Doghouse deserve fresh respect

For the first half of the season Doghouse looked like a decent team. Now the flag football stalwarts are poised for October brilliance.

The Bulldogs produced a convincing 13-7 double-overtime victory over the Calabash Courier Service Soldiers last Saturday. The victory catapulted 5-2 Doghouse to first place in the East division of the Island Air Flag Football League (put on by the Cayman Islands Flag Football Association).

Stats-wise the Bulldogs are on top of their game. The side has scored 108 points (most in the league) while surrendering 46 points (second-best in the competition). Helping to produce those stats are a combination of experienced players (including Jon Pump and captain Todd ‘Hollywood’ Hazlewood) and relative newcomers (Dave Velez, Josh Parsons and Chris Spigner). On Saturday Spigner stepped into the quarterback role and did a solid job of avoiding the Calabash rush and making smart decisions.

Doghouse are now ahead of the 4-3 Hammerheads Pirates, 3-4 Burger King Panthers and 1-6 PWC Ironmen. Hammerheads stayed within striking distance of the top seed with a surprising 6-0 victory over PWC. On one hand a shift at the quarterback position reaped dividends as Gregory Ebanks stepped in for Chris Lucas and made good throws from the pocket. However the Pirates defence was tested as PWC marched to the red-zone on four different occasions, failing to convert because of a lack of execution.

Burger King meanwhile dropped to the defending champion Hellcats for the second time this season. The score this time around was 12-0 as the West Bay defence, guided by Nate Narcisse, did an excellent job of containing Panthers star Ryan Smith.

That victory keeps Hellcats as the squad to beat in flag football. The champs are atop the West division with the league’s best record (6-1) and top-rated defence (allowing a league-low 34 points). The West Bay squad is two steps ahead of Calabash and the Cox Lumber Colts (both 4-3) and the Maples Packers (1-6).

Cox kept their hopes alive of a second seed for the playoffs with a 14-7 victory over Maples. The Packers were up 7-6 at half-time before quarterback Taj Haye and star player Chester Hurlston guided Cox to victory in the second half.

League matches continue this Saturday at the Ed Bush field in West Bay. Hammerheads face Burger King at 1pm, Doghouse battle Cox at 2.15pm, Hellcats face Calabash at 3.30pm and PWC face Maples at 5pm.

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