One of the stalwarts of flag football is impressed with the sport’s last major tournament.
Cayman Islands Flag Football President Phil Brown saw many positives in the 2011 International Cup over the weekend. Ed Bush field in West Bay would see local players suiting up for their respective countries.
Team USA went undefeated to take the trophy and had the tournament’s Most Valuable Player in quarterback Chris Lucas. Brown states Lucas was the difference maker.
“I’m not shocked at the US, they put in a lot of effort,” Brown said. “I knew it would come down to them. Chris Lucas played great for his team. He was calm under pressure.”
Lucas, 25, is originally from Cleveland, Ohio and produced 15 rushing and passing touchdowns. He had help from stars like Todd Hazlewood, Brendon Malice, Andrew Frederick and Matthew Bone. The US faced four other male squads in Team World, Cayman North, Cayman East and Cayman West.
The Americans won their title in a 19-14 victory over World. Guiding World in the tournament was quarterback Glenn Duran and two-way stars Nigel Solomon and Leslie Harvey.
While Cayman did not figure into the final result, the teams had some notable talent. The East had a lot of players from the Maples Packers men’s team such as Jordan Cacho and Casey Salgado in addition to Kevin Maxwell (dms Hellcats), David Taylor (Cox Lumber Colts) and head coach Rhod Taylor (who played with the Burger King Panthers).
Brown states on the whole the Cayman teams did alright.
“All of the Cayman teams played well. Cayman East did especially well with a new quarterback in Baggy (David Taylor).”
For the North the majority of players came from the Colts, Calabash Soldiers and Doghouse Bulldogs. Some of the stars include quarterback Luigi Moxam, wide-out Jon Pump and two-way stand-out Taj Haye. Interestingly Brown played for the West alongside Hellcats team-mates Nikolai Hill and offensive lineman Adrean ‘Subway’ Russell (who had a spell at quarterback) with referee Rob Duty serving as quarterback/wide receiver.
The tournament also included a women’s segment with four teams in Jamaica, USA, World and Cayman. World would beat Cayman in the final behind MVPs Bobeth O’Garro and Scimone Campbell. Brown states the ladies held their own.
“All of the games were well contested and came down to the wire. They were really exciting. Andrew Wisdom coached great for the World team and guided his team to victory.”