In the face of many changes, one thing remains the same about men’s flag football: the dms Hellcats are a force.
At the mid-way point of the season, the West Bay dynasty sit atop the West division of the Island Air national men’s flag football league. Put on by the Cayman Islands Flag Football Association, the competition has already gone through six weeks of play.
The Hellcats have excelled with just one loss to their record. The side has relied on its strengths: a powerful run game, a stingy defence and physical play. On offence, Jacob ‘Frecko’ Ebanks is a wily veteran quarterback who makes good decisions and gets team-mates involved such as Nikolai Hill, new recruit Kevin Maxwell and running back Oliver ‘Dark Star’ Parker.
Defensively the pass rush does not get much better than Damien ‘The Beast’ Barboram and Craig ‘Festa’ Frederick. Beyond them deep passes have been a chore in the face of athletic defensive backs steadied by Nate Narcisse.
Interestingly the Hellcats have excelled in the face of tough competition within their division. The Calabash Farm Soldiers and Cox Lumber Colts have not been far off the mark with athletic offensive play-makers. Calabash sports QB Glenn Duran, two-way star Leslie Harvey and deep threat Peter Whittaker. Cox revolves around Taj Haye, Brad Conolly and star addition Chester Hurlston. For the record Shawn Pitterson and the Maples Packers are at the bottom of the division with a win.
Hellcats have threats in the East, namely the Burger King Panthers. Burger King are as good as advertised atop the division. Brendon Malice has the Panthers a favourite to play into October with Simon Rivers, Ryan Smith and the Chin gang of Mark, Paul and Anthony Chin.
A team close behind is the Hammerhead Pirates. The squad features athletic rookie QB Chris Lucas and a lock-tight defence starring Frankie Brathwaite, Neville Morgan and Tyrone Chantilope.
The Doghouse Bulldogs have been shaky though Todd ‘Hollywood’ Hazelwood is a good enough motivator to get guys like Jon Pump, Dave Velez and Kevin Zimmer rolling. For the record the PWC Ironmen sit in last place with one victory and their effort is commendable.
The playoff push starts this Saturday at the Ed Bush field in West Bay. At 1pm Maples face Cox, at 2.15pm Burger King faces Hellcats, Hammerheads face PWC at 3.30pm and Calabash battle Doghouse at 5pm.