The Burger King Wolverines are the new champions of women’s flag football.
The Wolverines would defeat the Zulu Warriors 18-6 to win the Dart Women’s League, put on by the Grand Cayman Flag Football Association. Burger King would claim their first championship at the Camana Bay Sports Field.
Leading the way for the Wolverines would be two-way player Jahzenia Thomas, 20. The multi-sport starlet, who turns 21 in about two months, states the title validates a season of sacrifice.
“It’s awesome, the hard work and struggle all paid off,” Thomas said. “Zulu was a challenge, they fought hard. But we put our minds to it for the finals.
“We had a rough season and we held it together as a team. We trained hard and we couldn’t do it without God.”
The title match was a defensive battle decided by big plays. Carrie ‘Chunky’ Barnett started the game off with an interception for Burger King off Zulu quarterback Jessica Pawlik. The result would be a one-yard touchdown run by Thomas.
Agueda Blake appeared to tie the game with a 60-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. However, the referees would waive off the Zulu score due to a forward pass. Thomas scored again in the first half, on a 50-yard TD pass from Antoinette Lewis, to put Burger King up 12-0 at half-time.
Thomas added another TD in the second half while Zulu got their lone score late, courtesy of Dionne Whittaker.
Burger King, who lost to the Hammerheads Lady Sharks in last year’s finals, went into the playoffs ranked third in the league with a 9-3-2 record. Zulu were fourth at 9-5. Both upset the frontrunners to play in last Friday’s championship game.
In the consolation final, the top-ranked 11-3 Androgroup Killa-Panthers would defeat the 10-3-1 Hammerheads 12-6. Alicia Dixon and Ann-Marie Douglas had the pivotal touchdowns for Androgroup.