Panthers and Wolverines pounced

The second week of games in the women’s league of the Grand Cayman Flag Football Association, played on Saturday at the Camana Bay Field, saw Andro Killa-Panthers and Dominoes Wolverines come out victorious.

After losing the opening season’s game to the Wolverines, Andro Killa-Panthers came with a 18-13 win against the Pythons, the newly formed team relatively full of rookies. Quarterbacks Christina Pineda and Lisa Malice shared duties, with Pineda completing seven out of 13 passes, with one interception, and Malice with six completions out of 13 attempts.

Killa-Panthers’ Gillian Roffey caught the first touchdown pass from Malice. Tonia Ebanks caught a beautiful long pass thrown by Pineda, leaving her clear to run in the second touchdown. Kristen Watler-Miller caught Pineda’s next touchdown pass in the second half, bringing the Killa-Panthers up from a tie-game. Roffey and Ebanks both had an additional three receptions on offence.

The defensive side for Killa-Panthers was also led by Gillian Roffey, whose quick-footed finesse saw her with three tackles, followed by Becky Coe and Jennifer Allen, both with two tackles for their defence. Sophia Dilbert also turned up the speed, successfully blitzing the Pythons’ quarterback thrice, thus stunting their opponents ability to make it up the field. Heather Roffey’s interception on defence also added to the Killa-Panthers momentum.

For the Pythons, after having only a few weeks to gel together as a team, their cohesiveness definitely surprised the Killa-Panthers and spectators alike. Sponsored by Mario Rankin, the Pythons stepped onto the field this past Saturday for the first time, and proved that although their team is new, they certainly are not weak.

Playing as the starting quarterback position for the first time, Tamika Byrd showed her strength as a passer and as a runner. Although only completing three out of 11 passing attempts, Byrd’s quick and precise throws will be a challenge to defend once her offensive line is able to hold onto her passes.

The three receptions on offense were made by Pythons’ Lana Jarvis and Carla McLean. One of the highlights was for QB Byrd, as she escaped a blitz from a defender and ran the ball through several defenders from around the 30 yard marker in the Python’s end, all the way to the other end of the field for a touchdown. Carrie Barnett also had a vital interception for the Pythons, zeroing in on a ball and running it in for a touchdown, tying the game at 12-12.

On defence, Jessica Maxwell led the Pythons with seven tackles, followed by Jessica Ebanks with four tackles and three sacks from rusher Shayla Torres. Although the offensive side for the Pythons needs to find their stride, the team’s defensive line-up kept the Killa-Panthers on their toes.

The day’s second game between Dominoes Wolverines versus Lone Star Jager-Monsters saw the Wolverines shutdown the Monsters with a final score of 26-0.

Antoinnette Lewis, quarterback for the Wolverines completed 13 out of 25 passes and Nadisha Walters stepped in for a moment as QB, with one out of two passes completed and a short rush for a touchdown.

Lewis spread the ball around with touchdown passes to Alexandra ‘Nemo’ Terry, Jahzenia Thomas and Catherine Ebanks. Terry also caught the ball for two-extra points. On offense, Lewis kept her eye on track-athlete Terry, who also caught six additional passes and Christsania McLean, who caught three passes.

McLean also cleaned up on defence with seven tackles and an interception, followed by Eleanor Berry with four tackles. Agueda Broderick managed to slip her slight frame through the blockers to sack the Monsters’ quarterback twice, and Fracesca Hamann caught a second interception for the Wolverines.

For the Monsters, who faced their second loss of the newly begun season, the team simply could not mesh on the field. New quarterback Michelle McTaggart completed 16 out of 30 passes, with two interceptions. Erica Bosch-Bone also stepped up to QB for one foiled pass attempt.

Bosch-Bone was one of McTaggart’s favourite receivers, catching four balls, followed by running back Christine Bisnauth receiving three passes. It was the three receptions downfield by Janycee Parchment that brought the Monsters beyond the 40 yard line and the simple throws down the middle of field that were being completed in the second half finally brought some offensive action by the Monsters, although a little too late in the game.

The defensive line for the Monsters was led by Renee Thompson with five tackles and Kayleigh Jennings with four tackles. Christine Bisnauth, Melanie Lewis and Christina Hefner each had three tackles and Tricia Miller rushed past the strong blocking by Wolverines offense, sacking the quarterback twice.

Week three of women’s flag football action on Saturday morning at the Camana Bay Field sees the current top-seeded teams Hammerheads Lady Sharks against Domino’s Wolverines at 10am, and Lone Star Jager Monsters versus the Pythons at 11am. Spectators are welcome and refreshments will be on sale.

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