To no surprise, the dms Hellcats made history once again in the world of flag football.
After becoming officially the most successful team last season, the side did one better in 2011. The West Bay-based squad became the first club to win three straight championships and six titles in the last eight seasons.
The Hellcats earned the distinction over the weekend with a narrow victory over the Cox Lumber Colts. The Ed Bush field in West Bay was the site of the match, which served as the Island Air Flag Football League final. Hellcats running back Oliver Parker, who claimed his second straight trophy with the club, states the title is sweet success.
“The game was tough,” Parker said. “But I’ve won two championships in a row with Hellcats. It feels good. Winning championships never gets old.”
Saturday’s contest saw a mix of everything. There were long offensive plays, an onside kick and a string of great defensive plays. The ultimate feat came from Renford Barnes, who picked off Cox Lumber quarterback Kevin Solomon in the end-zone to seal the victory. Barnes, who has produced a number of game-winning interceptions in his career, states the play was memorable.
“It feels good now though I was a little nervous towards the end with the onside kick,” Barnes said. “On the pick I knew Kevin would go big deep down-field. I cheated over and made the pick on Andrew (Frederick, a Colts wide receiver). That play won us our three-peat and did one better than the back-to-back last year.
“It’s a good feeling. This team is a dynasty team. It’s good to be number one again. In fact I see us winning again next year.”