Monsters too hot for Cheetahs

The Dart Women’s League within the Grand Cayman Flag Football Association is nearing the mid-way point of it’s season, with the Burger King Wolverines proving to be the early favourites earning the number one seed after week six of intense flag football action.

The Lone Star JagerMonsters squeezed in their second win of the season in a hard-fought overtime battle against the Hot 104.1 Cheetahs last Friday evening at the Camana Bay Field.

LoneStar quarterback Tricia Miller had a rough game, completing just 10 of 27 passes with two interceptions thrown. Backup QB Erica Bosch stepped in as a second option and completed two of four passes.

Monique Roberts was aggressive on offense for the JagerMonsters notching five receptions, followed by Kristin Kipp with three catches of her own. However it was Renee Thompson who caught the winning touchdown pass in overtime.

Tricia Bell was a monster on defence with two tackles and two interceptions while Marline Williams sacked the Cheetahs’ quarterback once. The rest of the Monsters’ defence was split amongst the team, with Thompson and Nickey Martinich finishing with two tackles each.

Despite good defence, the Cheetahs couldn’t keep their flame burning till full-time, Cheetah QB Kimberly Rivers completed just seven of 21 passes with two interceptions.

Jessica Richards was Rivers’ favourite option, catching five passes on the day, while Sophia Dilbert and Jamesette Anglin caught one each. Dropped passes led to an offensive breakdown as Rivers just couldn’t connect with her receiving core. Leading the defence for the Cheetahs was Jennifer Cotarelo, who finished with six tackles, while Dione Anglin managed four tackles and one interception. Tracey Seymour came up with the teams second interception and added two tackles. Leyla Jackson had three tackles of her own.

Saturday featured the top two seeded teams in the Burger King Wolverines and Androgroup Killa-Panthers facing off in a defensive battle. There was no score until the end of the first half. Despite the lack of offence, the Wolverine’s escaped with a victory in a 14-0 final.

Quarterback Antoinette Lewis finished with a measly 45% throwing percentage, completing just 10 of 22 passes. Joni Wood’s steady hands caught four of Lewis’ passes, followed by Benecia Thompson, Christsania McLean, and Alex Terry with two receptions each. McLean added the second score as she leaped to catch the touchdown pass in the end-zone.

Saneata Smith was the saving grace for the Wolverines, as her six tackles and three interceptions put them on the score board, her second pick resulting in a 35 yard return for a touchdown. Carrie Barnett was also a force on defence, contributing with five tackles. The speedy Jahzenia Thomas had one sack, three tackles and an interception and counterpart Shinette Rhoden added two sacks. Alexandria Saintvil also barrelled through Killa-Panthers’ offensive line with and recorded a sack.

For the Androgroup Killa-Panthers, the first few weeks of the season looked promising as they held onto first-place, but their second loss in a row has knocked the team off the top and left them third in the standings.

Androgroup QB Christina Hefner went 17 for 33 with four interceptions, her stationary style of playing hurt the Killa-Panthers as the Wolverines pass rush was able to rush Hefner’s throws. Both Caron Murphy and Alicia Dixon were Hefner’s favourite looks however, as they had four receptions each. Cassandra Bodden also added three catches of her own. Leading the defence for Androgroup was Suyen Coe with four tackles, Janique Sampson had two tackles each while Denise Delpesh came up with two sacks as well. Glenita Logan fought through to add a sack too.

The Hammerheads Lady Sharks continued their winning streak with a 22-0 win over the Zulu Warriors. Lady Shark QB Hong Nguyen completed 12 of 26 passes and used her lithe frame and swift hips to record a rushing touchdown.

Sophia Foster excelled with three receptions and two touchdown catches, while Lilia Conolly added a cool seven catches herself.

The Lady Sharks defence was strong, Conolly led the charge with three tackles, followed by Judy Rivers and Jennifer Leggett with two tackles each. Leggett also came through with a pick and Simalee Ebanks added a sack as well.

Warriors QB Jessica Pawlik completed eight of 18 pass attempts with an interception. Emily Vakauta tallied four receptions and Dionne Whittaker followed with three catches too.

The Warriors had a tough defensive outing, however Agueda Broderick was able to tally five tackles and a sack. Wendy Torres and Shamar Ennis had three tackles each, while Adriana Christian and Tanjana Campbell both recorded a sack each.

The Maples Bliss celebrated their first win of the season against the Subway Stingers on Saturday with a final score of 14-0. Bliss QB Eleanor Berry had her best game yet, completing 12 of 18 passes and adding an incredible 40 yard run up the middle of the field eluding Stinger defenders and winding up in the end zone.

Rookie Marleena Smith had four catches and a touchdown reception, while Amber Watson dominated the middle by utilizing her height and finished with four catches.

The Bliss defence was strong, they were able stop Subway in their tracks throughout the course of the game. Dainnera Whittaker finished with four tackles and a sack for a safety, Isatou Sey and Somali Small each proved to be key defenders for Maples as both players came up with four tackles. Smith also contributed with three tackles.

Despite recording their first victory in the previous week, Subway played an overall shaky game: Bad snaps and false starts hurt them in the beginning of the game, not utilizing their offensive blockers also led to a poor performance.

Quarterback Christina Pineda connected with her receivers in the latter part of the game, completing 12 of 19 passes. She found Dionne Anglin and Keisha Anglin open over the middle as both players had five receptions. Despite Latoya Cover throwing the ball a single time, it was the only completion that advanced Subway pass the 40 yard line.

Timisha Edwards played terrific at the corner finishing with six tackles, while Keisha Anglin was just as affective and recorded five tackles of her own.

Week seven is the final week of the first half, and the Subway Stingers are set to play the Zulu Warriors this Friday evening at 8pm at the Camana Bay Field. Games resume on Saturday morning at 10am with the Hot 104.1 Cheetahs against Hammerheads Lady Sharks, and At 11am on is the Androgroup Killa-Panthers against the Maples Bliss. The Burger King Wolverines will also face the Lone Star JagerMonsters.

The Lone Star JagerMonsters squeezed in their second win of the season in a hard-fought overtime battle against the Hot 104.1 Cheetahs last Friday evening at the Camana Bay Field.

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