The Lone Star Mustangs and the Burger King Wolverines topped all others on the gridiron this summer.
Both clubs earned regular season crowns in the 2013 Digicel Summer League, put on by the Cayman Islands Flag Football Association. Lone Star, behind quarterback Jamie Stephen, went 9-3 atop the Men’s Premier League, while Wolverines, led by veteran hurler Antoinette Lewis, went 10-2 in the Women’s Premier League.
As a result, both squads earned first round playoff byes this weekend. Joining them will be the second seeds in both segments: the Burger King Panthers, who feature QB Chris Lucas, and the Lynx, who feature QB Kim Rivers.
Both the Panthers and Lynx finished 9-3 over a 12-week regular season.
The postseason for both divisions is expected to start this Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Ed Bush Sports Centre in West Bay. In addition to the top two seeds, four other male and female sides will be vying for a championship.
The match schedule sees the CrossFit 7-Mile Scorpions facing the Lady Sharks at 1 p.m., the Maples Dolphins tackling the Cox Colts at 2 p.m., the Zulu Warriors battling the Androgroup Killa-Panthers at 3:15 p.m. and the dms West Bay Hellcats challenging the KPMG Sharks at 4:15 p.m.
Maples, with talent like Leslie Harvey, earned the third seed at 8-2-2 while Cox, who featured Raheem Robinson, were sixth at 4-1-7. Reigning four-time champions dms, with Clay Coleman, finished fourth at 7-1-4.
Will Peguero Jr. serves as cocaptain for the Dolphins and said the journey to the playoffs has been far from smooth.
“The season has been a rollercoaster ride for us,” Peguero Jr. said. “We started out with a three-game win streak, lost our quarterback and one of our cocaptains, Barrett Edri, for a month and we went like 3-1 or 4-1 without him including a tie.
“The team gained its stride toward the end of the season. We proved that by taking out the number one team. So we’re improving and looking forward, not looking back.”
On the ladies side, CrossFit were the third seed at 8-1-3 behind the likes of Cassandra Bodden, while Lady Sharks, with Scimone Campbell, were sixth at 5-1-6.
Zulu, 8-4, were fourth with Dionne Whittaker and Androgroup, 7-1-4, were fifth with Shamar Ennis.
There were a total of 18 teams in the competition. Two men’s sides did not make the playoffs in the seventh place Cayman Power Sports and Marine Hurricanes, who ended up 4-8 behind talents like Donnie House and the last place WestStar Saints, who were 0-12 with David Hill.
Four women’s squads failed to make the postseason in the Ultra B’zzz, who were 5-7 with Marleena Smith, Star Athletic Club, who were 3-2-7 with Amanda Nelson, the Maples Thundercats, who went 2-1-9 with Jessica Maxwell and the Lady Saints, who finished 0-12 with Tamika Byrd.
All played their regular season finales last Saturday. Hurricanes crushed the Saints, 42-0, Hellcats beat the Panthers, 6-0, KPMG defeated Cox, 14-12 and Maples clipped Lone Star, 13-10.
For the ladies, Ultra smashed Lady Saints, 30-0, Zulu toppled CrossFit, 20-6, Androgroup edged Lady Sharks, 6-0 and the Wolverines defeated the Lynx, 6-0.