Panthers tear apart Hellcats

The Burger King Panthers continue to show their dominance on the gridiron. 

The Panthers remain unbeaten in the Cayman Islands Flag Football Association 2013 Digicel Summer League. Burger King, 8-0, had its most impressive victory of the year last Saturday in week eight of the 12-week season, by beating the 5-3 dms West Bay Hellcats, 23-0. 

Burger King captain Brendon Malice states his side’s success at the Ed Bush Sports Centre in West Bay boils down to role players. 

“A full team effort each week is what we bring,” Malice said. “Yet there are a lot of guys who don’t get the recognition they deserve. Steve Ebanks has been a strong lineman for many seasons. Chris Allen is playing one of the hardest positions in the league at centre, he’s under-sized, yet doing a tremendous job.  

“Samuel Anderson contributes. Jamuel Dell, each week he’s making big plays on defence and no one knows who he is. Rhod Taylor, right now, is one of the best linemen in the league, having a highlight reel in the first few games with all the pancake blocks he’s had. 

“Rhod, like the rest of us, doesn’t need the limelight. He wants to win, just like the rest of us.” 

It was a dominant display from Burger King throughout, as the defence frustrated Hellcats quarterback Jacob ‘Frecko’ Ebanks. On offence, the Panthers thrived under QB Chris Lucas with veteran wide-out Taj Haye having another big game with multiple touchdowns. 

Though Hellcat veterans Craig Frederick and Oliver Parker tried to will their team to victory, ultimately it was the intensity from Panthers like Paul Chin and Simon Rivers that made the difference. 

While the Panthers are riding high in first place, the loss keeps the Hellcats fourth in the Men’s Premier League standings. The four-time reigning champions are looking up at the 6-1-1 Maples Dolphins and the 6-2 Lone Star Mustangs.  

Maples, bolstered by the return of QB Barrett Edri, clobbered the 1-7 KPMG Sharks, 20-6, last Saturday while QB Jamie Stephen led the Mustangs as they rolled over Theon McCoy’s 0-8 WestStar Saints, 27-0. 

The Hellcats have to watch the latter half of the rankings. Sonny Powell’s 3-1-4 Cox Colts and Peter Whittaker’s 2-6 Cayman Power Sports and Marine Hurricanes are within striking distance, with KPMG and WestStar in the cellar. The Hurricanes beat the Colts, 19-12, last Saturday. 

Meanwhile, the standings have tightened in the Women’s Premier League as early frontrunners CrossFit 7Mile Scorpions, 6-2, have slipped into third place behind the Lynx and Wolverines, both 6-2. Monique Roberts’ Scorpions suffered their second loss last Saturday to Saneata Smith’s Lynx, 12-13. Benieca Thompson’s Wolverines waltzed to victory over Brittany Ebanks’ 2-1-5 Star Athletic Club, 34-6.  

CrossFit are followed by 5-3 Zulu Warriors, 5-3 Androgroup Killa-Panthers, 4-4 Ultra B’zzz, 4-4 Lady Sharks, Star Athletic, 1-1-6 Maples Thundercats and 0-8 Lady Saints.  

Last Saturday, Janyccee Parchment led Zulu to victory over Tricia Miller’s Maples Thundercats, 26-0. Alicia Dixon and the Killa-Panthers rocked Paulette McField’s B’zzz, 20-0 and Scimone Campbell’s Lady Sharks topped Monique Connolly’s Lady Saints, 13-0. 

The entire league now has a bye week and matches will resume next Saturday, 3 August, from 10am. 

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The Panthers have many unsung heroes. From left, Matthew Bone, Kirk Kelly, Chris Allen and Rhod Taylor.
Photo: Matthew Yates
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