With only three weeks remaining in the regular season, upper tier teams will aim to improve their playoff seeding in the Burger King Coed Flag Football League.
The showcase game this weekend pits A division frontrunners Andro Elevator against league powerhouse and nemesis Burger Shack. Both teams have cruised to a perfect 6-0 start and many expect an old-fashioned grudge match, given their chippy history. All league games are played on Friday nights from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Ed Bush field in West Bay.
Andro captain Brendon Malice was quoted saying “this Friday will be a true test of how we play as a team and handle adversity. Burger Shack will be a challenge and we’re looking forward to an entertaining and fun game.”
On the flip side, the always brazen Burger shack squad stuck to their persona as QB Barrett Edri was quoted saying, “They’re going to have to start taking the stairs.” Above all the chatter and bragging rights, the winner would potentially secure the top seed in the postseason.
Behind Alicia Dixon, Andro is coming off a 27-6 thrashing of Danielle James and Los Terroristas. Andro are one of the most technically sound sides in the competition and showed it with strong play calling. The losing team is going through growing pains but have shown flashes of brilliance, especially on offense, with QB Jordan Stubblefield.
Burger Shack burned Duke’s, 40-8, behind the relentless pass rush of play maker Chris Bennett. Burger Shack quarterback Barrett Edri led the offense and continued his hot play throwing four touchdown passes. Perry Levy also had a notable game with two TD receptions and two interceptions, one of which he returned for a TD. Will Peguero Jr. chipped in with two INTs and one TD reception of his own and Sophy Broad caught a couple extra points to round out the statistical outpouring.
For Duke’s, this was a disappointing effort by a team, who, coming in, were playing some of their best football of the season. Led by Richard Campbell and Jera Ebanks, their offense struggled to move the ball throughout. The score disparity skyrocketed after halftime which allowed the burger cookers to tee off on defense. Matthew Bone and carnival enthusiast Craig “Festa” Frederick had gritty performances for Duke’s with a couple INTs and a two point conversion.
Arguably the highlight game last weekend saw winless newcomers Walkers upset a talented Kirk Freeport squad. Losers of five straight, Walkers’ determination and refusal to throw in the towel on the season finally paid off. Rookie of the year candidate Timothy Myles was the difference maker for the legal experts with a couple of TD passes, a rushing TD and an INT returned for another TD, notching him player of the week honors.
Ellen Downey, Nino Dilbert and Horace Walters also had good outings with a TD and a number of interceptions. Collectively, it was encouraging for players and bystanders alike to see the squad finally put together a complete game. For Kirk Freeport, opportunities to stay alive in the playoff race are running out as the losses keep piling up. Captain Jerry Beck has shed some concerns with the quality of officiating and the impact that has had on the results of games, but readily admitted that his team has simply not played well.
Paul Reichard made their lone scoring play returning an INT for a score. They have a bye this week and will look to bounce back in week nine against a streaking Maples team.
In the appetizer round, Wok-N-Roll shellacked CrossFit 7Mile, 39-6, behind a career day by Tito Solomon and his season-high five TD passes and numerous extra points. Veterans David Taylor, Agueda Blake, Jason Wong, Nekita Saintvil and Carrie Carter all caught touchdowns during the rout. Defensively, they smothered the fitness specialists behind the prowess of Phil Brown and now appear ready to make a serious championship push.
For CrossFit, their nucleus of Jon Pump, Todd Hazlewood, Schmarrah McCarthy and Jamie Stephens returned to action but that would still not be enough to stop the bleeding. Losers of four straight with a bleak record of 1-5, their relevance is fading each passing week.
On the opposite field, Theron Wood and Maples knocked off Wakeboard Cayman, 30-7. Fabio Gall was again the driving force for Maples, throwing a couple TD passes and taking matters into his own hands by running for a few more. Brett Eden and Martina Bodden were his receivers of choice with three TDs combined.
For Wakeboard Cayman, James Ort and company simply could not sustain any drives on offense to take some pressure off their defense. Quarterback Chris LeBeau had a frustrating performance as he and his receiving core struggled to get on the same page. After showing some promise a few weeks back, the water sports fanatics have stalled of late and are badly in need of a win.
Later on, KPMG and Computer R Us engaged in a thrilling nail-bitter that saw the computer distributors eke out a 22-21 win. Jon Whittaker took the snaps initially for Computer R Us and appeared to struggle assessing KPMG’s defensive schemes. Their offense bogged down on consecutive drives as a result, so coach Rex Whittaker was forced to make a QB change in favor of Dionne Whittaker. This was a game-saving decision for Computer R Us as Dionne energized the squad by running off three consecutive scores. She finished up with 3 TD passes, two to Jon and the other to Zack Seymour.
Ernesto Ebanks rounded out the scoring with a couple extra points.
For KPMG, Deanna Douglas almost single-handedly willed her team to victory when making a number of critical plays in the clutch. She finished up with two TD receptions and one INT on defense and was awarded the player of the week for her efforts. Rob Hendrich spearheaded KPMG’s offense throwing three TD passes and three extra points.
To round up last week’s action, Diandria Bodden and Cayman Auto defeated Timothy Coulson and WestStar, 26-19, and Camille Solomon and Pizza Hut knocked off Bobeth O’Garro and Go Flag Yourself, 18-7.