The Island Air Flag Football league was the scene for some high flying action this past weekend. The first game of the day was Maples facing off against the league-leading dms Hellcats. Maples, a young team missing their star QB Tyler Lee, struggled on offence and gave up a quick interception to star linebacker Phil Brown. Hellcats QB Jacob ‘Frecko’ Ebanks had a well-balanced run and pass attack that culminated in a touchdown run by Brown. Hellcats kept Maples on their heels and got great field position with a savvy punt return by Nate ‘Night Crawler’ Narcisse. The Hellcats would cap off their possessions with touchdown catches by their tight end Kevin ‘Star Boy’ Maxwell.
In the second half Maples were stalled by Richard ‘Bullet’ Allen, who hauled in two interceptions and set up two Hellcats touchdowns by Narcisse and Renford ‘X-Factor’ Barnes. The final score of the game came from Maples stand-in QB Justin Wight who tossed a great pass to wide receiver Chris Bennett. Final score: dms 34-Maples 8.
Maples take on Hammerheads Pirates next week while dms Hellcats will be facing off against long-time rival Dog House Bulldogs.
Both the Pirates and Bulldogs faced off last Saturday. Hammerheads got an early 7-0 lead as QB Gregory Ebanks connected with Ransford Welcome for a 60 yard TD pass (the extra point was converted by Nigel Solomon). Early on the Bulldogs were stifled by the Hammerheads defence, lead by Neville Morgan and Frankie Braithwaite. Ebanks would produce a short TD run to giving the Pirates a commanding 13-0 edge.
Doghouse soon got in gear as QB Chris Spigner scrambled and found Scott Murray for a 60 yard TD pass (the extra point was converted by Dave Velez). Spigner orchestrated the game-winning drive and tied the game with a 10 yard TD pass to Matt Bone. Velez had the game-clinching extra point for a Doghouse 14-13 victory.
In the third game the Cox Lumber Colts slaughtered the PWC Ironmen 48-0. Colts QB Kevin Solomon had multiple touchdown passes with scores to Rhys Ebanks (2 TDs), Brad Connolly (1 TD), Andrew Frederick (1 TD) and David Taylor (who had an exceptional game with an interception for a score). Solomon also got into the end zone with a short TD run. The lone highlight for PWC was Antonio Hanna filling in at QB.
The last game of the day was between the Burger King Panthers and the Calabash Soldiers. The game started off with the Panthers stout defence slowing down Calabash. Burger King then took control of the game early with a hard-nosed running attack that lead to two early touchdowns and a conversion by hybrid running back/wide receiver Simon Rivers.
The Panthers’ defence then held the Farm Soldiers in check until a last-second touchdown pass from QB Glen Duran to wide receiver Will ‘T.O’ Peguero. At halftime the score was Burger King Panthers 13, Calabash Farm Soldiers 6.
In the second half the Farm Soldiers defence tightened up and limited the Panthers’ run attack; forcing an errant pass which resulted in a costly interception that set up great field position for the Soldiers. Calabash then capitalized with a great run by their primary weapon, wide receiver Leslie Harvey and converted a 2 point attempt to take the lead.
Calabash once again stalled a great drive by the Panthers and then on their next drive extended their lead to seven points with a pin-point pass in the heart of the Panthers’ defence from QB Glenn Duran to rookie wide receiver Brian ‘Bam Bam’ Moxam.
The Panthers made an opportunity for themselves to try and tie the game late in the second half, but with a controversial defensive penalty and lack of time on the clock which limited their chances, they were unsuccessful. The final score would read 20-13 in favour of Calabash.
Look for Burger King to attempt to avenge this tough defeat when these two teams meet again on September 10th in the final game of the regular season.