The Island Air Flag Football league produced some tight games over the weekend. The Hammerhead Pirates climbed up the proverbial ladder with a 6-0 victory over the Burger King Panthers. Hammerheads quarterback Chris Lucas got the offence rolling in the second half and hit wide-out Nigel Solomon for a 35-yard touchdown.
Burger King made some strides with Brendon Malice and Ryan Smith alternating at QB. However the duo were undone by Nigel Solomon’s game-ending interception.
The second game of the day matched up the veteran Doghouse Bulldogs against new-comers Cox Colts. Doghouse got off to a flying start scoring on their first drive. Returning to the starting lineup, QB Chris Spigner hit a number of his wide receivers before capping things off with a TD to Dave “Spanish” Velez.
Cox responded with QB Kevin Solomon finding Rhys ‘RCapone’ Ebanks down the middle of the field for a TD to tie the game. With Doghouse back on offence, the Bulldogs wasted no time moving the ball with QB Spigner throwing a deep 45-yard pass to wide receiver Mathew Bone, who was downed at the five-yard line. On the next play Spigner scored on a rush up the middle.
Doghouse’s defence stopped the Colts on the next drive. From there Spigner threw a beautiful 60-yard bomb to Jon Pump for another Doghouse score. Down by two TDs, the Cox Colts showed heart by not giving up and fought back with a long TD rush by Chester Hurlston and a catch by Jeff Wight to tie the game and send it to over-time.
In overtime Doghouse struck first with Velez hauling in his second TD of the game. But the never-say-die attitude of the Colts saw them fight back yet again with Jeff Wight catching a TD from QB Solomon and Ebanks getting the crucial extra point to win the game with the final score reading 27-26 in favour of Cox.
In the third game of the day two old rivals faced off again with the defending champs dms Hellcats up against Calabash Soldiers. The Hellcats started off the game with a nice balance of pass and run, moving the ball down field.
QB Frecko Ebanks found Clay Coleman for the go-ahead score. After an acrobatic one-hand interception by Calabash linebacker Chris Brown, QB Luigi Moxam threw a 60-yard TD to Peter Whittaker just seconds before half-time.
In the second half Calabash took the lead with star WR Leslie Harvey getting behind the Hellcat defence for the go-ahead score. However the champs responded with a runs by Oliver ‘Darkstar’ Parker and Frecko to move into the Calabash red zone. Frecko then found Kevin Maxwell in the endzone to tie the game. Renford Barnes hauled in the go ahead extra point.
Calabash tried to respond but their attack was repelled with Nate Narcisse intercepting Moxam. The Hellcats then used their power running game, led by Parker, to run out the clock and end the game with a final score of 14-13.
The final game of the day matched up the young Maples Packers against the veteran PWC Ironmen. The Packer defence got off to a great start with Rupert Whittaker intercepting a deep ball attempt and returning it 60 yards through a crowd of Ironmen to score a TD.
On the next PWC drive QB Chris Lebeau was intercepted for the second time of the game by Michael Wilson. Maples young star QB Tyler Lee then throw a 30 yard strike to Wilson for a TD.
PWC’s third drive stalled again as Lebeau was once again intercepted by Wilson. As the PWC offence struggled to move the ball, the Maples offence shined with Lee hitting Whittaker on a 25-yard TD. PWC played with a lot of heart but it was not their day as Whittaker came up with another interception to end the game with the final score reading 24-0 for the Packers.