The Burger King Panthers have started their title defense on a positive note.
Burger King head into week two of the Digicel Premier League, organized by the Cayman Islands Flag Football Association, following a 19-0 victory over the KPMG Sharks. The Panthers now face the Maples Dolphins on June 28 at 1:15 p.m. at the Ed Bush field in West Bay. Last year’s champs showcased some of its new pieces – including Rupert Whittaker – with Glenn Duran Jr. strengthening the running attack and Nicholas Roberts bolstering an already stout defense in support of star quarterback Chris Lucas, who did well under pressure from KPMG linemen like Kenneth Davis.
Maples meanwhile are coming off a 13-6 loss at the hands of the dms West Bay Hellcats last Saturday. The Dolphins sport a completely overhauled roster from 2013, when the side made the playoffs. The Hellcats meanwhile feature many of the same veterans, like Perry Levy and Phil Brown, that have made dms a dynasty in the sport with multiple championships.
The Hellcats are also in action in week two, facing the Lone Star Mustangs at noon. Lone Star – which sports familiar faces like Jon Pump – lost its opener to rookie club Island Heritage Predators, 19-12. The newcomers, who now have a bye week, seem poised to make headlines with their combination of former Maples, Hurricanes and WestStar players like Barrett Edri, Baron Solomon and Ernesto Ebanks, respectively.
Week two’s other clash pits the Sharks against the Cox Colts at 3:30 p.m. KPMG, a playoff team last year behind the likes of Rhys Ebanks and Brad Conolly, hope to get back to winning ways against an evolving Cox squad that saw ageless wonder Kevin Solomon add the likes of Terry Ballard.
In the women’s division, reigning champions Androgroup Killa-Panthers got off to a slow start courtesy of a 0-0 draw with the Lynx. Heather Roffey and the rest of the Androgroup crew will now look for their first win against the CrossFit 7-Mile Scorpions at 2:30 p.m. Jennifer Cotarelo and the Lynx tangle with Star Athletic Club at 11 a.m. Cassandra Bodden and the CrossFit girls lost their opener, 20-0, to the Lady Sharks while Star Athletic lost 19-0 to Zulu Warriors.
Rounding out the week two fixtures, Lady Sharks face Ultra Killa B’zzz at 11 a.m. and Wolverines challenge Zulu at 2:30 p.m. Jera Ebanks and the Ultra crew had a 0-0 draw with Jahzenia Thomas and the Wolverines last Saturday.
The start of the summer league comes ahead of two major youth flag football camps in the coming weeks. The association is staging a week-long clinic designed for youngsters aged 6-17 from June 30 to July 4 at the T.E. McField Sports Center (commonly called the Annex). Refreshments will be provided for each session, which runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the cost is $125 per child.
From there, the Department of Tourism will continue its partnership with the NFL’s Miami Dolphins to stage the second annual Dolphins camp on July 22-23. Former Miami pros such as Sam Madison, Oronde Gadsden and Troy Drayton will be back on Island to lead the sessions, which run 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day.