Monsters pound Killa-Panthers

This past Saturday at the Camana Bay field, the Lone-Star Jager Monsters secured their second win.

Meanwhile the Hammerheads Lady Sharks proved it is definitely shark week. Both teams defeated their opponents in the fourth week of the Dart Women’s League, hosted by the Grand Cayman Flag Football Association.

Game one of the day came down to the wire, going into overtime with a score of 6-6 at the game clock’s expiration. The offensive changes that the Lone Star Jager Monsters implemented a couple of weeks ago seem to have made a tremendous impact on their chemistry and ability. Quarterback for the second week in a row, Christina Hefner, completed 15 passes out of 27 attempts. Erica Bosch-Boone was once again her favourite target, receiving four of Hefner’s passes, followed by former quarterback Michelle McTaggart and newcomer Shalisa Barnett, each with three receptions. Hefner’s game winning plays were made with a touchdown pass each to Barnett and Renee Thompson.

The Monsters’ defence focused on stopping their opponent’s quarterback, Christina Pineda, by sending a steady blitz – knowing that giving her any time to throw a long ball would hurt their chances. Marine Williams put all effort out by sacking Pineda four times during the game. Christine Bisnauth had a season game-high of five tackles, followed by Melanie Lewis with four. Tricia Miller also chipped in with a sack to the quarter back and Renee Thompson had an interception in the second half.

For the Androgroup Killa-Panthers, who were missing their second quarterback Lisa Malice, the pressure from the Monsters proved too great. Christina Pineda assumed full quarterback duties for the game, and although her passes were right on target with 21 out of 28 attempts completed, the team lost to the Jager Monsters with a final score of 12-6 in overtime.

One of the most costly decisions to the Killa-Panthers during their overtime drive was declining a roughing the passer penalty, after a 20 yard catch by Dilbert put them within 12 yards of the end zone. Had the penalty been accepted the 20 yard play would not have counted, but they would have received 10 penalty yards and an automatic first down, giving them four more attempts to score. Pineda’s last throw of the game went to Ebanks who was just outside the end-zone and unable to make it in before Monsters’ Thompson made the game winning tackle, ending the Killa-Panthers offensive drive.

Leading the offense in receptions for the first time this season was Sophia Dilbert, who caught seven passes from Pineda. Heather Roffey was Pineda’s next look, with six receptions to her game. Pineda spread the ball around to Tonia Ebanks with three receptions, Caron Murphy with two receptions and Kristen Watler-Miller with one reception. The lone touchdown was made by Pineda as she saw the opportunity to run the ball into the end zone.

Gillian Roffey had an amazing game on defence with seven tackles, followed by Becky Coe and Sophia Dilbert with two tackles each. Natalee Dyke also answered back on defence with a sack to the Monsters’ quarterback Christina Hefner.

In the second game, the Hammerheads Lady Sharks brushed off their previous week’s loss and bit hard into the Python’s game, winning 24-6. Quarterbacks for Lady Sharks, Bobeth O’Garro and Ellen Downey, completed six of eleven pass attempts and five of six attempts respectively.

Between the two quarterbacks, three interceptions were thrown, which could have been detrimental to the Sharks momentum if they hadn’t stopped the Pythons on most of their possessions.

The ball was shared amongst the offensive line-up, with touchdown passes made to Scimone Campbell, Courtisha Ebanks and Kathy Miller who only needed to take a few steps to make it into the end zone. The final touchdown was made by Dionne O’Garro-Anglin who ran the ball in 15 yards to the end zone.

Teamwork was key when it came to defence, as nearly every Shark player made a tackle. Serena Yates and Campbell each had three tackles and Yates also sacked the Pythons’ quarterback once. The unassuming but quick ball-handler Keisha Anglin came up huge on defence with two interceptions and two tackles.

For the Pythons, who have yet to secure a victory, their improvement on offense was evident as quarterback Tamika Byrd made 12 of 18 passes, with two interceptions thrown. Her favourite target was Jessica Ebanks, who caught eight passes. Anna Nyuandi and Carla Martin each received the ball twice. It was an interception that the Pythons caught near the 25 yard marker which put them close enough to their end zone as they switched to offense, for Byrd to run the ball in for the team’s lone touchdown.

On defence, Jessica Ebanks again showed she is the rookie to beat this year, as she intercepted two balls and made two tackles. Leading the Pythons defence in tackles was Nyuandi, who had six, followed by Colleen Williams with three. Violet Whittaker-Powell also showed her finesse as a rusher as she sacked the Sharks’ QB once and made a well-read tackle on a hand-off behind the line of scrimmage. Cynthia Powell also contributed with two tackles.

This Saturday’s game action sees the Dominos Wolverines against the Pythons in the first series, with Androgroup taking on the Hammerheads Lady Sharks next. Monsters have a bye this Saturday. Games begin at 10am at the Camana Bay Field, with snacks and refreshments available for purchase.

It should be noted that prior to Saturday’s games a number of players have filled the stats-sheet. Currently Antoinette Lewis of the Dominos Wolverines is rated as the league’s top passer. She has seven touchdown passes, two interceptions and a 78.79 quarterback rating. Her performance is a big reason why the Wolverines are unbeaten atop the league standings.

The top-ranked defensive player is Kathy Miller of the Lady Sharks. She has 19 points to top the list with five tackles, two interceptions, two sacks and one defensive touchdown. Campbell of the Lady Sharks is the top-rated offensive player with 25 points, thanks to seven receptions and three touchdowns.

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