The Digicel Men’s Flag Football Premier League continued with week 4 at the Ed Bush Field, West Bay on Saturday and the biggest highlight was undefeated DMS Hellcats getting blown away by the winless Cayman Power Sports and Marine Hurricanes.
The game got off to a quick start for the Hellcats offence. Oliver Parker initiated the drive with an eight yard run “off left tackle” followed by a 10 yard gain from a screen pass.
This set up a big play off “play action” where Jacob ‘Frecko’ Ebanks connected with Kevin Maxwell for a 25 yard gain, placing the Hellcats at the Hurricanes 15 yard line.
Shortly thereafter, Frecko hooked up with Perry ‘BoyWonder’ Levy in the back right corner of the end zone for the game’s first score.
The Hellcats excitement was short lived though, as a play later Nigel Solomon intercepted their one point conversion attempt and returned it 79 yards for the score.
On came the Hurricanes offence led by Glenn Duran Jr with a supporting cast showcasing good size and strength.
It was apparent early on that their game plan was to control the pace of the game with misdirection runs, quarter back keepers off draw plays and fake hand offs.
After a couple of unsuccessful drives, the Hurricanes made what many consider the game changing play of the game right before halftime. This featured a 45 yard TD connection between Glenn and Ransford Welcome on a deep route, who eluded a number of attempted tacklers, bringing fans to their feet.
With all the momentum swinging in the Hurricanes favour, their confidence was building and it showed on their first drive of the second half.
Duran orchestrated a flawless series, mostly with his legs but with a complement of short passes setting up a game breaking touchdown connection with Barron Solomon. After the Hurricanes failed to convert their extra point attempt, the Hellcats made a late push in the dying moments when Frecko connected with Renford Barnes for a TD. This brought the score to 13-12 to the Hurricanes. The Hellcats opted to go for a two point conversion to win the game but the Hurricanes defence held firm handing the Hellcats their first loss in over a year.
In the first game of the day, the Club House Bulldogs ground out a 7-0 win against the Cox Colts. A defensive game throughout, the Bulldogs were able to make just enough plays on offence to get the win.
Dave ‘Spanish’ Valez once again took the reins at quarterback completing 7 of 10 passes, with one resulting in a touchdown to Jon Pump. Jyoti Choi converted the extra point rounding out the scoring for the Bulldogs who head into their bye on a three game winning streak.
For the Colts, quarterback Kevin Solomon had one of his worst performances of his solid career. He only completed two of 10 passes and was virtually ineffective throughout.
He seemed hesitant to pull the trigger on a number of passing plays and allowed the Bulldogs defensive frontline to gain more confidence and attack with aggression. Chester Hurlstone was the recipient of his two completions being check downs out the back field. It’s fair to assume that the Colts will spend the week trying to improve their offence and try to bounce back against the Hurricanes this week.
Defensively, the Colts did an admiral job holding the Bulldogs to seven points considering they spent the majority of the game on the field. The trio of Chester Hurlstone, Johnny McLaughlin and Raymond Barnes disrupted the Bulldogs offence most of the game, each coming up with a sack apiece. Brad Conolly added three tackles from their secondary.
The next game was what many considered a coming out party for the talented Maples Packers. Offensively they put on a show against the Burger King Panthers. Rookie QB Edri Barrett led the charge, completing 15 of 18 passes, three touchdowns, one each to Will Peguero Jr., Leslie Harvey and Chris Bennett. Offensively the Packers are showing signs of growth and look to keep the chains moving this week against the struggling PWC Renegades who are coming off a bye.
For Burger King, Chris Lucas had a quiet day only completing 6 of 15 passes with one touchdown. Unfortunately, most of his production came in the dying moments of the game when the result was evident. David ‘Swaggy’ Taylor rounded out the scoring with a nice touchdown reception. Defensively, Paul Chin was a factor all game with three sacks showcasing his ability to shred blockers and get after the quarterback.