Going into Week 2 of the Digicel Premier League, the Burger King Panthers look like the team to beat.
Taking on the young Maples Dolphins, last year’s champions had little trouble securing the 28-0 victory. Jonathan Thomas and Kwei General of the Dolphins shined on defense with five and four tackles, respectively, but that was not enough to stop Burger King. The versatile Glenn Duran Jr. ran in two touchdowns for the Panthers and quarterback Chris Lucas hooked up Matt Bone and Simon Rivers for a touchdown apiece.
Fabio Gall was the lone bright spot offensively for Maples with three receptions. The Dolphins face off against the Island Heritage Predators on July 5, who were on a bye week last weekend and are hungry to be back on the field.
The ladies of Star Athletic took the field in their bright uniforms against the ladies of the Dominos Lynx. It was mother-daughter domination on defense for Star Athletic as Amanda Nelson and Trenny Nelson recorded five tackles apiece. Keisha Solomon stepped up into the QB position for the Lynx and managed to battle through the Nelson pressure to record two touchdowns, with both being caught by Christsania Parker. Defensively, rusher Danielle Conolly recorded two sacks for the Lynx and did her part to keep the pressure on.
Amanda Nelson continued her relentless play and nabbed a ball out of the air for an interception that she ran back for a touchdown. The game finished in a 13-6 victory for the Lynx, but head coach Lawrence Nelson of Star Athletic is extremely happy in the growth that he is continuing to see.
Facing off against last year’s champions the AndroGroup Killa-Panthers, the CrossFit 7-Mile Scorpions seemed to struggle to generate anything offensively. Led by QB Christina Hefner’s 11 completions, the Killa-Panthers seemed to be effective with their mix of screen and run plays. Alicia Dixon recorded six receptions for her team and was a major asset in moving the ball. Hefner found Dixon, Jennifer Cotarelo and Kara Coe in the end zone to record three touchdowns for a 19-0 victory.
In the QB spot for the Scorpions was Tamika Byrd, who despite recording 12 completions, was unable to get the her team on the board. The Killa-Panthers now face off against the Anytime Fitness Wolverines on Saturday at 11 a.m.
The men’s game of the week saw the dms Hellcats and Lone Star Mustangs in a defensive battle, with the Mustangs hungry to get their first win of the season. Led by QB Jacob Ebanks, the Hellcats were able to move the ball well, but a key drop and a few miscues in the red zone prevented them from putting up more points. Perry Levy led the team with four receptions and managed to keep the attention of the Mustangs defense whether or not the ball was coming to him.
Jamie Stephen’s efforts on offense for the Mustangs were derailed by the Hellcat defense led by the constant pressure by Damien Barboram. Phil Brown chipped in with four tackles of his own. New recruit Andrew Wisdom caught the lone touchdown for the Hellcats in a 6-0 win. Wisdom, no beginner to the sport, seemed to fit in well with the Hellcats rotation and promises to be a great asset to the team.
The Lady Sharks stepped onto the field against the Caledonian Killa B’zzz with their main QB, Bobeth O’Garro, back in rotation. Completing 11 of her 15 passes, O’Garro looked extremely comfortable in the control seat and lightly fazed by pressure from the Killa B’zzz. Defensively, new recruit Amaris Smith led the way with five tackles for the B’zzz. Her energy motivated the rest of the defense as a number of other players recorded tackles and Jamie Rogers recorded a sack.
Nevertheless, O’Garro managed to find Catherine Ebanks and Serena Yates for two touchdowns. Defensively, the Sharks’ biggest force was Keisha Anglin, who nabbed eight tackles to silence a number of the Killa B’zzz movements. Ivana Powery contributed a sack and an interception. With the 12-0 victory, the Lady Sharks remain undefeated for the season thus far.
The Anytime Fitness Wolverines faced off against the Zulu Warriors and a QB change saw Nekita Saintvil under center for the Wolverines. The Warriors were eager to remain undefeated behind QB Dionne Whittaker and Zulu’s Brittni Ebanks recorded five tackles. Whittaker completed 10 of 16 passes with receptions spread out across five players. Whittaker managed to find Jessica Ebanks and Shenel Gall for three touchdowns between them.
For the Wolverines, Saintvil managed to find Joni Wood and Agueda Blake numerous times, but they were unable to score in their 19-0 defeat. Facing off against the Caledonian Killa B’zzz this weekend, the Wolverines will be hungry to win.
The last game of the day, also known as the prime-time slot, exhibited the talents of the KPMG Sharks and the Cox Colts. Led by versatile Richard Campbell in the QB position, the Colts seemed extremely comfortable on the field, with veteran Kevin Solomon taking up the coaching responsibility this season. KPMG struggled a bit on offense with QB Luigi Moxam completing six passes as Brandon Ure and Brad Conolly were the favorite receivers but the Sharks were unable to score.
Defensively, KPMG leaned on Ure and Conolly with Jeff Stower making tackles as well. However, the defensive presence wasn’t enough as Campbell completed six of seven passes and found last year’s Rookie of the Year Raheem Robinson and new recruit Terry Ballard in the end zone for touchdowns to carry the Colts to a 13-0 victory. Having a bye the first week, it was the first time the Colts touched the field this season, and Cox looked strong after the work they have been putting in over the offseason. The Colts face off against the Panthers on Saturday.
Week 3 of the Digicel Premier League kicks off Saturday from 11 a.m. at the Ed Bush field in West Bay.