The Burger King Coed Flag Football League is heading into its final week with various teams fighting for playoff berths.
There is unfinished business to be settled, especially in the “B” division where playoff positioning for all four seeds is still in play. The results of standout games this week such as Kirk Freeport versus Burger King, Wok-n-Roll versus Lone Star and Cayman Auto versus West Star will all impact the playoff scenario in one way or another.
Games will kickoff at 6.30pm at the Ed Bush Sports Centre in West Bay.
In last week’s action, Mourant Ozannes subdued Lone Star, 26-14. The dynamic play of Brad Conolly and Shawanna Hera was the difference. Both dominated the game on the ground, rushing for four touchdowns combined. Celester Anderson helped out on defence with an interception.
For Lone Star, quarterback Jamie Stephen led the charge with two TD passes and a couple of extra points. Todd Hazlewood was his favourite target, being the recipient of both TDs.
The opening game saw Grape Tree Café rally from a 14-point halftime deficit to shock Duke’s, 29-28. Peter Whittaker once again led the Grape Tree Café attack and continued his hot play with four TD passes. He spread the ball to a plethora of receivers with Joni Wood, Andrew Frederick, Monique Roberts and Baron Solomon each catching a TD.
Ryan Ebanks helped out on defence with a vital interception and also caught the game-winning point after. For Duke’s, Dave Velez and crew showed flashes of the creative offensive team that excelled last season. Unfortunately, they once again could not sustain their level of play for the entire game, being blanketed in the second half.
On the opposite field, Kirk Freeport stayed alive in the playoff race by trouncing KPMG, 34-12. Chris Kirkconnell spearheaded the jewellers’ assault with his best performance of the season. He threw an imposing four touchdown passes and also took matters into his own hands, breaking off a 20-yard scoring jaunt on the ground. Jerry Beck was his favourite playmaker on the day with two TD receptions.
Emily Vaka’uta and Kelli Dawson each had a TD and Will Koutney chipped in with a couple of extra points. Koro Vaka’uta gave them an extra possession on offence, notching his second INT of the season.
For KPMG, the dynamic duo of Jay Robinson and Andrew Edwards delivered again connecting for two TDs. Unfortunately, they simply could not keep pace with their competition, whose quarterback was in a zone.
In other action, Go Flag Yourself! ended their three-game skid when they knocked off Queensgate, 26-6. Paul McField, Scimone Campbell and Meghan Boccaccio each scored TDs for Go Flag Yourself! Boccaccio also had a monster day on defence with three INTs. For Queensgate, Nate Narcisse hooked up with Taj Haye for their only score of the game. It’s really been a dismal season for the talent-laden bunch, who simply lack roster continuity. Offensively, they have been unable to generate any consistency, thus resulting in a league-low 45 points. They wrap up their season against the Wolverines this week.
Later on, Cayman Auto Diagnostics defeated Burger King, 21-7. Jessica Pawlik and Joel Rivers each threw a TD pass to Robbie Cribb. Simon Rivers added a TD on the ground to round out their scoring. Simon also impacted the game on the defensive side of the ball with an INT.
For Burger King, Gary Rutty was back at the helm and had a modest performance. He hooked up with Gordon McLaughlin for a TD, being their lone score of the game.
In the final and most bizarre game of the night, National Building Society and Maples ended in a rare 26-26 draw. For Maples, David Taylor led the offensive unit orchestrating four scoring drives. He connected with Chris Bennett twice and handed off their other two TDs to Rupert Whittaker and Fabio Galio.
For National Building Society, Brendon Malice was predominately under centre, completing a season-high four TD passes. He hooked up with all his playmakers, Jon Carter, Paul Chin, Stephanie Watler and Alicia Dixon, for TDs. They will await the results of the Maples/Burger Shack game to determine their seeding in the playoffs.
Congratulations to Chris Kirkconnell of Kirk Freeport and Meghan Boccaccio of Go Flag Yourself! They were the men’s and women’s players of the week.