Jacob ‘Frecko’ Ebanks is a big part of the dms Hellcats’ success in flag football. Recently he was rewarded for it in a major way.
The West Bay quarterback was named Most Valuable Player for the 2011 Island Air Flag Football League. Put on by the Cayman Islands Flag Football Association, the competition wrapped up this month with Frecko guiding the Hellcats to a third straight championship (their sixth title in the last decade).
Watching Frecko from the sidelines has been head coach George ‘Teddy’ Hydes, who has guided the West Bay-based team since inception in 2001. Hydes, one of around eight Hellcats members to play on all six championship teams, states Frecko is a legend.
“Frecko has been named MVP before and he’s a key member of the team,” Hydes said. “The league started in 2001 and the team has been in since then with Frecko being with us from the beginning. He’s part of the puzzle. Quarterback is the most vital position. He’s been doing it for years and he’s not slowing down. He’s like fine wine, he gets better with age.”
Frecko, who turns 42 this year, beat out Doghouse Bulldogs wide receiver Jon Pump, Cox Lumber Colts running back/linebacker Chester Hurlston, multifaceted Calabash star Leslie Harvey and PWC Renegade James ‘Cadillac’ Collins for his kudos. Pump would walk away with hardware though as he was named the Offensive MVP (he beat out Colts QB Kevin Solomon, Calabash QB Glenn Duran, PWC QB Chris LeBeau and Burger King Panthers running back Ryan Smith).
Panthers captain Brendon Malice was Defensive MVP ahead of the Hellcats’ Nate Narcisse, Colts’ Jeff Wight, Will Peguero Jr of Calabash, Antonio Hanna of PWC and Kevin Zimmer of Doghouse. Andrew Graham of Calabash was named Offensive Lineman Of The Year ahead of the Panthers’ Alex Angel, PWC’s James Collins, Doghouse’s Jason Moir, Hellcats’ Ronaldo Garcia and Colts’ Tommy Sofield. Damian Barboram of Hellcats earned Defensive Lineman Of The Year over Chester Hurlston, Kevin Zimmer and PWC’s Marlon Bispath.
Rookie of the Year would go to Chris Spigner of Doghouse and he beat out Maples Packers QB Tyler Lee, Hammerheads Pirates QB Chris Lucas, Colts’ Jonny McLaughlin and PWC’s Gregg Arnold. Phil Brown of the Hellcats would earn Finals MVP.
Of all the categories, Brown (who serves as association president) states the top rookie honour was the most heavily contested.
“The rookie competition was tight but I think we chose a good rookie in Spigner,” Brown said. “The season worked out well, we in the association had great support. I would like to go larger next year. For now I’m keeping some of that stuff secret.
“But I can tell you we’re looking at having more stands next year. We want more fans and more crowd participation at our games.
“We’re looking at bouncing castles as we need more families out. We also did Digicel giveaways this year in the form of Nokia and Blackberry cell phones. They’re one of the sponsors of the league, we thank them for their support and we’re hoping that can continue next season.”