The Cayman Islands Flag Football Association Digicel Men’s Flag Football League featured the top two teams in the DMS Hellcats and Club House Bulldogs.
The Hellcats came in to last Saturday’s showdown boasting the top offense whilst the Bulldogs featured the top defence. Additional buzz surrounded the match-up due to the heralded return of quarterback Chris Spigner to the Bulldogs line-up. Dave “Spanish” Valez filled in admirably during his absence but many believe that Spigner brings a more explosive element to the offensive attack with his ability to challenge defences vertically.
On the Bulldogs’ opening play at the Ed Bush field in West Bay, Spigner would connect with Jyoti Choi up the seam of the Hellcats defence for a 55-yard touchdown. Choi followed up his TD with an extra-point kick right between the uprights.
On came the savvy Hellcats offence led by Jacob “Frecko” Ebanks looking to respond. In typical fashion, they went with a methodical approach highlighting their ability to run the football, complete short passes and screens. Frecko read the defensive coverage well, spreading the ball around to a plethora of receivers being Oliver Parker, Nikolai Hill, Kevin Maxwell and Perry “BoyWonder” Levy to get the Hellcats in scoring position.
Two plays later he connected with Clay Coleman for a TD igniting the Hellcats bench. Whilst their offense was clicking, Phil Brown gathered his defensive group to cover assignments. The defence responded commendably by shutting out the Bulldogs the rest of the game. Al Nixon and fill-in Richard Allen were instrumental with many timely sacks and tackles. As momentum continued to flow the Hellcats way, Frecko hooked up with the BoyWonder for the game-winning TD for a final score of 12-7.
In the first game of day, the Burger King Panthers shut out the PWC Renegades 16-0 to end their two-game losing streak. Chris Lucas led the charge, completing 10 of 17 passes, one TD with one interception. Taj Haye, whose play has improved each week, was the recipient of his 1 TD pass. Jon “Carol City” Carter ran in the second TD and Simon Rivers kicked in a few extra points to round out the scoring. Defensively, Samuel Anderson was a game-changer with three INTs to become defensive player of the week.
For PWC, Chris Lebeau was under centre once again and had a rough outing. He only completed three of seven passes with no TDs and two INTS. Back-up Brandon Ure replaced Lebeau later in the game and was just as ineffective. It’s the same old story for the struggling Renegades, who are winless on the season. They do face a caving Hurricanes team this week and some believe this might be their best opportunity to get a win.
The other game of the day saw the Maples Packers survive a late charge by the Cayman Power Sports and Marine Hurricanes to win 13-6. Barrett Edri continued his solid play leading a number of quality drives, two resulting in TDs. Will Peguero Jr was again his favourite target with a number of receptions, one in traffic resulting in a TD.
Chris “WetRice” Bennett caught the second TD for the Packers showing signs of his growth each week at the receiver position. Defensively, Larue Nixon had a solid game with an INT and five tackles. The Packers look to improve on their three-game winning streak when they face off against the Bulldogs in this week’s feature game of the week.
For the Hurricanes, Glenn Duran Jr had another shaky outing as he struggled to build any flow in the first half. There is no excuse for such a talented team to have a 1-4 record. Individually, players need to take a hard look in the mirror in order to right the ship and meet expectations.
Baron Solomon was once again a bright spot, scoring a TD off a nice spin move avoiding potential tacklers. Jr McField chipped in with five receptions as well. Davelee “Bull” Cole showed a lot of range in coverage at the safety position with a pick and a number of passes knocked down. The Hurricanes have a favourable matchup this week against the PWC Renegades and need a win to stay in postseason contention.