The third week of the Cayman Islands Flag Football Association was completed last Saturday, and the day was jam-packed full of exciting football, all culminating in a dramatic final game of the afternoon featuring the defending champion Hellcats.
In the first game of the day, the Club House Bulldogs continued their winning ways with an impressive outing against rival Cayman Power Sports & Marine Hurricanes, winning 13-0. Dave “Spanish” Velez led the charge completing 9 of 15 passes and 1 TD. He also rushed for a second TD, making a case for offensive player of the week. Jyoti Choi rounded out the scoring for Club House with one catch for a TD.
For Cayman Power Sports & Marine, Greg Ebanks handled quarterback duties for Glenn Duran and struggled with consistency throughout the game. Perennial defensive play makers like Todd Hazlewood and Jon Pump for Club House played the passing lanes well, forcing a number of interceptions and stalling potential scoring drives. Baron Solomon was the lone bright spot for the Hurricanes offense, as he ended the day with 5 receptions. The Hurricanes look to bounce back against the Hellcats this week when they go to head-to-head on Saturday. Also participating in an interesting match-up are the Bulldogs, as they face off against Cox in what many consider the potential game of the week.
In the second game of the day, the Cox Colts clobbered the PWC Ironmen 25-0. Kevin Solomon once again led the charge for the favoured Colts with a solid outing: completing 13 of 21 passes, 3 for TD’s with 2 Ints. He spread the ball out all game to multiple receivers with TD passes to Jeff Wight, Andrew Frederick and Richard Campbell. Jonny McLaughlin also performed admirably for Cox as he provided constant pressure on the Ironmen QB all game. Offensively, he also made some plays out of the backfield by gaining solid rushing yards. Chester Hurlstone rounded out the scoring for Cox with 5 receptions and 1 rushing TD.
For the Ironmen, its back to the drawing board once again as their offense failed to score any points for the second straight week. Defensively, they gave a solid effort led by veterans James Collins and Antonio Hanna. Offensively, Jeff Stower took over quarterback duties for Chris LeBeau and was uncomfortable in the pocket all game. He completed 4 of 18 passes and was erratic most of the game. PWC has a much needed bye this week, one in which they will hopefully spend improving their league worst offense.
The final and most dramatic game of the day featured the DMS Hellcats and Maples Packers. Many are curious to see how the upstart Maples team will develop throughout the season as they have been a quality team with playoff aspirations over the years and have acquired some new key pieces. Former league MVP Leslie Harvey, as well as all-stars Andrew Graham, Will Peguero Jr and George Bustillo have all been added and will undoubtedly prove to be a formidable foe going forward. Offensively, Rookie of the Year candidate Edri Barrett took the helm at quarterback and had flashes of brilliance. He avoided potential sacks and consistently kept plays alive with his legs. His ability to convert third downs frustrated the Hellcat defence throughout the game and kept the Hellcats’ league leading offense off the field. However, despite giving up chunks of yards, Phil Brown (6 tackles and 1 interception) and the Hellcats defence forced a number of key turnovers in crucial moments which ultimately proved to be the difference. QB Jacob “Frecko” Ebanks thrived off of turnovers, connecting with Perry “BoyWonder” Levy in the first half for a walk in TD and then with Nikolai Hill late in the second half which sealed the game at 13-6 for the Hellcats.