Week five of the Dart Women’s League within the Grand Cayman Flag Football Association saw first-time losses and first-time wins for teams across the board.
The Zulu Warriors are enjoyed their continued success, beating the Maples Bliss 6-0 last Friday night at the Camana Bay Field.
Quarterback duties for the Warriors were shared between Jessica Pawlik and Dionne Whittaker. Pawlik completed 12 of 26 passes with only one interception thrown, while Whittaker completed three of six pass attempts, also with one interception thrown.
Emily Vakauta caught the lone touchdown pass for the Warriors, while also dominating in the middle, receiving four more passes. When Whittaker wasn’t filling in as quarterback, she showed her versatility by receiving the five passes, helping to move her team down the field.
The Warriors’ defence was led by Wendy Torres, who finished with four tackles, followed by Whittaker with three. The momentum was in the Warriors favour as Maggie Ebanks, Nadisha Walters and Agueda Broderick each had an interception. The Warriors had ample opportunity to build on their score, but the Bliss’ defence came alive in the second half and was able to stop the Warriors from scoring.
Frustration and the inability to catch the football contributed to the Bliss’s poor offensive show as they were unable to move the ball past the 40-yard marker. Quarterback Eleanor Berry completed 50% of her passes (10 of 20) and finished with three interceptions.
Camille Solomon caught five of Berry’s passes over the middle, while her quick-footed counterpart Marleena Smith caught two passes too. Berry tried to spread the ball amongst other player, but when options weren’t available she was able to utilize her speed and ran the ball for chunks of yardage.
Dianerra Whittaker had a great defensive game for the Bliss, finishing with five tackles. However, she fumbled the football and collided with her teammates on key interceptions during the game. Maliqui Awe had four tackles, followed by Isatou Sey with three tackles and an interception. Sey’s interception was a big moment for Maples, as she picked the ball on her own goal line and prevented the Warriors from scoring another touchdown. Krishan Welcome added had two tackles and an interception, while Smith had two quarterback sacks.
The Subway Stingers started off Saturday’s games with their first win and a shut-out against the Lone Star JagerMonsters, with a final score of 13-0.
Subway’s quarterback Christina Pineda showed steady improvement in her game, completing 13 of 24 passes with only one interception thrown.
Long passes to Latoya Cover and Joanne Remillard, who both added 30 yard sprints after the catch, resulted in touchdowns for Subway. Keisha Anglin was another favourite for Pineda as she also added five catches on offense. Sasha Tatum was another contributor to the offence by catching a pass in the end-zone for conversion points.
The Stingers played a solid game on defence, highlighted by Remillard locking down Renee Thompson from JagerMonsters from the corner position while adding four tackles. Anglin also had four tackles on defence while Sasha Tatum and Latoya Cover each came up with an interception, stopping the JagerMonsters from advancing past the 40-yard line.
The JagerMonsters biggest problem was their lack of offence, as they were unable to move the ball down the field. Quarterback Tricia Miller, however, had a good outing: completing 10 of 21 pass attempts while throwing two interceptions.
Centre Erin Marshall was open across the middle for much of the game, receiving four of Miller’s passes there, Renee Thompson also received three balls down the sideline, filling in well with her counterpart covering the middle.
The defence of Lone Star kept playing hard throughout the game, Laura Watler led the team with three quarterback sacks while Christina Ravdas had three tackles. Followed their lead was Renee Thompson and Nickey Martinich who each had two tackles. Thompson also came through with an interception.
The Hot 104.1 Cheetahs played a close game with the Burger King Wolverines, but came up short to a better prepared Wolverine team. The game ended with 14-6 Cheetah loss. Cheetah quarterback Kimberley Rivers completed six of 17 passes with one interception thrown. Jamesette Anglin was on the end of much of her completions, finishing the day with three receptions. Shalisa Barnett was right behind Anglin with two catches.
The Cheetahs defence saw much more action as Jennifer Cotarelo intercepted a ball over the middle of the field, manoeuvred past four Wolverine players and sprinted up the sideline for a spectacular 30 yard defensive touchdown. Amanda Nelson caught a second interception, but slight hesitation stopped her running in a second defensive touchdown as Jahzenia Thomas was able to tackle Nelson just yards from the end-zone.
Adding to the Cheetah defence was Sophia Dilbert who finished with five tackles, Cotarelo finished with four, and Tonia Ebanks-McLaughlin with three tackles. Brittni Ebanks and Nelson each had a quarterback sack too.
Although Burger King struggled in the first half of the game, they were able to pull through with two touchdowns in the second half. Wolverine Quarterback Antoinette Lewis completed 18 of 28 passes while throwing two picks.
Carrie Barnett was an offensive spark for the Wolverines, catching five passes including two in the end-zone for touchdowns. Beneica Thompson also had five receptions, followed by Joni Wood with four. Alex Terry added conversion points with her catch in the end-zone as well.
The Wolverines biggest issue on defence was their inability to pull flags. However, Alexandria Saintvil led her team with three tackles, followed by Shinette Rhoden and Natalee Dyke with two tackles each. Jessica Ebanks came through on the defensive end with one interception.
The biggest upset of the day saw the undefeated Androgroup Killa-Panthers defeated by Hammerheads Lady Sharks 6-0.
One of the most consistent quarterbacks this season in Christina Hefner is at the helm of the Killa-Panthers offence, she completed 19 of 30 passes with one interception thrown against the defending champion Lady Sharks. Hefner’s favourite receiver continues to be the elusive Cassandra Bodden, who finished with five receptions. Caron Murphy followed with four catches and Alicia Dixon helped her team chip down the field with three receptions.
On defence, Janique Samson led her team with four tackles, followed by Suyen Coe and Gillian Roffey with two tackles each. Delicia Ebanks and Stephanie Watler were able to slither past Killa-Pather offensive blockers and came up with a sack each. The Killa-Panthers had some chances to turn the score around with interceptions, as Gillian Roffey snagged two, followed by Ebanks with one pick.
The Hammerheads Lady Sharks didn’t have much to say on offense, but their strong defence kept the team in the lead. Quarterback Hong Nguyen completed nine of 18 passes, with three interceptions thrown.
Lilia Conolly had four receptions and the lone touchdown was from Judy Rivers, who span past the defence to run the ball about 30-yards into the end-zone.
Rivers showed her dominance on defence with an incredible nine tackles, followed by Conolly with five tackles and Zoenief Walker with three. Nguyen sacked the quarterback twice while Walker and Serena Yates managed to pull off one sack each as well. Conolly also had an important interception that saved a much-needed touchdown for the Killa-Panthers.
Week six of the Dart Women’s League within the GCFFA begins Friday evening at 8pm at the Camana Bay Field, when the Lone Star JagerMonsters take on the Hot 104.1 Cheetahs (neither team has won a game yet this season).
Saturday morning’s games begin at 10am with the Burger King Wolverines against the Androgroup Killa-Panthers. Both teams have lost only game yet this season so they each look to remain dominant. At 11am the Hammerheads Lady Sharks match-up against the Zulu Warriors. The Sharks and Warriors are tied in the standings so an intense game is expected. Rounding out the days games are the Subway Stingers playing the Maples Bliss.