Junior flag football witnessed the rise of three champions this year.
The Security Centre 2013 Youth Flag Football League saw the Popeyes Saints, Dart Cayman Islands Dolphins and the Maples Raiders win the senior, middle and junior divisions, respectively.
All three squads played their finals earlier this month at the Camana Bay Sports Field. The Saints beat the 3T Cayman Giants, 28-14, for their championship. Adrian ‘Cook Rice’ Rowe, Dominic Martucci and Brett Eden starred for the Saints while the Giants featured brothers Joshua and Jonathan ‘Woody’ Whittaker along with RaShaun Wright.
The Dolphins beat the Walkers Wolverines, 31-14, for their title. Leading the Dolphins were three players of the game. Kalie Broderick led the offence and dissected the Wolverines defence from the quarterback position. Josh Whittaker had several game-breaking receptions and Giovanni Foster tore up the field at running back. The trio also played superb defence on the day.
For Maples, head coach Carlo Ylagan led the troops to a comeback victory. The Raiders trailed 13-8 at the half in spite of a long QB scramble for a TD followed by a two-point convert. The second half featured a clutch fourth down pass for the Raiders from deep in Maples territory. Great defence would follow to secure the win.
Popeyes, Dart and Maples were all top seeds heading into the playoffs. The Saints barely beat Dylan Bostock’s fourth seed Security Centre Packers in the semifinals. Dart had few problems clobbering sixth-seeded Security Centre Patriots, 39-24. Maples coasted to the final after thrashing the Broadhurst Buccaneers, 19-0.
A number of teams took part in the 2013 league, with the Fruta Kool Kidz, the Strategic Risk Solutions Steelers, Conyers Colts and Cayman Islands Flag Football Association Ravens among the notable teams. Noteworthy talents include Aiden Clements of the Al La Kebab Titans and Daviel Foster of the Ravens.
For more information, contact league coordinator Kyle Broadhurst at [email protected]