The Island Air Flag Football league hosted some entertaining action this past weekend at the Ed Bush Stadium in West Bay. The first game of the day saw the Burger King Panthers take on the PWC Ironmen.
PWC got off to a rough start on their first possession as quarterback Chris Lebeau’s pass was intercepted by Brendon Malice and returned to the Ironmen’s one yard line. From there Panther’s QB Neil Clements connected with Jonathan Carter for a touchdown. Extra point was good giving Burger King an early 7-0 lead.
On PWC’s next possession in what seemed like a replay, Malice again stepped in front of a Lebeau pass and intercepted it but PWC’s defence led by James ‘Cadillac’ Collins, Chris Moser and Marlon Bispath were up to the task and stopped Burger King on downs.
PWC then had an impressive drive with Lebeau connecting with Kyle Broadhurst to get them deep into the Panthers half but the clock was not in their favour as the first half expired. In the second half Burger King started with the ball and drove down the field and scored when Clements found Ryan Smith on a 20 yard TD pass. Extra point was no good.
After another PWC drive stalled Clements again connected with Smith for a 20 yard touchdown. The extra point was good. On the final PWC possession Malice again intercepted Lebeau to seal the game for a Burger King Panthers 20-0 win.
In the second game the Cox Lumber Colts faced off against the Maples Packers. The game got off to a fast start as Colts running back Chester Hurlston took a hand off and raced 40 yards for a touchdown.
Maples QB Tyler Lee continued to impress as he made some nice throws and moved the Maples offense into the Colts half of the field but the drive would eventually stall giving the Colts back the ball and they took advantage of their chance when Colts quarterback Kevin Solomon threw a 40 yard TD pass to Taj Haye.
In the second half Packers QB Lee led his team on a long drive making critical throws to Rupert Whittaker, Nicholas Roberts and Jordan Cacho. Lee put the finishing touches on the drive when he scrambled in from 12 yards out to get Maples back in the game. Extra point was no good.
On Cox’s next possession QB Solomon was intercepted by Chris Bennett giving Maples a chance to tie the game up but the Colts defence led by Jeff Wight, Hurlston and Johnny McLaughlin stopped the Maples scoring attempt on downs.
Cox would then seal the game when Hurlston put the game out of reach with a 15 yard TD run; the extra point was no good giving the Cox Lumber Colts the well deserved 18-6 win.
The final game featured two of the league’s long-standing rivals in the dms Hellcats and the Calabash Farm Soldiers. Calabash got off to a fast start as they pinned the Hellcats deep in the own territory and brought pressure.
The pressure eventually paid off with Jamal Anderson coming up with a safety giving Calabash an early two point lead. Both offenses struggled to move the ball against each other as both teams know the other well.
After a series of punts the dms defence tied the score at 2-2 with Craig ‘Festa’ Fredrick coming up with a safety of his own. Hellcats captain Phil Brown had a great chance to intercept Calabash’s QB Luigi Moxam with an open field in front of him but he was unable to hold onto the ball.
After near disaster Moxam then hit his favourite target, Leslie Harvey, for a 40 yard TD to take the lead late in the game. Dms were unable to move the ball in the final minutes and Calabash held for an impressive win 8-2.
This Saturday has more great flag football action at the Ed Bush Stadium: Maples v Doghouse (1pm), dms v Hammerheads (2.15pm), PWC v Calabash (3.30pm), Cox v Burger King (5pm).