Teams in the Cayman Islands Flag Football Association’s Digicel Summer League suited up after a bye week and had interesting scores.
Six teams did not play at Ed Bush Sports Centre due to three squads forfeiting a game, however, the remaining 12 teams suited up in pursuit of playoff positioning.
For the first time this season, two games ended in 0-0 draws after going to overtime: Star Athletic Club versus AndroGroup Killa-Panthers and the CrossFit 7-Mile Scorpions versus Lady Sharks.
In the Star Athletic-Androgroup game, defence shined as they both struggled to move the ball. Killa-Panthers’ Becky Lucas stepped up into the quarterback spot due to team members being away. It was obvious that the position was fairly new to her, but she managed to complete 10 out of 23 passes, despite throwing three interceptions. Alicia Dixon led the way with four receptions.
Star Athletic’s QB Kelly Pope went 8-for-23 with Lanisa McLaughlin recording five receptions.
Lady Sharks QB Ileann Powery went 9-for-15 passes and Serena Yates recorded five receptions. Speedster Krishan Welcome made some good catches, but couldn’t get away from CrossFit’s defence.
Despite the Scorpions’ six interceptions that put them in great field positions each time, they were not able to score. CrossFit QB Jessica Pawlik only went 8-for-25 completions with Cassandra Bodden having six completions. On defence, Monique Roberts led the way with three sacks.
The Lone Star Mustangs came out in full force against the Maples Dolphins with Mustangs QB Jamie Stephen throwing two touchdowns to Jon Pump. Chris Spigner starred on both sides of the ball for Lone Star.
Maples, who were fitted out in their new uniforms, had a hard time against the Mustang defence and surrendered three interceptions. Christopher Bennett led Maples with three receptions.
The 13-0 Mustangs victory allows Lone Star to advance into second place, pushing Maples down a slot to third. Both teams will be jostling for the second seed and a first round bye over the next three weeks. Their next games are this Saturday, 10 August, as Mustangs face the Cox Colts and Maples battle number one seed, the Burger King Panthers.
The Wolverines held on to the top spot in the Women’s Premier League as they defeated the Maples Thundercats, 19-0. Wolverines QB Antoinette Lewis is now recovered from her ankle injury, Carrie Barnett had six receptions and a TD, along with Benieca Thompson and Jahzenia Thomas contributed an extra point.
Maples QB Jessica Maxwell threw an interception to Wolverines defensive star Shinette Rhoden. The loss keeps Maples in ninth place ahead of their clash with the Lady Sharks. Nevertheless, head coach Shawn Pitterson is optimistic.
“We’ve have a lot of rookies on our team this year and I’m happy with how they are improving,” Pitterson said. “Yes, we lost, but we still played a good game; losing to the defending champions who have beaten other teams a lot worse isn’t that bad in my books. I can see the improvement in various players since the first week of the season. We’re coming out hard again this Saturday.”
Below Maples in the standings are the Lady Saints, who next face Star Athletic. Defeated by the Zulu Warriors, 19-0, last Saturday, the Lady Saints still excited with their defence. Leading the charge was Yasmin James’ four tackles.
Teams are scoring less against the rookie club, a fact that’s pleasing to the team’s head coach, Joseph Byrd Jr.
Warriors QB Dionne Whittaker threw two TDs and ran in another. Led by Renee Chisholm and Shenel Gall, the Warriors offence didn’t waste any time getting points on the board.
The WestStar Saints struggled in prime time slot against the Cayman Power Sports and Marine Hurricanes. Theon McCoy played QB for the Saints but couldn’t find passing lanes. On defence, the notables for WestStar were Jonathan Whittaker and Avery Ebanks.
McCoy felt intense pressure as he was sacked threw times by Tyrone Chantilope and Davelee Cole of the Hurricanes. Vito Welcome had four tackles and an interception for a TD.
Offensively, the Hurricanes were led by QB Peter Whittaker. Glenn Duran Jr, who played receiver, showed off his speed with each of his five receptions. Duran Jr. had a TD catch along with Selkirk Watler and the result was a 21-0 victory. The Saints next face off against the reigning champs, the dms West Bay Hellcats, while the Hurricanes battle the KPMG Sharks.
The association congratulates the week nine players of the week in: Women’s Offence – Antoinette Lewis, Women’s Defence – Xochil Guzman, Men’s Offence – Jon Pump, Men’s Defence – Dillon Claassens.
Week 10 of the league takes place this Saturday from 10am at the Camana Bay field. The association encourages fans to come out and take in the drama as only six male and six female squads qualify for the postseason.