The Hot 104.1FM Cheetahs are fighting to keep their playoff hopes alive.
Last Saturday, the Cheetahs got a boost via a 0-0 draw with the Burger King Wolverines at the Camana Bay Field in the Dart Women’s League under the Grand Cayman Flag Football Association.
A dwindling roster and injury to the Wolverines’ quarterback is affecting the team’s chances of winning the championship. Both Joni Wood and Alex Terry shared quarterback duties, with Wood completing nine of 19 pass attempts and Terry completing just three of ten, with one interception thrown.
Shinette Rhoden, normally just a defensive player, led her team on both offence and defence, catching four balls. Terry also had four receptions and Alexandria Saintvil, also mainly a defensive player, had three catches.
Rhoden had the most tackles on defence with six, followed by Carrie Barnett with five. Saintvil also had three tackles and Jahzenia Thomas had a sack. The Wolverines are unsure if their star quarterback, Antoinette Lewis, will return in time for the playoffs, as what looked like a championship season for the team may just slip out of their grasp with the possible loss of one of their key players.
The Cheetahs played an incredible defensive game, but were unable to move the ball down the field or score against their opponents. Jamesette Anglin was the quarterback and completed 11 of 14 pass attempts, an excellent record after picking up the role more than halfway through the season.
Tonia Ebanks-McLaughlin had four receptions, followed by Chantelle Range-Ebanks with three. Trenny Nelson and Jessica Richards had two receptions each.
Spirited tackler Tracey Seymour proved vital defensively, picking up ten tackles. Jennifer Cotarelo had four tackles and Sara Dixon had two sacks.
Although the ball didn’t move much, the game was intense as the Cheetahs being one of the lowest seeds held the Wolverines- one of the highest ranked teams- from securing a win or even scoring.
With only two weeks left in the regular season, the final two playoff spots will be a battle between the Cheetahs and the Subway Stingers, Lone Star Jager Monsters and Maples Bliss. Burger King, along with the Hammerheads Lady Sharks, Zulu Warriors and Androgroup Killa Panthers, are the top seeds favoured to dominate the postseason.
Last Friday night’s games saw Subway earn their second victory over Lone Star 12-6. Stingers quarterback Christina Pineda completed 11 of 16 pass attempts, with one interception thrown. Dionne Anglin led the offence with three catches, followed by Keisha Anglin and Joanne Remillard with two catches each.
Leading the defence for Subway were Sasha Tatum and Anna Nyaundi with five tackles each. Playing safety for most of the game, when Nikki Ebanks stepped up to rush, she managed to sack the Jager Monsters’ quarterback one time. In the last minute of the game, Joanne Remillard intercepted a ball and ran it back 20 yards for a defensive touchdown, tying the game which led into overtime.
During overtime, it was Pineda’s spectacular 30-yard pass that Ebanks snatched in-between two defenders and ran in a final 10 yards to secure what would be the winning touchdown for Subway.
It was a tough loss for the JagerMonsters as they kept Subway from scoring til the last minute of the game. Quarterback duties were shared between Tricia Miller and Erica Bosch. Miller completed 15 of 25 pass attempts with one interception thrown and Bosch didn’t hit any receivers on either of her two pass attempts.
Bosch was on fire on both offence and defence, catching six of Miller’s passes. Monique Roberts had four receptions, followed by Renee Thompson with three. Devon Smith caught the lone touchdown for Jager Monsters off the one-yard line.
Thompson led the way on defence with four tackles, followed by Tricia Bell with three. Miller and Smith each had a sack and Bosch had three tackles and an interception that nearly led to a 40-yard defensive touchdown, but was tackled right outside the end-zone. Lone Star were unable to secure a touchdown in overtime and Subway walked away with a hard-fought win.
Friday’s second game saw Zulu beat Maples 12-0. Jessica Pawlik was the main quarterback for Zulu, completing just 10 of 29 passes with three interceptions thrown. Dionne Whittaker stepped in as quarterback relief and completed one of three pass attempts.
Whittaker was the warrior on offence with five receptions including two touchdown catches in the end-zone. Schmarrah McCarthy received three balls and Emily Vakauta had two receptions.
On defence, Shari Seymour had one of her best games of the season with five tackles, followed by Wendy Torres with four and Tanjana Campbell and Whittaker with three each. Adrianna Christian and Agueda Blake had one sack each and Hortencia Jackson and Maggie Ebanks came up with one interception each.
Quarterback for Maples Eleanor Berry completed 10 of 21 passes with two interceptions thrown. Berry’s favourite look on offence was Diannera Whittaker who had four catches, followed by Sheyla Torres with three. Isatou Sey and Marleena Smith had two receptions each.
Key defensive player for Maples, Somali Hall, had five tackles and one interception. Berry also came through with three tackles and two interceptions and Sheyla Torres also added three tackles. Maples have one game up on both Subway and Lone Star and need to secure the next two wins to ensure their spot in the playoffs.
The week’s biggest upset saw Androgroup putting an end to the Hammerheads’ winning streak, shutting out last year’s championship team 20-0.
Androgroup quarterback Christina Hefner enjoyed a great passing game, completing 19 of 36 pass attempts. Lisa Malice also stepped in as quarterback with one of two passes completed.
Hefner saw Alicia Dixon the most on offence, as Dixon had six receptions including one touchdown she ran in a few yards and catching the conversion points in the end-zone. Heather Roffey saw two receptions, including one catch in the end-zone for a touchdown and Kara Coe caught the third touchdown pass. Janique Samson also contributed to the score with her catch in the end-zone for conversion points.
A tight defensive game helped shut down the Lady Sharks, as Roffey and Samson led the way with three tackles each. But it was the rushers who put the pressure on Hammerheads’ quarterback that helped seal the win. Cassandra Bodden had two sacks and Glenita Logan and Stephanie Watler had one sack each. Androgroup hasn’t lost much of their roster to players returning to school or out with injury and their strong team line-up is making them a great contender to walk away with this year’s championship.
For the Lady Sharks, quarterback Hong Nguyen’s passing game was pressured as she only completed 12 of 25 pass attempts and was sacked a number of times.
Rebecca Lucas led the offence with four receptions, followed by Sophia Foster with three and Lilia Conolly and Judy Rivers with two catches each. Although Hammerheads were able to reach within 20 yards of the end-zone, Androgroup proved too tough to score on in Saturday’s game.
On defence, Rivers excelled with six tackles, followed by Lucas with five. Foster also chipped in with four tackles. Having a depleted team may hinder Hammerheads’ chance to retain their championship and the team will have to better protect their quarterback to ensure a more effective offence.
This Friday night, 31 August, Camana Bay sees the Killa Panthers versus the Wolverines at 8pm on field one and the Warriors against Hammerheads on field two. Saturday morning, 1 September, begins with Lone Star taking on the Cheetahs at 10am, followed by Subway against Maples Bliss at 11am.