The Burger King Wolverines made a good start to their title defence.
Last year’s national women’s flag football champions beat the Lynx, 9-8. Last Saturday’s contest was part of the opening regular season games in the Cayman Islands Flag Football Association 2013 Digicel Summer League. Ed Bush Sports Centre in West Bay hosted nine matches from 11am that encompassed the Men’s Premier League and the Women’s Premier League.
It may have sounded like a close game, but it should be noted that the Wolverines played without their regular quarterback, Antoinette Lewis. Nekita Saintvil stepped up in the pocket the entire game and did a great job for a first time QB. “Caribbean’s Next Top Model” winner Treveen Stewart would score the Wolverines touchdown. Benieca Thompson got the extra point.
Lynx, under former Wolverines coaches Oliver Parker and Renford Barnes, would score their TD in the second half. The rookie franchise featured veterans like Jessica Ebanks and Courtisha Ebanks. Phil Brown, David Taylor and Adrean Russell now coach the Wolverines and they expect this season to be a good one.
From there, the Lady Sharks beat the Zulu Warriors, 9-6. Scimone Campbell served as QB for the Sharks and Krishan Welcome scored a TD, going about 40 yards from the line of scrimmage. Zulu veteran Dionne Whittaker ran in her team’s lone score.
The CrossFit 7-Mile Scorpions beat the Androgroup Killa Panthers, 6-0, in overtime. This was an intense game as both teams seemed to be struggling to get the ball away from the middle of the field, where there were a few turnovers. Alicia Dixon was roughly 1 yard from the end zone in overtime, but false starts stifled the team. Emily Vaka’uta would grab the winning score for CrossFit.
Star Athletic Club crushed the Lady Saints, 26-0. Lady Saints QB Tamika Byrd, who has been playing flag football for a few years now, recruited a new team full of rookies. That would pave the way for Star Athletic, formerly known as the Cheetahs, to come out hard in their first game.
Ultra B’zzz clobbered Maples Storm, 15-0. The B’zzz, sponsored by Ultra Lounge, got touchdowns from Marleena Smith and Joanne Remillard. The side formerly known as Subway got an extra point conversion from Tonia Ebanks-McLaughlin.
On the men’s side, the Burger King Panthers clipped the Lone Star Mustangs, 7-6. This was a very close game as the Mustangs gave the Panthers a warm time in the first half. Taj Haye played well for Burger King, rookie teammate Sonji Burrell had a good game with two sacks and three tackles and David Taylor kicked a field goal.
The Cox Colts defeated the WestStar Saints, 20-6. Offseason addition Raheim Robinson starred for Cox on offense and it was a great start to the season behind QB Kevin Solomon. The Saints have new players to the game, as the majority have only played in this year’s coed league, and there is room for improvement under coach Joseph Byrd Jr.
Cayman Power Sports and Marine Hurricanes would beat the KPMG Sharks, 6-0. The Hurricanes did not play a great game but managed to come out on top. Hurricanes QB Glenn Duran Jr. was under pressure often from KPMG rookie Michael Swaby, who had four sacks and four tackles. Peter Whittaker managed to score the game’s lone TD.
In the nightcap, the Maples Dolphins upset the dms West Bay Hellcats, 6-2. Last year’s national male champions got off to a bad start where they ended up beating themselves. Maples did not play such a strong game but Jordan Cacho managed to intercept a pass and run it back for a TD with four Hellcats missing his flag.
Dms fell short as they got only a safety. QB Jacob “Frecko” Ebanks was definitely not at his best and it seems to be a very challenging season ahead for Cayman’s reigning dynasty.
The association now goes into week two with games at Ed Bush this Saturday, 8 June, from 11am. It has already been an exciting beginning with a lot of players changing teams and the women and men returning back to the same venue.
The association would like to thank Digicel for sponsoring the league once again. The association is looking forward to a very interesting season for both players and fans alike.