With three straight championships, Burger Shack are officially a dynasty in local flag football.
The squad formerly known as Child Please recently nabbed the A League crown in the 2014 Burger King Coed League, put on by the Cayman Islands Flag Football Association. Burger Shack ended their flawless campaign with a 26-6 victory over Wok-N-Roll at the Ed Bush field in West Bay.
Perry Levy serves as league coordinator and played for Burger Shack. He says the team is not taking championships for granted.
“At some point, this run we’re on will come to an end so I appreciate every time we walk away with the trophy,” Levy said. “We were driven all season to complete a three-peat and win our fourth championship in five years. Going undefeated and attaining a perfect season was just the icing on the cake.”
Behind the likes of quarterback Barrett Edri, star receiver Will Peguero Jr. and A League Men’s Most Valuable Player Chris Bennett, Burger Shack would go 8-0 during the regular season to earn a first-round playoff bye. In the semifinals, the squad defeated Chris Lucas and Impressions Beauty Salon, 12-7, while David Taylor guided Wok-N-Roll past Andro Elevator, who sported Women’s MVP Lisa Malice.
Bennett says in his mind, next season will produce a fourth straight title.
“Playing with Child Please taught me what real team work can accomplish,” Bennett said. “The group of individuals I played with made the entire season fun and I look forward to doing it all over again next year. Special thanks to our sponsor, Burger Shack, for their support all season – giving us the opportunity to go out and play.”
Aside from Burger Shack, Higgs and Johnson emerged winners by claiming the B League title. They beat Computers R Us, formerly Ospreys, 26-14. Behind Brad Conolly and Men’s MVP RaShaun Wright, the lawyers would go 7-1 atop the group to earn a first-round bye before beating Gary Rutty and Burger King, 46-14, in the semis. Computers R Us, who featured Women’s MVP Dionne Whittaker, got past Robbie Cribb and Cayman Auto Diagnostic Clinic, 7-6.
Conolly says his team’s success speaks for itself.
“We had a great team with a great attitude, which made for a great season,” Conolly said. “We had a lot of fun and look forward to next season.”
Going forward, the sport turns its focus to the adult summer leagues which get going on June 21. Games will, once again, take place at Ed Bush with the opening jamboree slated for June 14.
Rutty, who sponsored last season’s winning Panthers men’s team, said the coed competition showcased plenty of local talent.
“I want to congratulate Burger Shack and Higgs and Johnson, this year was another successful coed flag football season,” Rutty said. “It is great to see everyone come out from all walks of life to enjoy a friendly yet competitive game. There is some real natural talent in Cayman.
“Most importantly, I want to thank all of the volunteers who came out to make this a successful and well organized league. Burger King is honored to be a sponsor and we look forward to next year.”