0 lead. Maples QB Tyler Lee is only 16 yet he played like a vet. He had an outstanding game making great passes and running the ball when necessary.

The young Maples team had a great scoring opportunity early in the first half when Lee threw a laser pass to Rupert Moxam down to the 1-yard line but the Calabash defence led by George Bustillo and Jeremy Miller stifled the Maples offense and stopped them on downs.

Maples got one more shot to score in the half when Lee threw a pass to Michael Wilson but his flag was pulled at the 1-yard line which ended the half. At the beginning of the second half Calabash assistant head coach Andrew Graham made some adjustments and inserted QB Luigi Moxam into the line-up and he made good of his opportunity moving the Calabash offense down the field with precise passes and closed off the drive with a seven yard TD run. Tyler Lee again led Maples into scoring position but again fell short of scoring. The Farm Soldiers then played ball control and ran out the clock for the 13-0 win.

The third game saw the Doghouse Bulldogs take on the Burger King Panthers in a battle for second place in the East division. This game also had a lot of offensive action, unfortunately for Burger King it was Doghouse that was putting on the show.

Doghouse scored when QB Dave Velez hit Jon Pump for a 40 yard TD pass down the sideline extra point was good to give them an early 7-0 lead. Burger King QB Neil Clements had a rough go of it and the Panthers offense were out of rhythm the entire first half. This was compounded when Dillon Classens made a great play from his defensive line spot and stepped in front of a Clements pass setting the Bulldogs up in excellent field position at the Panthers 10-yard line.

A few plays later the always improving Velez threw a 10 yard TD pass to Matthew Bone extra point was good which gave Doghouse a commanding 14-0 half-time led.

In the second half Burger King’s player-coach Brendon Malice made some changes to the depleted Panthers offensive line and the change helped as the Panthers drove down the field and scored when Clements threw a 20 yard TD pass to Jon Carter. The extra point was good which got Burger King back in the game and then the Panthers defence stepped up and got a few sacks by Paul Chin and Rohan Marshall.

But the Panthers offensive struggles continued as Josh Parsons and Jyoti Choi made interceptions for the Bulldogs giving Velez a chance to seal the game and he took advantage of his opportunity when he threw a deep 45 yard TD pass to Matthew Bone. The extra point was no good. Doghouse won 20-7.

The final game saw the Hammerheads Pirates go up against the Cox Lumber Colts with both teams coming off impressive wins last week. The stage was set for an exciting game.

The Cox Colts got on the scoreboard first when QB Kevin Solomon connected with Rhys Ebanks for a 30 yard TD pass. The extra point was good. The Pirates answered with a scoring drive of their own. Nigel Solomon drew a pass interference call that got the Pirates near the Colts end zone and Pirates QB Chris Lucas capitalised by throwing a short touchdown pass to Solomon.

On the next possession for the Colts Brad Conolly took a short pass and made some dazzling moves to get them into scoring position. Then it was time for the Solomon to Rhys Ebanks combination to produce when Solomon again hit Ebanks for a 30 yard TD pass. In the second half it was the defences’ time to shine as the Pirates’ defence met the challenge lead by Craig Coe and Frankie Brathwaite who intercepted a Solomon pass to stop a score.

Cox’s defence led by Jeff Wight was just as impressive until Lucas found Baron Solomon for a 20 yard TD pass.

Then it came down to the extra point and the Cox defence won this battle and sealed the game by stopping the Pirates extra point attempt for Cox to beat Hammerheads 13-12.