Week two of the Digicel 2012 Men’s Summer League saw compelling match-ups at the Ed Bush Field in West Bay.
Cayman’s premier male flag football competition saw the reigning champs stay unbeaten while a promising contender stayed among the undefeated ranks. The feature game of the week was a rematch of last year’s finals as the dms Hellcats and Cox Colts faced off and delivered a playoff-type game.
Cox jumped out to an early 6-0 lead with an impressive opening drive which almost seemed scripted. Led by veteran quarterback Kevin Solomon, the Colts had a good balance of power runs and short passes. The result was an easy walk-in touchdown by Chester Hurlston. After the failed extra point attempt by the Colts, the Hellcats offense trotted on to the field.
Six-time champion QB Jacob “Frecko” Ebanks had the Hellcats stick to their traditional balanced approach. Phil Brown was the featured running back and behind the stellar offensive line of Adrean Russell, Barry Bush and Ronaldo Garcia he was able to pick up chunks of positive yards throughout.
This forced the Colts defence to squeeze up tighter to the line of scrimmage, putting more pressure on their defensive backs. The Hellcats immediately took advantage with an over the top 40-yard TD connection between Frecko and Perry “Boy Wonder” Levy tying the game at the half.
The second half would be one-sided as the Hellcats, who have newcomers like Tito Solomon, unleashed Damien “Beast” Barboram. He was in the back field most of the game and finished with a number of tackles and three sacks. The Colts offense while Frecko connected with Boy Wonder for their second TD late, which turned out to be the game-winning score as dms prevailed 13-6.
Burger King would also end their Saturday 2-0 after nipping the Power Sports and Marine Hurricanes 13-6. For Burger King, upstart QB Chris Lucas put together a quality debut completing eight of 12 passes with two TDs and no turnovers. Turnovers proved to be the difference as Hurricanes QB Glenn Duran had three picks. Nigel Solomon scored the lone TD for the Hurricanes, who seem to have the moxie but need to improve in a number of areas. Steve Ebanks rounded out the scoring for Burger King.
The Club House Bulldogs got their first win of the season with a solid outing against the vastly improved PWC Ironmen 25-6. For Club House, QB duties were split between Dave Velez and Luigi Moxam as there appears to be a competition for the starting job taking place. Both QBs orchestrated solid scoring drives. Jon Harvey, Josh Parsons, Brooklyn Earick rounded out the scoring for Club House, who face Cayman Power Sports and Marine next.
For PWC, Chris LeBeau connected with Paul Chisholm for their only score of the day. The Ironmen will now look to get off the snide against Cox in week three.
Ed Bush will host all week three matches this Saturday, 30 June. At 1.30pm, the Hurricanes face Club House, at 2.45pm PWC battle Cox and at 4pm the Maples Packers face the Hellcats.
Aside from the competition, fans can expect loads of giveaways and half-time festivities orchestrated by Digicel. The telecommunications company has sponsored the league for $6,000. The weekly match activities will give spectators the opportunity to win vouchers, free credit and handsets.
At the official opening of the league this month, three fans were randomly selected from the crowd and given the chance to kick a field goal in an attempt to win a Samsung Galaxy SII.
For Digicel Cayman’s Marketing Manager Sharez Laws, the partnership is a long time in the making.
“We have been working on establishing a relationship with the flag football association for a year now,” Laws said. “We did a few activities together in 2011 and recognized so much potential in the sport and its players. We are committed to working with the members of the board to not only assist with the existing league but also bring it to its full potential.
“Our ultimate goal is to make the experience this year a bigger, better and of course an unforgettable one for both players and patrons.”